Choose a person working in or retired from one of the following professions sign your photos (they must also satisfy the criteria listed above).
Accountant Airline pilot Articled clerk of a limited company Assurance agent of recognised company Bank/building society official Barrister Chairman/director of limited company Chiropodist Commissioner for oaths Councillor, eg local or county Civil servant (permanent) Dentist Director/manager/personnel officer of a VAT-registered company Engineer – with professional qualifications Financial services intermediary, eg a stockbroker or insurance broker Fire service official Funeral director Insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company Journalist Justice of the Peace Legal secretary – fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs Licensee of public house Local government officer Manager/personnel officer of a limited company Member, associate or fellow of a professional body Member of Parliament Merchant Navy officer Minister of a recognised religion – including Christian Science Nurse – RGN or RMN Officer of the armed services Optician Paralegal – certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals Person with honours, eg an OBE or MBE Pharmacist Photographer – professional Police officer Post Office official President/secretary of a recognised organisation Salvation Army officer Social worker Solicitor Surveyor Teacher, lecturer Trade union officer Travel agent – qualified Valuer or auctioneer – fellows and associate members of the incorporated society Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers
Who can’t sign my photos?
Apart from people not working in a ‘recognised profession’ or not being ‘a person of good standing in their community’, official guidelines also bar the following from signing:
Your countersignatory can’t:
Work for HM Passport Office
Be a doctor, unless they state that they know you well (eg good friend) and that they recognise you easily from your photo.
Can a relative or partner sign my photos?
No. The person signing photos cannot be:
Related by birth or marriage
Be in a relationship with or live at the same address as the person applying.
What does the countersignatory need to write on the photo?
He or she must write the following on the reverse of one of the two photographs you have.
‘I certify that this is a true likeness of [title and full name of adult or child who is getting the passport].’
They must then sign and date the photo underneath the statement.
What else do I need to know?
The person who signs your form and photo could be contacted by HM Passport Office for additional information. The process could be delayed if they’re not available – on holiday for example.
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