Countersigning Personal Licence Photos

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As part of your application for a Personal Licence an applicant will need to provide two passport sized photos. Both of these photos must be signed, one by the applicant themselves, and another by a counter-signatory. But who can this counter-signatory be, and why is there signature so vital in the application process of your Personal Licence?

What is a counter-signatory?

A counter-signatory must be someone who is known by the applicant, but not a spouse or relative. The point of a counter-signatory is to prove the identity of the person applying for the Personal Licence. This leaves various other people who you could ask to sign your photos, including a work colleague, a Manager whom you report to.

Ultimately, the counter-signatory must belong to someone who is a ‘a person of good standing in their community and work in a recognised profession. This also includes a professional who is retired from said recognised profession.

The full list of occupants that can be a counter-signatory are as followed:

  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Councillor: Local or County
  • Civil Servant (permanent)
  • Dentist
  • Engineer (with professional Qualifications)
  • Fire Service Official
  • Funeral Director
  • Insurance agent (full time) of a recognised
  • Company
  • Journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Legal Secretary (members and fellows of the
  • Institute of legal secretaries)
  • Local Government Officer
  • Manager/Personnel Officer (of Limited Company)
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant Navy Officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion
  • Nurse (SRN and SEN)
  • Officer of the armed services (Active or Retired)
  • Optician
  • Person with Honours (e.g. OBE MBE etc)
  • 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 Agency (Qualified)