How to get a copy of my official GED certification?

Exam: GED Test - General Educational Development Test: Social Studies, Language Arts - Writing, Science, Language Arts - Reading, Mathematics

GED (general education development) is the test that provides high school dropouts, adults who can’t continue their high school due to some reasons, a platform to continue their studies and have fruitful and satisfying career ahead. After the successful clearance of GED test one needs the GED certificate to go ahead and look for job or further studies. Getting the GED certificate, the student has to be determined and follow few steps to get their certificate. The process of having the GED certificate in various states of United States is different. But a little determination and diligence will fetch you your certificate.

Things that you need to get a copy of your GED certification

  • Internet connection
  • Telephone

Instructions that you should follow

  1. Try contacting the institution or agency where you studied, even if they don’t have your records on file, they will refer you to the concerned person who will have the record. Many times the programs are sponsored by local high schools; their department of education will have your details.
  2. Contact your local state department of education. The telephone directories will have their no in the government listings in the special section.
  3. If above a steps fail to lend you your certification, United States department of education can certainly help you out.they have a record of the achievements of the students, but taking the information out will need your little effort, but you will get you diploma. In case they only offer transcript of your achievements, you can use that transcript to have a certificate or create a diploma.

Where do you get GED records?

Every state in the United States has the records of everyone who passed the test in that state. Whether you need your copy of certificate or you want to verify that the job applicant truy earns GED or not, following steps should be followed:

  1. Find out in which state the GED credential was earned
  2. Check the state education website to find out the states requirement for the request of records
  3. Get the authorization from the GED holder. Most states require
    • Full name
    • Date of the request
    • Date of birth
    • Signature of GED holder
    • Social security number
    • Fax number and address where verification is to be sent
  4. Send the required information by whichever means the state requests to send (some have online request forms too, but a require the sigh of the GED holder).

How to Get Your GED Certificate Sent to You

After studying hard you pass the GED test, now it’s important to have a copy of your GED Certificate. An original copy of the certificate is sent to you on the address you registered to compete the exam. This certificate comes with no additional cost as soon as your scores of the test are processed. In case you want a copy or replacement of the GED certificate you must request for that from the testing institution or the state department of education. Following steps should be taken

  1. Register for the GED test with your current address. Your GED certification will be sent to you on this address upon completion of the exam. Many state of education provide password to view your score online and tae a print out of your certification.
  2. Contact the institute in case you need a replacement certificate. The institute my provide you an additional copy or will guide you where you should go and contact.
  3. If you didn’t get your certificate through your testing institution, get a GED replacement form. The process varies from state to state. Go to your state of education website and follow the steps. Many states allow you to download the form, or ca or write to request the form.
  4. Fill each and every column of the certificate request form. It is important to give the fu name of yours that you gave at the time of testing, you security number, date and location of exam, and the present address where you want your certificate to be sent.
  5. Mail the form to the appropriate address mentioned in the request form. Many states require fess for the replacement certificate; if it’s your replacement certificate attach the requisite amount asked.

Many states of United States follow their own steps to grant GED certification. So students should use their state or jurisdiction link in the official site of GED certification. In most cases, you may need to contact your administrator for more information. Some states may provide third party transcripts request, in that case you have to visit the partners site and if you are requesting transcript on behalf of a test-taker in the following jurisdictions:  DANTES, DC, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Hawaii, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming then also you have to visit the partners site mentioned on the main website.

Site address:-

Recently in June 2014, Ohio State of Education in United States asked all the test takers order there transcripts or duplicate cope of official Ohio GED® transcripts and duplicate diplomas online at:  The link is available for GED test takers.

The benefits of the new GED paperless system:

Same-day delivery:  The students who pass GED in 2014 will receive their electronic transcript immediately in their e-mail ids. The first transcript is free, for each additional request there is fee of 15$.

Forwarding:  Graduates can immediately forward there electronic transcripts directly to schools or their employers who are requesting them.

Choice: Students have a choice to choose between the paper and the electronic form for their certification.

Likewise Ohio State of Education every state has its own format of giving away the certificates, students should look for their corresponding state of education and proceed accordingly.

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