Official Transcripts(what is an official transcript?)
Before you request an official transcript
Clear any financial holds from your record According to University policy, official transcripts will not be issued for you if you have certain types of holds on your record. You can review your holds online.
Be sure that grades and degrees have posted
If you need recently-awarded grades or degrees to appear on your record, check your unofficial transcript to be sure that everything has posted. Official transcript requests will not be held for grades or degrees. Most grades post to student records approximately one week after the last day of final examinations. Degrees post within 30 days after the end of the term.
The online request is the most convenient way to order an official transcript. Transcripts requested online are available in either printed or electronic (a secure, certified PDF) format. Payment for fees must be paid with a credit or debit card.
Do you have an active Internet ID (x.500)?
NOTE: Recently-awarded grades or degrees may not yet be on your transcript. Check your unofficial transcript to be sure that everything has posted before starting the order process. If you attended any time since Fall 1992 and need to have your U of M Internet ID and password reactivated, please call 1-800-232-1339.
If you do not have or do not know your Internet ID and password, you can still order an official transcript online. You will need a valid email account (from any provider) to complete your request.
Please note: While electronic transcripts are widely accepted, confirm with your recipients that it is an accepted format before ordering.
Orders for electronic transcripts placed during regular system maintenance (Sundays, 6 a.m.-noon) will be accepted, but not processed until the next business day.
Call 218-726-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official transcripts are certified and signed by the University registrar. They can be sent directly to you or another recipient at your request.
A paper transcript is "official" only as long as it remains in its sealed white envelope. Do not open the sealed envelope if you are forwarding your transcript to another party (an institution, employer, or other person). Open the envelope only if you have ordered the transcript for personal use. Multiple paper transcripts (each in its own sealed white envelope) sent to a single address will be enclosed in a manila envelope that can be opened.
An electronic (secure, certified PDF) transcript is “official” in its electronic form as long as it is not altered. Each time the file is opened, it will be certified electronically to ensure it has not been altered. A printed copy of a PDF transcript is not official.