New Jersey Department of Education

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Diploma Verification Process

The Unit of Adult Education maintains records for only those who earned their state-issued high school diploma by virtue of:

  • successfully passing one of the New Jersey High School Equivalency Assessments (GED, HiSET, TASC).
  • being a State Responsible student.
  • the 30-College Credit pathway.
  • the Operation Recognition Program for qualified military veterans.

The Unit of Adult Education does not have records for and cannot verify the educational status of the following persons:

  • Those who tested in a different state, country, or while in military service.
  • Those who tested at a federal correctional facility.
  • Those who graduated from a local district high school.
  • Those who graduated from an online high school (i.e. Penn Foster, Jefferson, etc.)
  • Those who graduated from a local adult high school. (Some records from the 1970’s and early 1980’s may be available)
  • Those who graduated from an education program in a correctional facility.
  • Those who attended or graduated from a private vocational school.
  • Those who were home-schooled.
  • Those who took a pre-GED test only at an adult education school or a correctional facility.
  • Those who have a high school equivalency certificate that was not achieved by passing the GED, HiSET or TASC in the state of New Jersey.

State Issued High School Access To Official Records and Official Transcript

The New Jersey Department of Education does not mail official transcripts or diploma verification. Test Takers are only issued one original diploma.  The New Jersey Department of Education does not issue duplicate diplomas if the original is damaged, lost or destroyed.  The verification process explained below is how test takers will verify the test was passed.

Please note  that it takes anywhere from 5-7 business days for new tests results to be received by the State from the Test Vendor, and 3-5 business days to process and mail the diploma and transcript.  If you know that you have passed one of the tests and have not received the diploma yet, you must contact the State within 6 months of it being passed that it was not received.  If you do not notify the State that it wasn't received in that time period, another diploma will not be issued as it would be considered a duplicate.

If you took the GED, HiSET or TASC test(s) after January 1, 2014 the access code, verification code and this webpage link appears on the diploma and transcript you were issued.  If you have that info on the diploma or transcript you can enter it into the link below. and print your official transcript or just give the codes to any school or employer and they can access it themselves.

Please note  that if you have your test vendor ID number and not your access code, you may still be able to access your official record by clicking the "here" button on the diploma verification link below and entering the test vendor ID number and your last name at time of testing. If you just recently took one of the three tests (GED, HiSET or TASC), please wait at least 10 business days before trying to access your test records using the test vendor ID and last name.

Tests Prior to January 1st 2014

If you took the GED test before January 1st 2014, there is an access code you can obtain from the State by following the process described below.

If you took the GED test in between the time period 4-1-2007 until 12-31-2013 and you have your diploma, the access code is on it, but will not work on www.ged123.org , it will only work on the link below.  If you do not have it you have to follow the steps listed below.

Request for an Access Code

If you do not have your access or transcript verification code and tested at a state-approved test center and are looking to obtain your official transcripts/diploma verification, federal law requires that the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) receives a signed request from the test taker. Please complete and submit the access code request form to the NJDOE.  The access code request form MUST be mailed to the following address:

New Jersey Department of Education
Office of Career Readiness
Adult Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500

In lieu of the form you may also request your High School Equivalency Access Code by writing a signed letter to the address above and include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Name at time of test (if different from above name)
  • Social Security Number, Tax Payer ID or other government issued identification number
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Request High School Equivalency Access Code
  • Written Signature

The access code will then be provided to your email or over the phone, whichever you specified in the signed request. This code can be entered at the links above labelled Access to Official Records. Please note that this is to access only the official transcript and verification of diploma.

School and/or Employers

If you are a school or employer that needs to verify if a perspective student or employee has earned a New Jersey State-Issued High School Diploma  through any of the approved pathways that the State of New Jersey allows, and you have a copy of a diploma or transcript that has the access code/verification code on it, please enter it in the appropriate field after clicking the link below. If the State of New Jersey has a record for this individual, the page will indicate passing or failing status.  A diploma date and overall pass indicate that the diploma was earned and is valid. To ensure authenticity, the webpage should match the document you were provided.

Request Change of Record

The New Jersey Department of Education requires the following information to correct your official test record. Corrections will be made to a mispelled name, date of birth and social security number with appropriate documentation submitted. Name changes will not be made. (Name changes will be made only for victims of domestic abuse, gender change, and Federal witness protection program.) A Request Change of Record Form (see below) must be filled out and include appropriate documentation for the noted corrections to be made.

 

Please contact the New Jersey Department of Education at 609-376-3883 or adulted@doe.nj.gov if further information is required.

The Request Change of Record Form MUST be mailed to the following address:

New Jersey Department of Education
Office of Career Readiness
Adult Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500


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