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Academic Verification Services

Official academic verifications are produced on special security paper containing the Penn State federal school code, Penn State seal and the University Registrar's signature. All official verifications are delivered via U.S. mail or Federal Express if special mailing services are requested. Academic verifications cannot be distributed by fax or e-mail.

The Office of the University Registrar will not complete agency supplied verification forms. Rather the official University academic verification statement will be attached to the original agency supplied form.

Current students, former students, and parents of current students may use one of the following Penn State academic verification services.

Currently Enrolled Students

You may request your verification using one of three methods:

  1. Online using eLion. Select "Personal Profile" then "Academic Verification" where you may:

    a.) Request an official copy of your verification to be mailed.
    • Produces an official verification to be mailed the following business day by U.S. first-class mail (International addresses via air mail).
    b.) View and print an unofficial copy of your verification.
    • If you are supplying the verification in response to a request from a third party, you should first ensure that an unofficial copy is acceptable to the requestor. Otherwise, request an official copy to be mailed directly to the requestor or direct the requestor to the National Student Clearinghouse, Penn State's authorized provider of verifications to third parties.

    c.) Review previous requests for official verifications.

  2. By fax or mail
  3. In person at the Registrar's Office in 112 Shields Building, University Park campus.

Parents of Currently Enrolled Students

You may request a verification of your student's enrollment using one of three methods:

  1. Online using eLion. However, you must first be granted access by your student as follows:

    a.) Parent must have an active Penn State User ID. The parent may obtain a Penn State User ID through a "Friends of Penn State" account. Go to eLion and select "Parent/Other." Select "Create an Account" and follow the instructions to obtain your "Friends of Penn State" User ID.

    b.) Parent provides their student with their Penn State User ID.

    c.) The student grants their parent access in eLion, select "Personal Profile" then "Parent/Other Access" on the left-hand menu, select "Continue," and follow the directions to grant access to the Academic Verification.

    Once the access has been granted by the student, you may log into eLion as Parent/Other, and select "Academic Verification" where you may:

    a.) Request an official copy of your student's verification to be mailed.
    • Produces an official verification to be mailed the following business day by U.S. first-class mail (International addresses via air mail).

    b.) View and print an unofficial copy of your student's verification.
    • If you are supplying the verification in response to a request from a third party, you  first ensure that an unofficial copy is acceptable to the requestor. Otherwise, request an official copy to be mailed directly to the requestor or direct the requestor to the National Student Clearinghouse, Penn State's authorized provider of verifications to third parties.

    c.) Review previous requests for official verifications.
  1. By fax or mail
  2. In person at the Registrar's Office in 112 Shields Building, University Park campus.

Former Students

You may request a verification using one of three methods:

  1. Online using eLion. Select "Academic Verification" where you may:

    a.) Request an official copy of your verification to be mailed.
    • Produces an official verification to be mailed the following business day by U.S. first-class mail (International addresses via air mail).

    b.) View and print an unofficial copy of your verification.
    • If you are supplying the verification in response to a request from a third party, you should first ensure that an unofficial copy is acceptable to the requestor. Otherwise, request an official copy to be mailed directly to the requestor or direct the requestor to the National Student Clearinghouse, Penn State's authorized provider of verifications to third parties.

c.) Review previous requests for official verifications.

Important: If your record is not available within our automated student record system, you will be unable to login to eLion. You must submit your request by fax or mail, or in person at the Registrar's Office, 112 Shields Building, University Park campus.

  1. By fax or mail
  2. In person at the Registrar's Office in 112 Shields Building, University Park campus.

By Fax or Mail

  1. Complete the Academic Verification Form or send a letter.
Mail to:
Office of the University Registrar
Transcript/Verification Department
112 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802-1271
Fax to:
814-863-1929
  • Maximum three business day response from receipt of request to mailing by U.S. first-class mail (International address via air mail).
  • Requestor will not be notified of either receipt or completion of their request.
  • Special mailing services available for a fee.

Special Mailing Services

Special mailing services are only available for requests submitted by fax or mail.

If you select this method of delivery, it is your responsibility to be aware of, and adhere to the delivery guidelines established by Federal Express. We are not responsible for the package after it has been picked up by FedEx.

Federal Express Delivery:

  • Fee of $30.00
  • Requests received by noon (eastern time) will be processed and mailed FedEx for next business day (Monday - Friday) delivery.
  • FedEx requires a signature upon delivery.
  • FedEx will not deliver to a P.O. Box or to an A.P.O. (military post office) box.
  • If the address provided does not meet FedEx address regulations, the request will be mailed using U.S. Express Mail.

Note: If a requested verification is not delivered due to our office error, we will gladly provide a replacement document. We cannot accept responsibility for non-delivery if the address provided to us is either incomplete or incorrect, nor can we accept responsibility for timely delivery by the U.S. Post Office, FedEx, or any other mail carrier vendor.