Can a MAAT countersign a passport?

churchy32churchy32 New MemberRegistered Posts: 5
Hi

I am a member of the AAT & a friend has asked me if I can countersign their passport. I don't think I can, but thought I would ask the question on here.

Thanks:001_smile:

Comments

  • claudialoweclaudialowe Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 275
    I think that the rules have changed, and that anyone with a full UK passport can countersign a passport, so long as they have known the person for 2+ years.

    I am MAAT (and MIP) and have signed a couple - and never come across any problems........

    Claudia
  • ademooreademoore Well-Known Registered Posts: 146
    I agree, I was under the impression that as MAAT you are able to sign them, as long as you have known them for certain length of time!
  • lorklork Feels At Home Registered Posts: 97
    I believe only Fellow members can sign passport applications. See bullet point number 3: http://www.aat.org.uk/members/content/item1305/
  • deanshepherddeanshepherd Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,809
    I think this is a myth spread by the AAT to try and 'sell' fellow status..!

    Official guidance here.
  • MonsoonMonsoon Font Of All Knowledge FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,069
    I think this is a myth spread by the AAT to try and 'sell' fellow status..!

    Official guidance here.

    Thanks Dean that's useful to know.

    Interesting that it just says "Accountant" (and we all know any Tom dick or Harry can use that term) yet it stipulates "Engineer (with professional qualifications)"! :001_tt2:
  • AdamRAdamR Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 668
    I was concerned that this entry still appears:
    • Bank/building society official
    :laugh:
  • churchy32churchy32 New Member Registered Posts: 5
    AdamR wrote: »
    I was concerned that this entry still appears:
    • Bank/building society official
    :laugh:

    I can understand your concerns:lol:
  • churchy32churchy32 New Member Registered Posts: 5
    Thanks for your replys, I have countersigned my friends passport so will post on here if it is accepted or rejected!!!
  • churchy32churchy32 New Member Registered Posts: 5
    :thumbup1:My friends passport arrived on Monday!
  • PhilHallAATPhilHallAAT Registered, Moderator, Staff Posts: 17
    I’m happy to confirm that it has always been the case that any AAT licensed accountant can countersign a passport application providing they meet the Home Office requirements which are that;

    • You have known the applicant for at least 2 years
    • You believe that all the information the applicant has put on the form is true
    • You live in the UK
    • You have a British passport yourself

    This is because accountancy is a “recognised profession”

    You do NOT need to be a Chartered accountant.
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