Certificate of registration

A Certificate of Registration is used to prove registration at LSE for current students.  Please note that new students can not obtain a Certificate of Registration until after they have registered on their designated Registration date. 

The certificate contains the following information:

  • Full name
  • Student number
  • Date of birth 
  • Term time and permanent addresses 
  • The title and subject of your programme
  • The start and end dates of your programme
  • Registration status  
  • Mode of attendance

How do I obtain a Certificate of Registration?

If you're in London, undergraduate and Taught Masters students can request a Certificate of Registration in-person at the Student Services Centre. You will need to bring your LSE student ID card with you. PhD and MPhil students will need to visit the PhD academy

Certificates of Registration are free of charge and can be printed on demand. 

If necessary, you can request a alternative version of the certificate. These are bespoke letters and cannot be printed on demand, so you must order these online. They usually take around 5 working days to be produced, however it can take longer at busy times of year, or if you require it posted to you.

You will be unable to obtain a copy of your Certificate of Registration if you have outstanding fees (please email fees@lse.ac.uk for clarification), if you have not registered properly, or if you have completed your degree (email registry@lse.ac.uk for assistance).

Is it the correct document?

When requesting your Certificate of Registration, please be aware of the following:

  • Bank accounts: Most banks will require the document to be addressed to their bank in particular. You are strongly recommended to review Bank Accounts to confirm the types of documents local bank branches have required in the past.

  • Visa applications: Most embassies will not accept a generic Certificate of Registration and will require that it is addressed directly to the embassy. Always confirm what you will need on the embassy's website as early as possible to avoid disappointment. You are responsible for ensuring that the version produced upon request at the Student Services Centre meets the requirements of your visa application.  Staff at the SSC counter are unable to customise the letter for you, and so if you would like to request that additional information is added to the letter (or if you can not come to the Student Services Centre to request the letter), you will need to arrange for the Registry to produce a bespoke letter for you.  See How can I request a different version of the Certificate of Registration for further instructions.  International students applying for the Schengen visa should also see What to do if you need to travel overseas.

  • Council tax exemption:  Councils will typically accept a Certificate of Registration produced by the Student Services Centre.  See Council Tax and students for further advice. 

How can I request a different version of the Certificate of Registration? 

If for any reason you need a certificate with additional information, please email Registry at registry@lse.ac.uk from your LSE email account to make a request.  (PhD/MPhil students should instead email phdacademy@lse.ac.uk.)  

Requests should not come from personal email accounts such as gmail, hotmail, or yahoo. Please state your student ID number in the email and give details as to what you need the document to include.  

LSE  will normally respond to your request within five working days.   Certificates are typically collected from the Student Services Centre, (or the PhD Academy in the case of PhD/MPhil students), unless otherwise requested.

Urgent requests

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible for the Registry to produce a copy of your certificate of registration at a short notice. If your request is urgent, you must bring printed proof that you require it by an upcoming deadline to the Student Services Centre.  Registry can not prioritise your request without proof that you need the document urgently. 

PhD/MPhil students should contact the PhD Academy directly to request urgent documentation.

Proof of past student status

For proof of past student status or degree award, former students must request a transcript. The only exception to this is a certificate that can be provided with specific wording for Greek students for them to give to DOATAP - please email registry@lse.ac.uk to enquire about this.  Please include your student ID number in any correspondence.