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MuteWitness
20-08-2006, 19:07
I need a certified copy of my passport - does anyone know who can sign it these days?

thanks

medusa
20-08-2006, 19:23
You can organise for them to be done at the courts I think- they take signings for affadavits and the like.

JoeP
20-08-2006, 20:19
Depends upon what it's for.

When I needed one recently my GP ws able to do it for me.

Make sure that the form of words on the copy - e.g. 'I confirm that this is a certified copy of the passport of Fred Bloggs, and that I have compared both original and copy....yada yada yda' is correct.

Again, varies form organisation to organisation. If there's any doubt ring 'em up and get clarification.

wendygs
20-08-2006, 20:20
Ther courts will probably charge a fee. Unless married or otherwise related to you, I think a fairly complete and comprehensive list of those people who are acceptable countersignatures for passport applications is as follows:

Accountant
Articled clerk of a limited company
Assurance agent of recognised company
Bank/building society official
Barrister
Broker
Chairman/director of limited company
Chemist
Chiropodist
Christian Science practitioner
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)
Valuers and auctioneers (fellow and associate members of the
incorporated society)
Warrant officers and Chief Petty Officers


As a footnote to the above, some GPs/medical practitioners may consider it is not within their terms and conditions of working to countersign passport applications in which case they may decline or charge at their discretion.

MuteWitness
20-08-2006, 21:29
can i just walk into a post office and ask them?

wendygs
20-08-2006, 21:36
Suggest you go and ask 'em I dont know but maybe someone else might.

absynthfairy
20-08-2006, 22:13
I feel so important when someone asks me to sign their passport... Its a nice feeling - I wish people would ask me more often!:)

rich951
20-08-2006, 22:20
I've signed one or two passport *applications* as a doctor (of philosophy, not medicine!), but not sure about certified copies. As Joe says, I'd suggest checking with the company in question - I did recently sign something that was rejected as they had a very particular list. Stupid really, as he's never met his bank manager or GP, and has no accountant - and those were the only people allowed to say "yes, I know Mr Smith, this really is him"!

Hmm, reading down that list above, there's some odd ones on there. I could also qualify as a "professional photographer" - well, I have sold about a dozen photographs and got paid for them! :)

noss
07-10-2009, 15:23
Ther courts will probably charge a fee. Unless married or otherwise related to you, I think a fairly complete and comprehensive list of those people who are acceptable countersignatures for passport applications is as follows:

Accountant
Articled clerk of a limited company
Assurance agent of recognised company
Bank/building society official
Barrister
Broker
Chairman/director of limited company
Chemist
Chiropodist
Christian Science practitioner
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)
Valuers and auctioneers (fellow and associate members of the
incorporated society)
Warrant officers and Chief Petty Officers


As a footnote to the above, some GPs/medical practitioners may consider it is not within their terms and conditions of working to countersign passport applications in which case they may decline or charge at their discretion.


Presumably, Architects can do this as well?

Fishcake
07-10-2009, 15:27
you'd be surprised how many civil servants you know. I get loads of friends asking me to sign theirs. I pretend it's an autograph hunter, sigh a little but sign in the end before my security usher them away.

Dozy
07-10-2009, 15:33
If you want a certified copy, for a visa application, for example, most solicitors can help - and there's a standard charge, either 5 or 10, can't remember which.

I just phoned up the solicitors on High Street - 'cos they were the most convenient for my bus stop - made an appointment and it was done and dusted in minutes.

mick taker
07-10-2009, 15:34
Any professional can sign. I have signed for several.

Dozy
07-10-2009, 15:36
Any professional can sign. I have signed for several.

Even professional plonkers!!! Wow, I am surprised. :hihi:

kmurray_uk
07-10-2009, 15:36
If you're near Broomhill/Manchester Road, just pop into the office & i'll do it for you. Gratis of course.

mick taker
07-10-2009, 15:39
I only charge a fiver and my signature is PAWSH!

boyfriday
07-10-2009, 15:55
I hope the OP has found somebody to do the necessary within the last 3 years!

Incidentally they wanted a copy of a passport certified as an accurate copy of the original, rather than an application countersigning, so they would need a solicitor or magistrate to do that or one or two other 'professionals', but the list is much shorter than the countersignatory one.

Fishcake
07-10-2009, 15:56
I don't charge but I have to know you first or I don't trust you. you could be one of them imigrants or something

Fishcake
07-10-2009, 15:56
I hope the OP has found somebody to do the necessary within the last 3 years!

Incidentally they wanted a copy of a passport certified as an accurate copy of the original, rather than an application countersigning, so they would need a solicitor or magistrate to do that.

I'm a trainee magistrate :P