Using a “fake” doctor’s excuse is a time-honored tradition that likely goes back as long as there have been doctors and school teachers and children trying to avoid their parents’ wrath. Although it’s impossible to say when it was that the first person used a false doctor’s note, it’s not impossible to imagine it happening. And many of those scenarios that we might imagine are still very much an issue these days, just in much more complicated forms.
In fact, you can make the argument that there is more need for a replica doctors excuse now than at any point in our history. Why would that be? Well, our world has changed radically since 9/11, and everything is about increased regulation and authentication. Of course, that’s not a bad thing in the grand scheme of things, but it does have a way of seeping into and making more difficult the minutiae of our lives. A doctors note is a great example of this.
We can probably trace printable doctors notes back to the late 1980s and early 1990s when computers and printers were first becoming prevalent in the home. At that time, when you purchased a printer, you often got a software package that allowed you to print all manner of banners, certificates and the like. They often included templates of official certificates, including birth certificates, diplomas and even replica notes.
As the Internet became more widespread and people began to turn to it for a wide range of services, websites began to replace these print-oriented software packages. Now, you could just go online, choose your certificate or doctor excuse, customize it and then print it out. It helped greatly that browsers were becoming more sophisticated all the time, and now we could do some truly sophisticated things in terms of personalization.
Now, we had the perfect storm. The technology sitting in our living rooms was advanced enough to create a printed document as if it had come from a professional printing source. We could now even use the computer to emulate doctor-like handwriting. In the meantime, we had this increased regulation forcing us to spend more time and waste more money, and as that continued, the use of printable doctor notes became very common indeed.