Certifications of Service
Process for requesting a certification
- Social Security numbers are not included in certifications as a rule. If you need all or part of your Social Security number included on your certification, indicate that in your request form.
- Requests take 7–10 business days to process.
- Certifications of service documents will only be sent to you via fax or mail. Your certification cannot be emailed to you.
Types of certification documents
Certification of Noncompetitive Eligibility
If you do not currently have a copy of your description of service and you need to verify your noncompetitive eligibility status for a federal employer, you can request a certification of noncompetitive eligibility.
Certification for Partial Perkins Loan Cancellation
You may be eligible for partial Perkins loan cancellation if you have a non-consolidated Perkins loan. Contact your lender to see if and how you may qualify for this benefit. See Instructions for Student Loans and student loan FAQs for more information.
Certification of Peace Corps Health Care Coverage
This certification provides proof of your Peace Corps health-care coverage during service. It can be used to reinstate Medicare Part B.
Certification of Service for Employment Purposes
This is an official verification of your Volunteer service, including dates and country of service for a potential employer. This certification does not contain your monthly readjustment allowance amount.
Certification of Service for Federal Retirement
Employees who are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) are eligible to receive credit for their Peace Corps Volunteer service to put toward their retirement. Learn more on the Federal Retirement page.
Certification of Teaching
If your primary assignment during service was as a teacher and you served for 18 months or more, many states will allow you to count this time toward your professional teaching experience.
Description of Service
Before close of service, Volunteers write a description of service. The country director signs this document and returns the original returned to the Volunteer.