How to certify on the accuracy of a translation
Thread poster: Catz1987

Local time: 17:23
Dec 4, 2013

Hello everybody,

Being that I am concluding my first English(target) translation, I am a bit unclear. I usually end my French translations with something the likes of "Je, soussigné, ..., certifie que la traduction est conforme... etc". I do have an authorization. However, I don't know what the practice is for "to English" documents. Could anyone shed some light? Thanks!


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:23
Spanish to English
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Off the top of my head... Dec 4, 2013

I, the undersigned, hereby affirm that the contents of document [DOC ID] are a faithfully translated representation of the original text.

(NB: I 'm not actually "certifying"...)

[Edited at 2013-12-04 20:58 GMT]

PS: I don't have any official authorisation or powers.

[Edited at 2013-12-04 21:02 GMT]


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:23
Member (2000)
Russian to English
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Affidavit Dec 4, 2013

I find that in the UK what is required is usually an affidavit sworn to and signed in the presence of a solicitor or notary public, e.g.:

I, JACK DOUGHTY of 9 Cawkell Close, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8JF, SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY DECLARE as follows:-

1. I am a Member of the Institute of Translations and Interpreting and of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and I hold a Civil Service Interpreter Certificate for Russian.

2. I attach a copy of the [original document], together with my translation from Russian to English (marked “JD1”) carried out on __/__/____, and of the original Russian document (marked “JD2”).

3. I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge and ability the attached text is a true, complete and accurate translation of the original document from Russian into English.

AND I MAKE THIS SOLEMN DECLARATION conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835

SWORN at [location]
this XXth day )
of XXXXX 20__ )

Before me, [solicitor’s name]
A Solicitor/Commissioner for Oaths.

[my signature]
[solicitor’s signature]


United States
Member (2009)
German to English
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Jack Dec 5, 2013

You're mixing up sworn and certified. Certification uses a wording along the lines of Neilmac's suggestion.


Local time: 17:23
I see Dec 5, 2013

Thanks to all of you.

neilmac, I just didn't know whether it was customary to have this text on the English translations at all. Lack of experience, I guess.

Jack, thank you very much. This information seems very useful to me. Who knows when it might come in handy.


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