Original WAEC Certificate Collection: How To Go About It Easily

You have not collected your WAEC certificate? No problem, you’re not alone. In fact, it had been stated that some of the results ready for collection in WAEC offices dates back to 1960. Why people leave what they laboured for this long is what I don’t know. To even think many of the people that collected theirs collected at a rush hour when they needed it for something makes it bad.


It’s your certificate, you registered for the exams, prepared for it, sat for it and it came out good, why not collect it? The large number of uncollected results is high and this had prompted the exam body to fine candidates for not collecting their certificates.

The fine ranges from N3,500 to N23,500 depending on the time duration the certificate is left fallowing in their office.

We have also listed the amounts you would pay for collecting your original WAEC certificate depending on how long you’ve waited and they are:

  • 0 – 4 years = N3, 500
  • 5 – 9 years = N8, 500
  • 10 – 14 years = N13, 500
  • 15 – 19 years = N18, 500
  • 20 years and above = N23, 500

From the list above, where do you belong? You need to collect your certificate to avoid moving to the next level of fine. This article with discuss all you need to know about WAEC certificate collection. Before that, lets discuss WAEC as a body a bit.

WAEC: An Overview

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is an examination board that conducts the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, for universities and Jamb entry examination in West African countries.

Established in 1952, the council has contributed to education in Anglo-phonic countries of West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia), with the number of examinations they have coordinated, and certificates they have issued. They also formed an endowment fund, to contribute to the education in West Africa.

The council conducts four different categories of examinations. They are International Examinations, National Examinations, Examinations conducted in collaboration with other examining bodies, and Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies.

The International exams are the exams taken in more than one country. WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination) for example is taken in the five countries. The National examinations are taken in individual countries. The council also coordinates examinations in collaboration with some trustworthy examination bodies.

The council also conducts examination in West Africa on behalf of international examination bodies. Examples includes University of London GCE and JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board) examination in countries outside Nigeria.

Below is how you can process the collection of your original WAEC certificate easily no matter where you are in the country

WAEC Certificate Collection: How To Go About It

It’s no news if I tell you WAEC organizes the Secondary School Certificate Examination twice a year. One for those still in school and the other for private candidates, the WAEC exams popular known as externals.

However, while the first one for school candidates (internal WAEC) takes place between June to June and that of private candidates (external WAEC) takes place between June to June, there’s a new one introduced for the private candidates. It takes place between June to June and it was introduced in 2018.

Regardless of the examination type, WAEC certificates are ready for collection within one year after results are out. However, where you collect the results differs.

For school candidates (internal WAEC candidates), they can get their results from their respective schools. The requirements for collection and fees depends on the school. So, if yours is an internal examination, kindly go to your school for collection.

For private candidates, you need to go to the nearest WAEC office and make inquiry. Just remember, if it’s been more than a year since your certificate was released, you will have to pay a fee to collect your certificate. WAEC calls it a custody fee and the rate vary depending on how long your certificate was kept in WAEC’s care.

You might be asking yourself – What documents should I bring when collecting your original waec result from waec office? See them below.

Before collection, you are expected to provide the following documents among other things.

  • Application letter
  • Online result printout
  • Identity Card
  • One passport photograph
  • a sworn affidavit from the High Court

After collecting your certificate, avoid laminating it. Keep it in a safe place to prevent it from damaging as it’s susceptible to getting damaged quickly if handled badly. You can keep it in a transparent bag and keep the bag save. After going through this write up, it’s no doubt saying it’s not that difficult getting your certificate when you’re ready. However, it’s best to get it when not in a hurry.

The Author

Chizoba Ikenwa

Chizoba is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the founder of Nigerian Infopedia. He is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research


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  1. I wrote waec 2017 and the date of birth on my certificate is wrong can I change it?

  2. Tosin Mala now Tosin Adeyinka


    I sat for WAEC(Private) examinations in November/December 1994 and 1995 respectively but I’m not presently residing in Nigeria. Can I send my younger sister to collect on my behalf if I send the necessary documentation required for collection. Please I need your urgent response in this regard as I am in need of the certificates

    1. Anything is possible in Nigeria but you have she has to provide enough evidence and cash if possible


    Pls can I get my waec certificate from any waec office close to my place apart from the school I did it ….cos am an external student there ??

  4. Please I wrote WEAC in 2009 at Maiduguri… But the area is a no go area since then,I have not collected my certificate I only have the online print out ,how can I get the certificate? Can any organization clear me with the online result?

  5. Ikenga Ambroe okwudili

    Good day sir, I please wrote my waec exams at apapa secondary school, Lagos as a (private student). Where please can I go and collect my certificate?

    1. Either check the school or visit the WAEC office

  6. I wrote my wace 1999 I have the statement of result pls how can I get the certificate

  7. Pls can I get a sample address for the application letter??

  8. Okolie Chukwuemeka Maxwell

    Hello good evening I am okolie Chukwuemeka Maxwell I am not around in country and base on the information at hand I have told my sister to pick my results for me and if you don’t mind I will scan and send all the information you need to enable her pick the results for me.


  9. Comment: I sat for waec in 2007 at Omoku Rivers State but I lost my print out and I, don’t have my exam number, please how do I get the original certificate ?

    1. That might be a difficult task. I suggest you go to the nearest WAEC office near you and lay down your complaint


    Please my sister wrote her exam in the year 2018 but she lost as a result of fire outbreak in the house please can she get a certificate again

    1. Yes, let her visit waec office nearest to her and report the issue

  11. Can I get my WAEC exams results and certificate taken at loyola college Ibadan Nigeria dating back to 1967 schools certificate examinations?

    1. It might be possible, if you have proof that you wrotr the exam

    2. I wrote my waec exam 2017 please how much will it cause to collect the original result, and the nearest waec location am staying in harbour road, town. Ph

  12. It seems I have to wait till after lockdown. I have not collected my result for 2018 yet. Is WAEC office open how?

  13. I sat for my waec 2017, and haven’t gotten the original result yet… But I need to get it in the space of just few days and schools ain’t open yet… Can I get it at the waec office?

    1. Wait for the school to resume first. Pay your school a visit, they should be open

      1. Please I sat for waec GCE since 2014 in igbaja kwara state but have not requested for the original waec certificate since then thought I don’t reside in kwara state now pls can I request for d certificate in any state where I reside because my location is not in kwara state

  14. Which WAEC office can I go for my original result collection

  15. I wrote my own 2019
    Is the original certificate is out!??

    1. Go to your secondary school and find out there

      1. Pls how do I go abt d application letter can u give me an example pls cos I did my waec in 2010

        1. Its the normal way you write an application letter. The only difference is addressing it to waec

  16. Hello, I wrote WAEC 2017 ( I was not a student of the school but i registered with them and wrote it. I don’t know if that counts as external or internal). And i haven’t collected the original. I heard about original waec result certificate today., like few minutes ago.

    How do i go about the collection sir..? Do I go to the school first or WAEC office in my state…?

  17. Hi
    Please I lost my identity card through which I registered for the examination, I also lost my national identification simultaneously. Is it still possible to get my cert? If yes, please tell me what I need to do. Thanks

  18. Hello,I wrote my waec 2007 at fgc ikirun and I have my statement of result but I need the original copy……what should I do.

  19. Hi,
    I wrote my waec (private candidate) 2018 and my date of birth is different, please tell me the procedure to be taken. Urgently please

  20. Pls in my institution I want to use two sitting in Wace .but one carries three names and the other carries two names respectively will it be collected

  21. I process my waec original cert on 4th Feb2021
    And I haven’t been mail to come for it.
    What’s wrong ❌?
    And the process was done successfully

  22. I wrote GCE in Ojo local government in 2010 can I get original certificate from ikeja

  23. Atunwa Lola Esther

    I wrote waec gce in Lagos in the year 2012 and I am no longer in Lagos please can I get the original certificate in kwara state waec office ?

  24. Is waec cert 2019 out?

  25. Lateef Ibrahim Adewale

    Please sir, I sat for waec in saint Lawrence’s grammar school ilesha osun state in the year 2007 since then I left the state, now am in revers state please can I get the original result here in rivers State because it is not easy for me to go to my school thank you sir.

  26. Please I don’t understand the internal and external student stuff
    I did mine in a school where I was not going b4:like outside the school I’m initially registered 4rm jss1 to ss2 so am I a private or internal student

  27. Please I wrote WAEC 2004 as an external student at St.Martins school mushing,my result did not come out on time,when it eventually came out I couldn’t get because my picture was not on it, please how can I go about it

    1. Go to the school to find out or visit the nearest waec office

  28. I wrote GCE in Lagos Ajeromi Ifelodun LG , but could not find any of my details except the centre of my examination and the year,,Please how do i go about it to get my certificate

  29. I wrote wace 2020 as External candidate but when I wanted to collect my original wace result they told 25000
    I pleaded with them to reduce the money for me they refuse please what will I do

  30. Good afternoon thanks for the information. I wrote waec in 2014 the question I will like to ask is it still possible for my waec result to be collected from my school in 2021? Thank u in anticipation of your response.

  31. How long does it take to get the waec certificate once payment is being made.

  32. Adekunle Iyanuoluwa

    Good afternoon ma/sir….
    I finished my waec 2013
    Please it is compulsory i get my waec certificate from my school or I go to any waec office to get it?

    Please i need quick response from you…. Thanks

  33. Saheed Muizdeen Omoniyi

    The name on my waec certificate is not correct can I still change it
    Okay thanks

      1. Pls how do I go about it? Is it just affidavit from the court? Pls this is urgent… good evening

  34. Which day is dedicated for 2009 set to collect their result.

  35. Mine was 2009, I moved to Ibadan, nd I did my WAEC in Lagos. Please is there any possibility I can get it here in Ibadan.

  36. I did my WAEC in 2020, but my school has not received the original copies for my set. Please, how can I get it? I need it urgently for my screening.

    1. Quickly go to the zonal office and make your complaints known to them

  37. Johnson, Olayemi lydia

    Please, I did my waec that is Nov/Dec WASSCE(PRIVATE) Since 2015. Where do I collect my certificate.

    1. Go to the school or WAEC office in the state you wrote the exam

  38. Pls I wrote exam in osun state can apply for it at lagospls I need your reply

  39. I need my WAEC certificate as soon as possible. I wrote in Lagos in 2014. I’m in Abuja now. How can I get it? Can I get a contact person who can fast track the process?

  40. The Waec I did was school candidate own,and i don’t want to collect it at the school I did it,is I go to waec office will they give me????

    1. You will likely be referred to the school you write the exam…

  41. Greetings my brother, please have done all necessary regarding the secondary school certificate collection through proxy because I base in US. The person standing for me was told to come the next day and pick the document only to get thier and was told that I have to do an affidavit again in the US which must be submitted to them in Nigeria. They did not say this earlier until after money has been paid for the processing, pease advice what should I do?

  42. Ayuba Gama usman

    Hi, please I lost my original waec result and my school are requesting for it in few days, please how can I go about it and how long will it take for me to get a new one

  43. Awe,Babajide Ibrahim

    I sat for the December 1985 GCE Ordinary Level Exam in Lagos and was posted a notification of result in March 1986 by WAEC. I want my certificate; however, when I checked online the result was not displayed. What can I do to get to get my certificate.

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