How to Replace a Lost High School Diploma

Not having a physical copy of your high school diploma won't keep you from getting a job or from getting accepted to another school. A diploma isn't considered an official document. A certified high school transcript is widely considered to be the standard for proof of graduation. Still, high school diplomas have strong sentimental value for many people, and it's usually possible to replace one that's been lost.

How to Replace a Lost High School Diploma
How to Replace a Lost High School Diploma (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
Step 1:

Call the inactive records or alumni services department of the school district where you attended high school. Have your dates of attendance and graduation name ready.

Call the inactive records or alumni services department.
Call the inactive records or alumni services department. (Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
Step 2:

Request a copy of your certified high school transcript if the department says you need one as proof of graduation; many schools and departments will require this documentation. Usually, the district office can help you with this. However, if it's only been a short time since your graduation, you may need to contact your school directly.

Request a copy of your certified high school transcript if the department says you need one as proof of graduation.
Request a copy of your certified high school transcript if the department says you need one as proof of graduation. (David Schrader/iStock/Getty Images)
Step 3:

Download or access the written form used to request a diploma. Because of education privacy laws, you must submit a written request to get any information about your educational background, including your diploma. You may need to fax over a copy of your driver's license, transcript or other identifying information as well.

Download or access the written form used to request a diploma.
Download or access the written form used to request a diploma. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
Step 4:

Pay the fee. Fees for a diploma replacement vary from school to school, but expect to be charged something for your replacement diploma. Expect to wait 6 to 8 weeks for your replacement diploma to arrive.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If your former high school is no longer open, call the district office to find out how you can get access to its records.
  • In some cases, you may not be able to get an exact copy of your high school diploma. Not every school keeps copies of every diploma issued. Schools that don't will simply issue you a new diploma with the signatures of the current principal and superintendent instead of reproducing your original document.

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