Get a document signed by your GP

You can ask your GP to sign a document for you. This will prove that they are true and accurate.

This includes:

  • private sick notes
  • insurance certificates
  • reports proving you are fit to exercise
  • fitness for travel certificates
  • benefit claims
  • reports for adoption and fostering

By email

You can send us a digital copy of the document by email.

When you email us, please include:

  • the forms or documents you need completing
  • why you need them
  • who they should be addressed to

We will respond within 5 working days.

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In person

If you do not have a digital copy or a good quality photograph of the document, you can bring a physical copy in to the surgery.

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By post

You can send us a copy of the document by post.

When you post the documents, please include:

  • the forms or documents you need completing
  • why you need them
  • who they should be addressed to
  • your contact details

We will contact you when the documents are ready or if we need more information. In some cases, we may ask you to book an appointment.

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Fees

You may have to pay for some types of documents to be signed by a GP, as not all of them are covered by the NHS.

We will let you know if you need to pay in advance.

It’s up to each GP to decide how much they charge. Most GPs use the British Medical Association’s suggested fees.

How long it takes

It can sometimes take a few weeks to have a GP sign a document for you.

Not all documents need a signature by a GP, for example passport applications. You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign some documents free of charge.

To check if someone else can sign for you, read government advice on certifying document.