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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)
- Engineer (with professional Qualifications)
- Fire Service Official
- Funeral Director
- Insurance agent (full time) of a recognised
- 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)
- 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
- Teacher, Lecturer
- Trade Union Officer
- Travel Agency (Qualified)