Passport Countersignature

The complete guide to getting a countersignature for your passport application

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By Nagging Mum

A countersignature is basically someone signing your application and photo to confirm you are who you say you are. There are a number of requirements and regulations on who can countersign your passport application.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Do get someone who has known you for longer than two years
  • Don’t get someone who is part of your family or related to you
  • Do get someone who know you and are able to identify you (Someone you have interactions with on a regular basis).
  • Don’t get someone who lives at the same address as you
  • Do get someone who works in one of these recognised professions
  • Don’t get someone who you are in a relationship with
  • Do get someone who lives in the UK and has a British or Irish passport
  • Do get someone who can be easily contacted by the passport office

How to countersign a passport application

  • The person countersigning your application must check they are happy that all the information on your application is accurate and that your photos are actually you.
  • They must sign on your application as instructed on the form
  • They should write on the back of one of your photos ‘I certify this is a true likeness of (title and full name of applicant).
  • Also, they should also sign and date the back of the same photo.

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