Transcript Authenticity

Paper Transcripts

All official transcripts are watermarked with the school seal and the signature of the Registrar, certifying their authenticity. The Colorado School of Mines officially sealed and signed transcript is printed on blue security paper with security toner, with the name of the university printed in large white type across the face of the document. The Colorado School of Mines logo is displayed in the center of the document. A raised seal is not required. When photocopied, the word COPY should appear. A BLACK AND WHITE OR COLOR COPY SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED. The back of every page includes a Key, and statements of authenticity. When our paper is touched by fresh liquid bleach, the document will stain brown.

Electronic PDF Transcripts

We apply a digital signature to the PDF transcript that is automatically validated. We implement Certified Document Services from Verisign to mark the document as authentic, proving that it was created and published by the Colorado School of Mines. Furthermore, the digital signature provides a tamper-evident wrapper on the document. The blue ribbon seal must be present to both authenticate and demonstrate the integrity of the document. This is automatically verified when the recipient views the authentic document using the free Adobe Reader.

If you do not see a certified blue ribbon in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader bearing the words, “This document was certified by Colorado School of Mines with a valid certificate issued by GeoTrust CA for Adobe”, this PDF SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Electronic Certified PDF Transcripts print with a watermark letting you know it is a print of the original, the original being the PDF itself and not its printed copy.