All About Paper for Fake Diplomas, Certificates & Transcripts

The Key to a Perfect Print is Starting with the Perfect Paper.

Our stockroom is filled with an impressive array of professional paper for custom diplomas, transcripts, and certificates. We have a variety of colors, shades, and weights to carefully match the best paper for each request. Our shelves also include security paper specifically designed for transcripts, as well as decorative border paper for unique certificates.

As a custom document print shop, we understand the importance of having the right resources and knowledge readily available to achieve the highest-quality work. We go the extra mile and leave no stone unturned, setting Diploma Company apart from the rest!

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What is the Standard Size of a Diploma?

You may have seen one diploma and remembered how big it was, and assumed that all diplomas are of the same size. However, that's not the case at all.

In the United States, there's no standard size for diplomas. You might come across diplomas that are 8" x 6" (20.32x15.24 cm), 8.5" x 11" (21.59x27.94 cm), 11" x 14" (27.94x35.56 cm), or 12" x 15". But different schools may use bigger or smaller sizes. For example, Harvard has 9" x 12" diplomas, while Stanford has 10.5" x 13.5" diplomas. Ivy League schools generally have larger diplomas compared to other universities.

Furthermore, when it comes to schools outside of the United States, the sizes can vary even more. But don't worry, we take note of what size is best for each diploma. Our designer conducts research, matches the details to your order, and ensures the best print possible.

What Weight is Diploma Paper?

If you're someone who prints out stuff like contracts or resumes, you'll probably notice that the paper is usually pretty thin. But when it comes to diplomas, they're printed on thicker paper called parchment. At Diploma Company, we use heavy-duty paper like this for all our diploma and certificate requests. This kind of paper is acid-free and usually has a weight ranging from 28 (12.071 kg) to 92 pounds (41.73 kg), according to industry standards. We know which weight is best for each type of diploma, and we use this info during the printing process. For example, most certificates (but not all) are printed on 24-pound (10.886 kg) paper.

What color is diploma paper?

Diplomas and certificates are often printed on off-white or new-white paper. Other documents can often be pewter, aged, or natural. We keep detailed notes on what paper color is best for what diploma. This ensures the proper paper color is accessed before the final printing and any orders quickly ship out from our print shop.

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Security Paper for Transcripts

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Most transcripts or academic records are printed on special security paper, which is designed to have multiple security features. These features include:

  1. Words such as "VOID" or "COPY" that appear when the document is copied or scanned, serving as a protective measure against unauthorized duplication.
  2. Delicate security fibers embedded in the paper, adding an extra layer of protection against tampering or forgery.
  3. Offering #60 weight, slightly less weight than diploma paper, but still very durable.
  4. Glowing fibers that can be detected under certain lighting conditions, serving as a visual authentication feature.

This is the type of paper that a school's registrar's office typically uses to print official records, and we stock this paper in our warehouse. It's available in various colors and formats to suit different needs.

The use of security paper is one of the advantages we have in creating high-quality novelties. Our goal is to craft fake transcripts from high schools and colleges that will surprise and impress people. However, achieving this level of quality is not possible without using the best paper. When you request a transcript on our site, our staff checks our records, selects the best security paper option, and gets to work, ensuring that every detail is taken into account to create an authentic-looking document.

Final Thoughts

In short, we understand that the paper used to print diplomas, transcripts, and certificates is crucial to achieving top-notch quality. With a wide range of paper styles available, we carefully select the best paper based on our expertise and experience. However, we also value your input as a customer. If you have a preference for a different type of paper, we are happy to work with you and provide samples for you to review. While our designers may provide recommendations, the final decision on paper choice is ultimately yours.

Furthermore, we stand by the quality of our work and offer a risk-free guarantee. If any issues arise, we are committed to addressing them promptly and ensuring your satisfaction. We understand that our customers purchase replica diplomas or transcripts for various reasons, such as replacing lost or damaged documents, pranking a friend, or boosting confidence. We strive to stock only the best paper choices, including parchment and security papers, in the proper sizes, weights, and color shades to meet the demands of our clients.

Currently, our inventory includes over 20 shades of certificate papers and around 10 to 12 academic transcript papers, with additional options available for special orders. If you have any questions about our paper options or would like to verify the types of paper we have in stock, our knowledgeable staff is available M-F 10 am to 5 pm CST via live chat or phone at 866-687-5403. We look forward to assisting you and providing you with high-quality prints that meet your expectations.