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Who can I use as a countersignature on the DCs passports?

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JennyPenny22 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:11:00

Hi. I am doing the passport forms and need to get them off asap as we fly n 9 weeks!

My DC are 18 months and 3 months.

I need to get a countersignature done but my GP charges a fortune and we are spending enough of getting the passports in the first place.

I am trying to find like a list of all the people that can do it. On the booklet it just says "eg police etc".

Can a security guard do it?

blondiep14 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:12:48

I think it's any professional - OH is a golf pro and he signs them!

Libra Wed 22-Jul-09 13:14:03

Any professional really. I am an academic and do them quite frequently. I use our next door neighbour, who is a doctor.

AnyFucker Wed 22-Jul-09 13:14:32

a security guard cannot

do you know anyone who works in local government ?

prison officer ?

solicitors may do it for a cheaper fee than a gp

magistrate ?

AnyFucker Wed 22-Jul-09 13:15:08

nhs manager ?

bank manager ?

ruddynorah Wed 22-Jul-09 13:15:16

loads o options here

MadreInglese Wed 22-Jul-09 13:15:17

some info here

Mybox Wed 22-Jul-09 13:16:14

Why couldn't a security guard sign the form?

AnyFucker Wed 22-Jul-09 13:17:45

security guard not classed as a profession, sorry

(although they are wonderful people, obviously smile)

spicemonster Wed 22-Jul-09 13:18:34

A security guard is not a professional. Has to be a teacher, lawyer, accountant, doctor type of person. I got my boss (who is an accountant) to do mine, despite the fact that he'd never met my DS.

lal123 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:20:25

nurse/dentist/pharmacist - anyone who holds a professional qualification. Think a "golf pro" is stretching it a bit!! (sorry)

lal123 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:22:55

and it really should be someone who knows your kids - how can they verify their likeness if they don't know them??

ruddynorah Wed 22-Jul-09 13:24:55

can be other people though such as pub landlord, self employed builder/plumber/mechanic as long as he's vat registered or set us as a ltd company.

also a nurse, so that could be your midwife or HV.

go through that list and think of your friends or their partners and what they do.

JennyPenny22 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:30:49

I don't know anybody off that list!!! sad

I don't have an accountant/solicitor and they would need to know my children.

Also - it says for 2 year. Neither of them have been born for 2 years.

I do go to church so could ask the vicar? Only been going there about 6 months or so though so I can't really ask him for DD1 as he hasn't known her since birth? I am assuming he won't lie!!! lol

JennyPenny22 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:31:25

My sister is a teacher but she is related so can't do it!

JennyPenny22 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:32:39

OOHHH - an electrician would do wouldn't they? I THINK DHs friend is one.

Poledra Wed 22-Jul-09 13:33:14

It says where the the passport is for a small child, the countersigner is saying they have known the parent named on the form for more than 2 years, rather than the child.

mumof2222222222222222boys Wed 22-Jul-09 13:33:59

You don't need to know the children - just have known the parents for 2 years (it is explained on the form).

I am a solicitor and have signed loads of passports...used to be a naval officer and signed loads then too!

snala Wed 22-Jul-09 13:37:29

As your dcs under 2 the person needs to have known you or dh/dp for 2 years. Does your sister have a teaching friend that could do it? Do your children attend nursery ? The nursery manager could do it?

flier Wed 22-Jul-09 13:38:11

Someone in HR/Personnel could do it.

shouldweorshouldntwe Wed 22-Jul-09 13:42:11

Its all a bit ridiculous isnt it? - I mean the type of people who are alllowed to countersign. Nurses, civil servants, teachers etc - I mean why? Theyre nobody special. Anyone who knows you should be able to do it really. Rant over.

JennyPenny22 Wed 22-Jul-09 13:46:11

My sisters work friend dont know me though.

ilovemydogandmrobama Wed 22-Jul-09 13:51:12

a friend who is a trade union official did ours smile

flier Wed 22-Jul-09 13:51:45

what about your dh doing the forms and getting someone from his work to do it?

Bramshott Wed 22-Jul-09 14:20:33

It's all a bit like a hangover from another age isn't it! I suppose the idea is that they are vouching for you, and that they are someone who has something to lose if they are found to be lying.

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