How To Get Back/Retrieve Lost WAEC Certificate

If you lost, burnt or misplaced your WAEC certificate, and you have been searching for how to get back/retrieve your lost WAEC certificate, then you are in the right place. Today, i will show you the steps to get back your lost WAEC certificate from any WAEC office.

get back/retrieve lost WAEC certificate

WAEC certificate is a very crucial certificate every student should not joke with. This is because, after losing a WAEC certificate, you cannot get it back from WAEC again. It has been officially stated by the examination body itself, that once a candidate misplaces his/her certificate, it cannot be gotten back.

Meanwhile, you may be asking “why then did i make this tutorial on how to get back lost or stolen WAEC certificate?”. I made this tutorial because there is another certificate that is officially given to people who lost their original WAEC certificate. It is the “Attestation of result”. WAEC attestation of result is often given by WAEC to candidates who misplaced, burnt or lost their WAEC certificate. Yes! That is what i will teach you today.

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How to prepare for WAEC examination and pass with good grades.

How much does it cost to get back lost WAEC certificate?

It usually cost N20,000 (Twenty thousand naira) to retrieve a lost WAEC certificate. In dollar, the cost is 55.02USD. This money should only be paid to the right official in WAEC office. Though the price above was not given directly by WAEC itself, it is what many people said they paid to get back their lost WAEC certificate, which is their attestation of result.


To retrieve your lost WAEC certificate or result, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the WAEC office nearest to the place where you took your WAEC examination.
  • Tell any WAEC official in the office that you want to get back your lost WAEC result.
  • Provide the required information for the process (Eg. Your birth certificate, Name, state of origin, examination number, centre name, seat number, affidavit, photocopy of original WAEC result).
  • Pay your money to the WAEC official (N20,000).
  • After paying your money, you will be told a particular date to come back and get your new WAEC result (That is your “Attestation of result”). Note that this may take up to a month or more.
  • Come back on the requested date and get back your certificate.

Recommendation: Getting back a new and original WAEC certificate is almost impossible today. If you lost your WAEC certificate, i enjoin you to use the steps above to get your “Attestation of result” from WAEC. It is better and faster that way. Here are some things you need to know about WAEC “Attestation of Result“.

Does WAEC attestation of result look like the original certificate?

Yes! WAEC Attestation of result looks exactly like the original WAEC certificate. The only distinction between the two is their title. The original is titled “WAEC certificate” while the other is titled “Attestation of result”. Below is a screenshot of an Attestation of Result from WAEC:

get back/retrieve lost WAEC certificate

Can WAEC attestation of result be used outside Nigeria?

Yes! WAEC attestation of result can be used outside Nigeria. In fact, it can be used for everything the original WAEC result can be used for. Both international schools and organisations allow the use of WAEC attestation of result.

How long does it take for WAEC to issue Attestation of result?

It takes up to 1month from the day you apply, for WAEC to issue an attestation of result. It may take longer time if you do not provide all the necessary information you are supposed to provide. For example, your examination number or seat number.

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That is all for now on how to get back/retrieve lost WAEC certificate or result. Trust me, this is the only option left for any person who misplaced his/her WAEC certificate. Meanwhile, if you still have any question concerning how to get back/retrieve lost WAEC certificate, ask me using the comment section below. Thank you.

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Samuel Edeh is a professional and ardent blogger. He is a law student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Samuel is sole bent on disseminating authentic education news to every part of the world.

3 thoughts on “How To Get Back/Retrieve Lost WAEC Certificate

  • February 11, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Hi… Please what if there is no photocopy, will it prevent the issuing of attestation?
    Statement of photocopy and print out is available too

  • February 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Hello Shafira,
    If you don’t have the photocopy, you can still get an attestation of result from WAEC.
    Hope you have other requirements?

  • February 11, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Just go to WAEC office with all the documents that will confirm you actually took WAEC examination.


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