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Bonafide Certificate: Meaning, Application, Uses And Format

Deepika Sodhi
Jan 4, 2023
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A bonafide certificate describes a document issued by an educational institute that certifies the fact that the person being alluded to is its genuine student pursuing a certain course. These certificates are admissible as supporting documents when applying for scholarships, visas and so on.

You could in a sense look at it as a document verifying and validating the identity of a student and thereby making him or her eligible to qualify and apply for certain benefits. A bonafide certificate issued by an educational institute for a student is, therefore, an empowering document as it opens doors for them.

What is a Bonafide Certificate?

The term bonafide means good faith in Latin and is an apt description of the intent of a bonafide certificate. As stated in the beginning a bonafide certificate is a document issued by an organization like a school that a certain individual is its genuine student. It could also be a similar certificate issued by an employer to an employee validating the fact that the latter works for the former.

A student could use a bonafide certificate to get admission to another school, college or university, while an employee may use it at the time of taking up employment with some other company.

What is a Bonafide Certificate Needed For?

A bonafide certificate is used by students and employees in myriad situations, some of which are described below:


1. Obtaining admission to a new school, university and college.

2. Obtaining travel concession in the case of using public transport, as entitled to students.

3. Applying for an education loan.

4. Enabling them to participate in workshops as well as conferences in other educational institutes.


1. Applying for a loan.

2. Opening a bank account.

3. Seeking employment elsewhere.

Different Types of Bonafide Certificates

There are two types of bonafide certificates put to a variety of uses. These are-

1. The ones issued to students.

2. The ones issued to employees.

Sample Formats for Bonafide Application

For Students

 For Employees

Bonafide Application Format

In order for someone to obtain a bonafide certificate one needs a bonafide application format. Here is an example-

The Principal

School name.



Subject: Request for issuing of a bonafide certificate.

Dear Sir/Mam,

I, —-----, students of class—----- require a bonafide certificate for (reason—--). I would be very grateful if this could be issued to me at the earliest convenience.

Thanking you

Your sincerely,



Roll No


Required Documents for Application

The documents that need to accompany an application for the issuance of a bonafide certificate:

For Students

● A photocopy of the school ID card,

● Application form,

● Fee receipt,

● Passport size photo,

● Admission receipt,

● Marksheet.

For Employees

● Employees identity card,

● Pay slip,

● Pan card.

Why Bonafide Certificate is Important?

A bonafide certificate is a very important document in a student’s life. This is as true of the best school in Ahmedabad, as it is of any school anywhere in the country. A student studying in a CBSE school in Ahmedabad or a state board school anywhere would need a bonafide certificate sometime. 

A bonafide certificate may also be required by employees at any stage of their career. A bonafide certificate is a very handy document and quite easy to procure when compared to other documents of identification. Most schools and colleges will be able to issue it in about 10 to 15 days. The benefits that accrue from a bonafide certificate are many, as described above.

Use of Bonafide Certificate

The bonafide certificate sees extensive use in the carrying out of administrative functions, especially when it comes to matters like obtaining admission to an educational institution, changing school, changing jobs, applying for a loan, applying for travel documents like passport and visa and so on.

A bonafide student doesn't necessarily have to be a regular student of a school or college, but can also be an off-campus college student enrolled in a work-study course. They could also be participating in an academic program in a proprietary institution of higher education as described under section 102(b) of the Higher Education Act, 1965, as has been amended. They could also be a part-time student who is concurrently working as well.

We live in a world full of opportunity, especially for the young and the ambitious. That is where a bonafide certificate is worth so much in that it enables one to pursue one’s dreams and ambitions.

The authority vested in educational institutions and employers to issue bonafide certificates is a very powerful one and needs to be exercised with great care and caution, considering the times we live in. That being stated, it is also something that works for the betterment of a whole lot of people by providing them with the wherewithal to get ahead in life.


A bonafide certificate may be a simple piece of paper but is worth a great deal in terms of what it signifies. It opens doors and allows students and employees to further their prospects in life.

It makes life easier for millions of people by enabling them and empowering them to go for higher education and better jobs or apply for a loan, passport or visa. In that sense, there is no other document that is so valuable and useful.

Thankfully, obtaining a bonafide certificate is a pretty straightforward and simple procedure that doesn’t require a lot of running around. It is hardly surprising then that a bonafide certificate is so highly prized and valued.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Do I Obtain My Bona Fide Certificate?

By writing to the head of a school or institution and requesting that a bonafide certificate be issued. This has to be accompanied by an identity proof document like a school Id card or a fee receipt.

2. Why Does A Student Need A Bonafide Certificate?

This may be required to apply for admission to other schools, colleges and universities, as well as for availing scholarships.

3. What Can I Use A Bonafide Certificate For?

You can use it to get a passport made, a visa extended, apply for an educational loan and avail of travel discounts.

4. Are A Bonafide Certificate And Study Certificate The Same Thing?

A bonafide certificate proves that you are a student of the school while a study certificate validates the fact that you studied a certain subject or subjects at the school.

5. What Is The Validity Period Of A Bonafide Certificate?

Since the certificate alludes to the period in time that a student is in a particular class in a school, it will be valid till the time the student is in that class.

6. How Long Does It Take To Get A Bonafide Certificate?

It should take no longer than 10 to 15 days after you have applied for it.

7. What Is A Bonafide Certificate For Scholarship?

It is an important document you need to be able to obtain a scholarship. The fact that you can easily get it from your school or college, makes the process of applying for a scholarship that much easier.

Deepika Sodhi

A highly motivated and dedicated educator with nearly 24 years of teaching experience, Ms. Deepika Sodhi is the Academic Supervisor for International Curricula at Global Indian International School (GIIS) SMART Campus, Singapore.

Ms. Sodhi has a rich experience of teaching Physics across curricula such as the IB, Cambridge IGCSE and CBSE. She has served as an Exam Officer for Cambridge Assessment International Education. Currently, she is an IB Assessment Officer, and a member of International Schools Network and International Baccalaureate Educator Network.

In her free time, Ms. Sodhi enjoys writing blogs, creating guiding material for training staff and community service.

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