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Grant of probate certificate changes

1 March 2019

HMCTS will begin issuing a new style of grant of probate certificates on Monday 4 March.

The old-style grant certificates will still be valid. However, it is expected that there will be fewer of them.

Additional counter-fraud measures have been added to the new grant, including:

  • a hologram
  • digital seal instead of an embossed seal
  • digital signature instead of a 'wet' signature, and
  • a validation telephone number for people processing the document to call.

Grants for probate applications made online will be printed in a central location, while probate registries will continue to print applications made by paper.

Find out the differences between the old and new grants (PDF 922kb)


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