Transcript Validity

All official electronic transcripts from BYU-Idaho have been digitally signed and therefore contain special characteristics. When the document is viewed using Adobe®Acrobat version 6.0 or greater, or Adobe    Reader version 6.04 or greater, it will reveal a digital certificate that has been applied to the transcript. This digital certificate will appear in a pop-up screen or status bar on the document, display a blue ribbon, and declare that the document was certified by Brigham Young University Idaho with a valid certificate issued by GeoTrust CA for Adobe®. This document certification can be validated by clicking on the Signature Properties of the document.

The blue ribbon is your assurance that the digital certificate is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the transcript have not been altered.

If the transcript does not display a valid certification and signature message, reject this transcript immediately. An invalid digital certificate display means either the digital signature is not authentic, or the document has been altered. The digital signature can also be revoked by the transcript office if there is cause, and digital signatures can expire. A document with an invalid digital signature display should be rejected.

Lastly, one other possible message, Author Unknown, can have two possible meanings: The certificate is a self-signed certificate or has been issued by an unknown or untrusted certificate authority and therefore has not been trusted, or the revocation check could not complete. If    you receive this message make sure you are properly connected to the internet. If you have a connection and you still cannot validate the digital certificate on-line, reject this document.

The current version of Adobe Reader® is free of charge, and available for immediate download at

If you need further information regarding the authenticity of the secure PDF transcripts, you may contact the BYU-Idaho Student Records and Registration Office at or 208-496-1024.