Passport countersigning

Dazza Just JoinedRegistered Posts: 4
Having recently gained full membership and professional status, a close friend has inquired if I could countersign his passport photo/identity; not sure if I am now in a position to do this, has any other full members assisted friends with this request? Just like to know my position.......


  • Gem7321
    Gem7321 Experienced Mentor DevonMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 1,438
    Mine and most of my familys pp's were countersigned by an MAAT and came back fine
  • Dazza
    Dazza Just Joined Registered Posts: 4
    Passport Countersigning

    That's good to know, much appreciated!
  • mc25
    mc25 Well-Known Registered Posts: 232
    I have heard alot saying once you gain the status of FMAAT they say you can sign passport.
  • Timmne
    Timmne Feels At Home Registered Posts: 37
    It's irrellevant - you need to be of good social standing (teacher, solicitor, shop manager, accountant etc), not a certain qualification.
  • PhilHallAAT
    PhilHallAAT Registered, Moderator, Staff Posts: 66
    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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