How to Authenticate an Electronic Transcript
The electronic version of the official transcript of the University of Chicago contains a digital signature that can be instantly validated. The document will display a blue ribbon symbol as assurance that the digital signature is valid, authentic, and the contents of the document have not been altered.
When the document is viewed through Adobe Reader versions 6.0 or higher, or through Adobe Acrobat versions 6.04 or higher, it will reveal that a digital signature has been applied to the document. A pop-up screen will indicate whether the document is valid or invalid, or whether the signer of the document is unknown and other measures must be taken to authenticate it. In addition, the pop-up screen allows for further examination of the digital signature and authentication of the origin of the document.
Attention Mac users: You must use Adobe Reader or Acrobat to open the secure electronic transcript. Using the default Mac PDF viewer will cause the document to open incorrectly.
For More Information
If you have additional questions about the digital signature, the authenticity of the document, and means by which it was received, please contact the Office of the University Registrar at 773.702.7891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Official Key to Transcripts of Academic Records click here.