What is being certified?

On signing one of your two photographs, the counter-signatory is declaring that the photograph is a true likeness of yourself.

A correctly signed photograph would include on the reverse:

  • “I hereby certify that this is a true likeness of (full name of the person in the photograph)”
  • A copy of your signature
  • Your printed name
  • The position of the person signing
  • The date
This picture details the reverse of a photograph to be used for countersigning. It measures 35 millimetres by 45 millimetres and the text of I hereby certify that this is a true likeness of (FULL NAME OF PERSON IN PHOTOGRAPH), Counter-signatory signature, PRINTED NAME, Position of signatory, date certified.

Who can countersign my photographs for application?

  • The counter-signatory must hold a professional qualification.
  • The counter-signatory may not be a spouse or relative.
  • Licensees may not certify photos.

Please note, that although the NLC is classed as a professional qualification, licensees are not acceptable counter-signatories.

  • Accountant
  • Articled Clerk of a Limited Company
  • Assurance Agent of Recognised Company
  • Bank/Building Society Official
  • Barrister
  • Broker
  • Chairman/Director of Limited Company
  • Chemist
  • Chiropodist
  • Christian Science Practitioner
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Councillor: Local or County
  • Civil Servant (permanent)
  • Dentist
  • Engineer (with professional Qualifications)
  • Fire Service Official
  • Funeral Director
  • Insurance agent (full time) of a recognised Company
  • Journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Legal Secretary (members and fellows of the Institute of legal secretaries)
  • Local Government Officer
  • Manager/Personnel Officer (of Limited Company)
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant Navy Officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion
  • Nurse (SRN and SEN)
  • Officer of the armed services (Active or Retired)
  • Optician
  • Person with Honours (e.g. OBE MBE etc)
  • 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 Agency (Qualified)
  • Valuers and auctioneers (fellow and associate members of the incorporated society)
  • Warrant officers and Chief Petty Officers

Or persons of similar standing to the above, working or retired, are acceptable as counter-signatories.