A GED, which stands for General Educational Development, is an alternative to graduating from high school and participating in a graduation ceremony. With a GED credential, you can go to college and apply for jobs that require a high school education. If you've passed the GED exam, it's fairly simple to request and receive a copy of your GED transcript.

Contact the department of education for the state in which you live. Ask for the website address you need to visit to order a copy of your GED credential. Alternatively, visit the GED website, gedtestingservice.com, and click on the state where you took the GED test, which will link you to the online site where you can order a copy of your credential.

Sign up for an online account, which is required because it helps authenticate your identity and allows you to order a digital copy straight from the website.

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Fill out the necessary information after you've set up an online account. You'll provide information such as your name, address and Social Security number.

Pay any fees associated with ordering a copy of your GED credential. These fees vary from state to state.

Watch your email box for receipt of a digital copy of your credential. If you ordered a hard copy, watch your mailbox for receipt of your duplicate copy.


  • As of Jan. 1, 2014, many state education departments transitioned to digital records, which means many don't send a hard copy of GED credentials anymore. Instead, you'll likely get a copy via email and digital file, which you'll be able to print out on your own. Some states, such as Ohio and New York, still provide hard copies, but you'll have to pay for these, as well.
  • If you need a copy of your GED transcript to apply to college or to prove education for a job, you'll need to order your own copy. Most state departments of education only provide copies to individuals and not to schools or employers.
  • Many state offices allow individuals to view their GED score results for free.
  • It usually takes two to four weeks to receive a copy of your credentials.

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