Grant of probate certificate changes
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)