Self Authenticating Document Law and Legal Definition

According to the law of evidence in the United States self authenticating documents are that which can be admitted into evidence at a trial without proof being submitted to support the claim that the document is what it appears to be. In short, these are documents those which do not require outside evidence of authenticity in order to be admitted in evidence. Several categories of documents are deemed to be self-authenticating. Certified copy of public or business records, official publications of government agencies, newspaper articles, trade inscriptions, such as labels on products are few examples of self authenticating documents.