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Electronic (PDF) Transcript Information

Information for Students and Alumni

Electronic (PDF) Transcripts are FREE. Delivery is within minutes of the request being processed.

Current students and many former students with a uniqname and UMICH Kerberos password may order an official electronic (PDF) transcript online through Wolverine Access. From the Student Business page, choose Order Transcript. For those individuals unable to log into Wolverine Access, orders may also be placed by fax, mail, or in-person. A printable Transcript Order Form is available. PDF transcripts are not available for students or alumni who:

Requestors will receive an email confirmation when the transcript is available for the recipient to download and another email when the transcript has been downloaded by the recipient.

PDF document delivery is becoming increasingly common across institutions, organizations, and agencies. However, before requesting PDF transcript delivery, please verify that the recipient will accept an electronic transcript. Additionally, it is important that you verify the correct email address for transmission of the transcript.

PDF delivered transcripts are secured by a digital certificate. This certificate insures the recipient of two important details:

Information for Third Party Recipients

The University of Michigan is now sending official transcripts in an electronic pdf format. These transcripts are considered official documents and can be validated because they have been digitally signed and certified by the University of Michigan.

The first step when receiving a secure document from the University of Michigan is to open the original email and click on the link. This will open up a wizard in your browser which will enable you to send yourself a pass code in a separate email. Once you receive the pass code in a separate email, enter the pass code into the pass code box, and then you may download the digitally signed electronic pdf transcripts. Transcripts must be downloaded within 90 days of receipt.

Document Validity

All official electronic transcripts from the University of Michigan have been digitally signed and therefore contain special characteristics. When the document is viewed through Adobe Reader using Adobe® Acrobat version 6.0 or greater, or Adobe® Reader version 6.04 or greater, it will reveal a digital certificate that has been applied to the transcript. This digital certificate will appear in a pop-up screen or status bar on the document, display a blue ribbon, and declare that the document was certified by the University of Michigan with a valid certificate issued by GeoTrust CA for Adobe®. This document certification can be validated by clicking on the Signature Properties of the document.

The blue ribbon symbol is assurance that the digital certificate is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the transcript have not been altered.

If the transcript does not display a valid certification and signature message, reject the transcript immediately. An invalid digital certificate display means either the digital signature is not authentic, or the document has been altered. The digital signature can also be revoked by the transcript office if there is cause, and digital signatures can expire. A document with an invalid digital signature display should be rejected.

Lastly, one other possible message, Author Unknown, can have two possible meanings: The certificate is a self-signed certificate or has been issued by an unknown or untrusted certificate authority and therefore has not been trusted, or the revocation check could not complete. If this message is received make sure there is a proper connection to the internet. If there is a connection and the digital signature cannot be validated, reject the document.

The current version of Adobe® Reader is free of charge, and available for immediate download at http://www.adobe.com.

If you require further information regarding the authenticity of this transcript, you may email or call the Transcripts, Certification and Diploma Department at ro.transcript.orders@umich.edu or 734.763.9066.

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