Understanding Paper Choices for Diploma, Certificate & Transcript Prints

At Diploma Company, we use a wide variety of paper types when fulfilling diploma, transcript, and certificate requests. Our selection includes various colors, shades, and weights, ensuring we can create recreated documents that capture the original's authenticity. We also stock security paper for transcripts and decorative border paper for unique certificates.
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Diploma Sizes


Diploma sizes can vary widely. In the U.S., common sizes include 8" x 6", 8.5" x 11", 11" x 14", and 12" x 15". Ivy League schools often use larger sizes, while international diplomas can differ even more. We research and match the appropriate size for each order to ensure authenticity.

Diploma Thickness


Diplomas are printed on thicker, acid-free parchment paper. We use heavy-duty paper ranging from 28 to 92 pounds, depending on the type of document. For example, most certificates are printed on 24-pound paper.

Diploma Papercolor


Diplomas and certificates are typically printed on off-white or new-white paper. At times you may also spot pewter, aged, or natural shades. We select the appropriate color based on the specific requirements of each document.

Security Paper for Transcripts


Transcripts are printed on special security paper with features like:

  • "VOID" or "COPY" Warnings
  • Embedded Security Bibers
  • Glowing Fibers Under Certain Lighting

We use #60 weight security paper, slightly lighter than diploma paper but still very durable. This ensures our transcripts look authentic and secure.

Final Thoughts


We focus on the quality of paper used for diplomas, transcripts, and certificates. Our wide range of paper options is selected based on experience and customer input. We offer a risk-free guarantee and are committed to customer satisfaction. For any questions or to verify our paper types before ordering, our staff is available Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm CST via live chat or phone at 866-687-5403.