Certified Translations for Formal Procedures

Certified translations tend to be used mostly for legal documents and formal procedures. In addition, they meet the legal requirements for official translations in the country in question.

So, are you wondering what kind of legal documents might need a certified translation?

Examples of documents for certified translation
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Employment contracts
  • Certificates of No Criminal Conviction
  • Academic transcripts and university degrees
  • Immigration and visa documentation
  • Work permits
  • Court documents
How to get a certified translation in the UK

1) By asking an “official translator” to translate your document. In the UK, an “official” or certified translator is a professional who has been admitted to the ITI or CIOL, having passed their stringent admission requirements. Choosing a qualified and registered translator minimises the risk of errors and omissions and you can take confidence in the quality of the translations they provide. In addition, they will add their certification, stamps and seal to your document. I also include a cover letter for the authorities with my translations.

2) By asking a qualified translation company to complete and certify the translation.

3) By having the translator sign the translation in front of the notary or solicitor.

Plus, they should always include a statement of truth stating that the translation is a true and accurate translation of the original document. Furthermore, it must include the name and contact details of the translator/translation company and the date.


Unsure about the requirements of the organisation requesting the translation? Then, it’s is best to check with them for peace of mind. By doing so you can make sure the translation meets all your needs.

More information

If you’d like a little more information, please fill out the form on the website or contact me on info@bellatranslations.com  and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about certified translations. You can also find more information on the ITI website.

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