How to Find Out If Someone Has a Diploma

by Lawrence Koenig; Updated September 26, 2017

If you are looking to hire an employee or want to check the validity of someone's resume or application, you may want to find out if they truly have achieved the education that they claim to have. Doing so is not difficult at all, it simply involves a little legwork and a few phone calls to the right people. Finding out of someone has a diploma will help you verify his standing and character and give you better assurance that you are hiring the right person for the job.

Step 1

Call the school for which the diploma was issued. Ask for student records.

Step 2

Explain to the staff that you are trying to verify the graduation status of a particular applicant and ask if he achieved the coursework in question.

Step 3

Respectfully request that the information be confirmed by either email or a mailed letter to verify the information and to keep for your records if necessary.

Step 4

Graduation records for high school that are more than 10 years old can be confirmed by the county department of education where your applicant graduated. To locate the county, simply type in the name of the school into a web search engine and check which school system it falls under.


  • If you are seeking to verify the status of a student, doctor, or employee whom you suspect attended a diploma mill, then do a quick check of the college or institution in question by searching online.

About the Author

Lawrence Koenig has been a technical writer since 1988. His expertise includes the U.S. military, hospitality and transportation industries. Koenig holds a Bachelor of Science in literature from Oral Roberts University and he is pursuing a Master of in Education.

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