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How can I get my GED transcripts?

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GED transcripts provide a substantial verification of your academic history on anything from college applications to job training or even work promotions. Career counselors and future employers often require such information to move forward in an application or interview process, so it is in your best interest to keep educational records on hand.

GED transcripts: official or not?

There are two kinds of transcripts: the online version and the hard-copy official version. Within a few hours of completing your test, most test takers receive initial scores via email. Although these scores are not official transcripts, they do provide confirmation that you have successfully passed the GED. Colleges, trade schools and employment applications may ask for your initial scores upon application, but then require official documents during the interview process.

A few years ago, I worked as an educator in a public school district. During the initial interview, my employers were satisfied with viewing my test scores via PDF. When it came time to be legitimately hired though, I had to provide official transcripts (in the original sealed envelope!) in order to complete the hiring process. If you are planning to pursue secondary education or refer to the GED on a job application, you need to request official transcripts and diplomas in hard-copy printed format. (And possibly keep the envelope sealed.)

Requesting a GED transcript

Each state has its own jurisdiction and verification for ordering transcripts. Most states only send official documents through snail mail, so make sure you allow for time when making your request. Refer to the GED Testing Service to find specific directions for your individual state. Follow the requirements to request a copy of your transcripts or diploma. The official GED certificate is issued through the state in which you took the test; if you test in Michigan but then move to Florida, you have to request transcripts from the Michigan office.

GED transcript cost

Initial scores and official transcripts are free to those who pass the GED test. Repeat requests are sometimes charged a small convenience fee for an official transcript copy, but that varies by state. It is a good idea to order more than one official copy of your transcripts; one for your personal records, and one to send out when a potential employer or college application requests verification.

GED transcript tips

As a GED graduate, you can easily forward an electronic transcript directly to schools or employers at their request. But donโ€™t forget to keep multiple copies of official transcripts on hand for when employers or colleges are ready to accept you!

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About Beth Gonzales

Beth is an educator and freelance creative designer who devises innovative and fun-loving solutions for clients. She works with families, students, teachers and small businesses to create and implement programs, campaigns and experiences that help support and maximize efforts to grow communities who critically think, engage and continue to learn.


14 Responses to “How can I get my GED transcripts?”

  1. Aletha Randle says:

    I just need the conformation that I passed it to start college and get my financial aid, is there anyway I can get dates

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      You will want to contact the administrator of your GED. I recommend you use the link above to look at how to do that for your state. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thomas exe says:

    I took my ged in 1988 and I don’t know if I passed or not how can I find that info

  3. Request a transcript of my GED
    The year of my test was 1974. in Detroit ,
    Michigan.

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      Wow, those are really old results, Anthony. Like Beth said, you’ll want to check with GED Testing Service to see how to get your transcripts. In addition to the link for that provided above by Beth, you may want to actually clal GED customer service to see if there are special requirements in Michigan for older score reports. Their customer service number is 877-392-6433.

  4. Salar Malik says:

    I have just requested for my official transcript via mail. I was wondering if it will come in a sealed envelope or will I be able to open it.

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      Congratulations on getting your GED, Salar! ๐Ÿ™‚ So can you open the envelope? That depends entirely on the requirements of the school or organization that you[re sending our GED too. Check with schools or jobs you’re applying to, and ask them of they need your GED transcripts to be sealed. In the mean time, I recommend keeping the transcripts sealed in the envelope just in case. If you unseal the envelope you can’t re-seal it, so better safe than sorry.

  5. Jessie Angel Borrego says:

    i took my g.e.d. test in november of 2011 and im trying to get verification on it i need help on getting it

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Jessie!

      It looks like you can request a transcript of your GED on the official website:

      GED Testing Service – Request a Transcript

      Just go to the section where it says “If you earned your GEDยฎ credential before 2014, enter your location in the drop-down to request your transcript.” and fill out the relevant information. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps!

  6. JUan Rey says:

    How can i get my GED transcript if i got it at prison

  7. Erik Castro says:

    Need to find out if I passed my GED back 2014

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