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Signing Passport Forms

At St James’s Surgery we have decided to comply with the guidance from the Passport Office regarding the signing of passport forms. From 8th May 2017, GP’s will no longer sign a passport application form.

Accepted occupations for counter signatories are below:-

Your counter signatory must either:

* work in (or be retired from) a recognised profession

* be ‘a person of good standing in their community’

Recognised professions

Examples of recognised professions include:

* accountant

* airline pilot

* articled clerk of a limited company

* assurance agent of recognised company

* bank/building society official

* barrister

* chairman/director of limited company

* chiropodist

* commissioner for oaths

* councilor, e.g. local or county

* civil servant (permanent)

* dentist

* director/manager/personnel officer of a VAT-registered company

* engineer - with professional qualifications

* financial services intermediary, e.g. a stockbroker or insurance broker

* fire service official

* funeral director

* insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company

* journalist

* Justice of the Peace

* legal secretary - fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs

* licensee of public house

* local government officer

* manager/personnel officer of a limited company

* member, associate or fellow of a professional body

* Member of Parliament

* Merchant Navy officer

* minister of a recognised religion - including Christian Science

* nurse - RGN or RMN

* officer of the armed services

* optician

* paralegal - certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals

* person with honors, e.g. an OBE or MBE

* pharmacist

* 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 agent - qualified

* valuer or auctioneer - fellows and associate members of the incorporated society

* Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers

People who aren’t accepted

Your counter signatory can’t:

* work for HM Passport Office

* be a doctor, unless they state that they know you well (e.g. good friend) and that they recognise you easily from your photo

You’ll be asked to find someone else if your counter signatory doesn’t meet the requirements.

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