Document examination is a means of identifying forgery and establishing the authenticity of documents in dispute.
A document examiner verifies a document to :
a. identify handwriting and signatures ;
b. identify a document as a forgery ;
c. identify typewriters, check writers, and photocopies ;
d. detect alterations, additions, deletions, or substitutions ;
e. decipher alterations and erasures ;
f. identify and decipher indented writing; and
g. identify comparisons of inks and identification of type of writing instrument
A forensic document examiner examines documents that form part of a case which may or may not come before a court of law.