Passport Signing

Recognised professions

Examples of recognised professions include:

  • 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

People who Aren’t Accepted

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.