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How To Retrieve/Get Back Lost WAEC Certificate

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Are you a victim of a lost, stolen, or burnt WAEC Original Certificate? and do you currently need to get it back for one reason or another?

I have seen many students complain about this same thing over and over again and it has bothered me to write this post to be of help to any student who might have lost or misplaced his/her original WAEC Certificate.


If you lost, misplaced, or burnt your WAEC certificate unintentionally, do not panic at all. In this post, I will elucidate on how to retrieve/get back your lost WAEC certificate easily. All you have to do; is to follow the steps highlighted in this work painstakingly. Trust me; you will eventually get back your WAEC result after this tutorial.

According to the West African Examination Council, the Issuing of the Original Certificate is done Once.

Candidates who lost or Misplaced their Original Certificate are to report to any WAEC Office in the State he or she sat for the examination and apply for “Attestation of Results”.

The Attestation of Result confirms that the individual registered and sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination [WASSCE].

Documents Needed To Collect Attention of Results 

  1. Letter of Application for Attention of Result: To be handwritten or typed by the candidate
  2. A police report on lost or damaged certificate
  3. Photocopy or online result print of the lost, stolen or damaged certificate
  4. Two recent passports of the candidate
  5. Court Affidavit
  6. Administrative Charge of N20,000

How To Retrieve Lost WAEC Certificate

To get back your lost WAEC certificate kindly follow the steps I will show you below:

  • Visit any WAEC head office nearest to the school where you took your WAEC examination.
  • Inform any of the officials on duty that you lost your WAEC certificate and that you want to apply for WAEC Attestation of Result.
  • Give them a police report confirming that you lost your WAEC certificate, your recent passport, and an affidavit for WAEC Attestation of Result.
  • Pay the required amount for the new certificate and provide other information about yourself (E. g your name, address, school where you wrote your examination, etc).
How much to retrieve lost WAEC certificate?

Well, there is no definite answer to this question. While some people say it is Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000), some say it is about fifteen thousand Naira (15,000). Nevertheless, there is no particular amount for retrieving WAEC certificate. In my opinion, if you want to follow the steps above just have about N15,000 – N25,000 with you.

How long will it take for lost WAEC certificate to be given?

Most time, it takes up to 30 months for persons who lost their WAEC results to receive it. Nevertheless, there is no particular time for that. Whenever you apply for a new WAEC certificate, they will tell you when to come and collect your WAEC certificate.

Can I collect my WAEC Certificate or Attestation of Results online Instead?

The answer is YES. WAEC has disclosed that “Candidates are to note that, with effect from WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2019, request for the printing of certificates will be done electronically via

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