How to Obtain a Copy of Your GED for Free

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Obtaining a copy of your GED can seem like an impossible task, especially if it has been years since you last took it. If you are looking to use the GED to apply for a job or start a new career, finding the institution can be difficult depending on how long ago you received your GED. With a little research beforehand, applying for a duplicate of your certificate should be the easy part.

  • GED request application
  • Mailing envelopes

1 Find the mailing address for the institution

Find the mailing address for the institution where you obtained your GED. Duplicate copies of your GED are normally free if you took the test from the school. If your institution has closed or relocated, you can find it on the National Test Center website located in the Resources section of this article.

2 Fill out an application

Fill out an application for a copy of your GED. Information required on your application includes your legal name, home address, phone number, year of testing and a valid form of identification.

3 Send the application

Send the application to the mailing address of the institution. If you are within driving distance, you may go into the records office to drop off your application. Allow time for processing and delivery.

4 Write your home address on another envelope and mail

Write your home address on another envelope and mail it with your application. Depending on the institution, you may need to provide your own return mail envelope for the GED copy.

Paul Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. His knowledge of broad topics along with visual scriptwriting allows him to write articles that brings words to life. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.