Once an official Texas A&M University PDF transcript has been opened, it should display the digital signature certification bar across the top of the document.
- Valid Signature
An official PDF transcript should display the digital signature certification bar with the "blue ribbon" icon included and look similar to the image below. The blue ribbon certificaton icon and statement indicates the document is certified by the Texas A&M University, Office of the Registrar. The digital signature also means the document is true and authentic. The "blue ribbon" certification also means the document's contents have note been changed or altered in any way.
- Invalid Signature
If the following image displays at the top of the document, this is an indication that the document is invalid and should be rejected. The invalid status could be due to several reasons, such as inauthentic signature or alteration done to the original document. In any case where this digital signature certification bar appears, reject the document.
- Unknown Signature
If the following digital signature certification bar displays at the top of the document, it is an indication that the validity of this document is unknown, thus please make sure the computer has an active internet connection. This display can have two possible meanings, the digital signature cannot be validated due to an inactive internet connection, or the digital signature cannot be instantly validated online. However, if after restoring an active internet connection, or if there was already a properly working internet connection, and the digital signature still cannot be validated, reject the document.
- Other Important Notes:
- It should be noted that only the Texas A&M University official PDF transcript will be validated using the Adobe CDS signature. Any additional documents uploaded by the student during the online ordering process for official transcripts in PDF format are included as a separate attachment for the recipient alongside the official PDF transcript. The additional attachment will not be signed with the Office of the Registrar's Adobe CDS signature, as staff do not review or authenticate attachments. Acceptance of a student's uploaded documents is at the discretion of the recipient. Texas A&M University Office of the Registrar staff do not have access to these uploaded documents.
- The official Texas A&M University PDF transcript is considered official in PDF format only.