Are MIPs allowed to sign passports

sarahml Registered Posts: 2 New contributor 🐸
Can anybody help me? Are MAAT MIP allowed to sign passports?


  • Gem7321
    Gem7321 Registered Posts: 1,438 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    My passport was signed by an MAAT who wasn't even a MIP, technically I don't think that's allowed but they obviously didn't check!
  • deanshepherd
    deanshepherd Registered Posts: 1,809 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    Pretty much anyone can sign these days (official guidance here) although the AAT think the main selling point to becoming a fellow member (FMAAT) is that you suddenly have the power to sign a passport application.
  • T.C.
    T.C. Registered, Tutor Posts: 1,448 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I have signed several passports as MAAT and have even been checked once - no problems. However, I believe it is supposed to be FMAATs only.
  • PhilHallAAT
    PhilHallAAT Registered, Moderator Posts: 80 mod
    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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