Choose a person working in or retired from one of the following professions sign your photos (they must also satisfy the criteria listed above).
Articled clerk of a limited company
Assurance agent of recognised company
Bank/building society official
Chairman/director of limited company
Commissioner for oaths
Councillor, eg local or county
Civil servant (permanent)
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
Insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company
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
Paralegal – certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals
Person with honours, eg an OBE or MBE
Photographer – professional
Post Office official
President/secretary of a recognised organisation
Salvation Army officer
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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