COVID-19 and Verification of Religion: Acceptable Alternatives

Please do not travel unnecessarily to complete the verification of religion process.

If you have applied previously to the SEC, please note this on your application form and we will verify your religion using the contact details you supplied for your minister last year.

For new applicants or applicants who have changed congregation since last year, please use one of the following alternatives:

Post:  you can post the Verification of Religion page to your church leader.

The church leader can sign and post the Verification of Religion back to you.

Put the signed Verification of Religion with your supporting documents when you are completing Step 3 of the application process: posting the supporting documents.

The church leader should not post the Verification of Religion directly to the SEC, it must be returned to you first.

Electronic: Scan/photograph the Verification of Religion page and email to your church leader.

We recommend that your church leader use the ‘fill and sign’ option in Adobe and return it by email to you. Alternatively, they can print, sign and return a scan of it to you.

If sending your Verification of Religion to us by email to please include your certificate number in the subject line. This is the 8 digit number beginning 100….. Email received without a certificate code will be deleted and not processed.

If you are having any difficulties completing the application process due to the current public health restrictions, please contact us immediately at