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    • sugarplum88
    • By sugarplum88 31st Jul 18, 7:41 PM
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    Passport countersign
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    Passport countersign 31st Jul 18 at 7:41 PM
    Hi all, i need mine and my partners passport photos signed. Could someone that works for the nhs do it? Thanks
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    What do the guidance notes say?
    • DCFC79
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    Hi all, i need mine and my partners passport photos signed. Could someone that works for the nhs do it? Thanks
    Originally posted by sugarplum88

    There's a list that tells you who could sign it.
    Last edited by DCFC79; 31-07-2018 at 9:21 PM.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 31st Jul 18, 10:19 PM
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    There's a list that tells you who could sign it.
    Originally posted by DCFC79
    There is list of examples of people who can sign. It depends what the people you know who work for the NHS do.
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    • missnat81
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    I recently countersigned passport photos for someone I work with I!!!8217;m not a doctor... I!!!8217;m a supervisor in a shop, he got his passport with no problems... read the booklet that comes with it I!!!8217;m sure it said neighbors etc could do it as long as they have known the person over 3 years
    • maman
    • By maman 1st Aug 18, 2:17 PM
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    I recently countersigned passport photos for someone I work with I!!!8217;m not a doctor... I!!!8217;m a supervisor in a shop, he got his passport with no problems... read the booklet that comes with it I!!!8217;m sure it said neighbors etc could do it as long as they have known the person over 3 years
    Originally posted by missnat81

    Contrary to common perception doctors aren't on the list of signatories unless they happen to have reason to know the person really well.


    There is a list of suggested occupations on the gov website but people 'of good standing in the community' are also included. Personally I would interpret that as having some sort of community role such as running a local group or a well known lollipop person or even a long standing shopkeeper or something like that.


    If you don't fit any of those categories I'm surprised that the passport was issued so readily. I can see that system being open to abuse.
    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 2nd Aug 18, 1:31 PM
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    Someone who's a member of a professional body can sign. So people who have qualified and maintained membership of their professional body can sign. Possibly accountants, accounting technicians, physiotherapists, counsellors, driving instructors, librarians, heating engineers, teachers, nurses, etc. People who work in the public sector are sometimes considered eligible to sign such as police staff and civil servants, so ask your friends as you might be surprised at who says they can sign.
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    • bylromarha
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    I frequently sign for friends, as I'm a teacher.
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 5th Aug 18, 9:56 PM
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    Twelve years ago, I countersigned my ex's nephew and nieces passports, even though my job at the time, wasn't listed on the list of people that can countersign. But worked for a bank. They received them within the week and used them to travel twice when I was still with my ex,

    I don't think the Passport Office have got time and money to double check countersigners are legit. Providing they don't have the same current surname, maiden name or mothers maiden name (which looks a bit dodgy as probably family).
    Last edited by ScarletMarble; 05-08-2018 at 9:59 PM.
    • maman
    • By maman 6th Aug 18, 5:13 PM
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    Twelve years ago, I countersigned my ex's nephew and nieces passports, even though my job at the time, wasn't listed on the list of people that can countersign. But worked for a bank. They received them within the week and used them to travel twice when I was still with my ex,

    I don't think the Passport Office have got time and money to double check countersigners are legit. Providing they don't have the same current surname, maiden name or mothers maiden name (which looks a bit dodgy as probably family).
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble

    You're probably right and in any event the website list of those eligible to countersign is very vague and not exhaustive.
    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 7th Aug 18, 7:50 AM
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    Twelve years ago, I countersigned my ex's nephew and nieces passports, even though my job at the time, wasn't listed on the list of people that can countersign. But worked for a bank. They received them within the week and used them to travel twice when I was still with my ex,

    I don't think the Passport Office have got time and money to double check countersigners are legit. Providing they don't have the same current surname, maiden name or mothers maiden name (which looks a bit dodgy as probably family).
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    I know of a few countersigners who have been rung up and checked by the passport office. It's worth making sure you really kniw the details of who you have signed for as it doesn't look good if you can't answer their questions.
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    • Blaise in Surrey
    • By Blaise in Surrey 7th Aug 18, 7:53 AM
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    Clergy can sign - pop along to your local C of E church and ask there. A small donation would be gratefully received :-)
    • benjus
    • By benjus 7th Aug 18, 9:16 AM
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    Clergy can sign - pop along to your local C of E church and ask there. A small donation would be gratefully received :-)
    Originally posted by Blaise in Surrey
    They still have to have known you for 2 years, so only works if you are a regular churchgoer or happen to know the priest personally.
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    • maman
    • By maman 7th Aug 18, 12:37 PM
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    I know of a few countersigners who have been rung up and checked by the passport office. It's worth making sure you really kniw the details of who you have signed for as it doesn't look good if you can't answer their questions.
    Originally posted by Kynthia

    That's happened to me both for passports and those ID cards that teenagers use to get into pubs! Surely if you genuinely know the person it isn't a problem.

    They still have to have known you for 2 years, so only works if you are a regular churchgoer or happen to know the priest personally.
    Originally posted by benjus

    I think that's why GPs aren't an automatic choice !!! the list says.
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