It is a common fact that people get sick and sometimes need to visit a doctor to obtain a note for changing their daily routine. It is also very common for people to just need a day off without any excuse. You may not be feeling ill but just need some time to yourself without having to worry about working. It is important to know that there are other options for obtaining a doctors note aside from actually having to visit the doctor or dentist. The following are 10 ways to use a great doctor’s excuse… even if it didn’t come from your doctor.

Act Like You are Sick
No one is ever going to believe that you are sick if you do not employ the necessary medical symptoms that accompany your supposed illness. Make sure that the excuse you use is one that is believable. For example, do not tell them you are in the hospital dying if you plan on to return the very next day. Make everyone believe you are sick – be sick like a boss. It is the first step to a successful mental health break.

Make your Excuse Legitimate
Make sure if you are using a free or new company for your Dr. papers that you are using one that is legitimate and will be able to look real to anyone in authority. Many companies simply offer blank templates that you can make into your own note that fits all of your needs. Be sure to use proper grammar and appropriate wording when writing out your own note.

Get a Good Sample Before you Make the Excuse
Many companies will offer a sample of the different types of notes they offer. This is a great way to see what you are getting for your money especially if they require you to pay for it. Visit websites to see if they offer samples.  Often this shows that the company is legit and the type of note or template that you are getting is going to be believable, readable and will not make you look like a fraud when you hand it in.

Use the Appropriate Wording
If you have told someone that you are seriously ill or injured and are in the hospital, it is important to remember that an excuse for that is different from doctors excuses. Many notes that come from the hospital have the discharge date and time listed on them to ensure that the person is safe and healthy before leaving the building. If you are going to go with this route, be sure that you have everything you need listed on the note.

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Make Your Forms Have Actual Companies
When you download templates for doctor excuses, make sure that you are using the name of a realistic-sounding company. Doctors offices and medical buildings, like Kaiser Permanente are actual places with logos, names and phone numbers. If someone in authority calls about any information on the doctors notes, under certain privacy laws- especially in Texas- staff are not allowed to give anyone other than you information about your recent doctor visits. (However please only use these tips when tricking a friend)

Be Sure that Your Note Allows You to Work
Many doctor notes do have release information on them. When you are creating the note, make sure that you put a release time on it to ensure that you will be able to go back to your normal routine when you are hoping to. You do not want your absence to last indefinitely and putting a release date on the note will ensure that you will be able to simply and easily go back after your sickness or injury is over.

Don’t Have Any Missing Information
Different companies offer different forms and information that is able to be printed. If you are looking for a specific form and have printed it off of your computer after customizing it, make sure that you have not missed any information on the form. If you have, this could look like the doctors excuse is not real and you could be pegged for using a fake note. This could cause you to face severe consequences.

Print the Excuse on Your Home Computer
This is an obvious tip but it needs to be mentioned. Make sure that you are not using any sort of public computer to print excuses. All of the printable information can be saved onto a computer and often be accessed by anyone who uses the computer. It is best to use a computer that only you see and nobody else has access to.

Make Sure Your Forms are Correct
Before you submit your excuse, be sure that you have the correct format for all of your forms. Use only information that is absolutely pertinent and make it look like it is professionally done. Templates will be able to help you get started but the most important part of these forms is the information you input.

Stand by Your Story
Offer your story like a boss. If anyone questions the authenticity of your note, do what you need to do to make sure they know your note is real. Never give in and tell anyone that the note is fake.

Nitesh Singh, M.D. is a senior Anesthesiology resident in PSRI hospital, New Delhi, India. Nitesh is the expert authority in doctor’s notes and has been a staff writer at for over ten years.  You can learn more about him by visiting his social profiles here: LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+