Acceptable References—suggested list call if you are unsure 01434 634996

We follow the Identity & Passport Services list of acceptable countersignatures ie referees. Referees must be must be employed and contactable at their place of work and cannot be self employed. Business owners must be from a VAT registered company or a directors of a Ltd company.

The person providing the countersignature must not be related to the applicant by birth or marriage neither should they be in a personal relationship together (this includes a same sex relationship) nor live at the same address.

  • Accountant
  • Airline Pilots
  • Articled clerk of a limited company
  • Bank/building society official
  • Barrister
  • British Computer Society (BCS) - Professional grades which are Associate (AMBCS), Member (MBCS), Fellow (FBCS) (PN 25/2003)
  • Broker
  • Chairman/director of limited company
  • Chemist
  • Chiropodist
  • Christian Science practitioner
  • Commissioner of oaths
  • Councillor: local or county
  • Civil servant (permanent)
  • Dentist
  • Designated Premises Supervisors
  • Director/Manager of a VAT registered Charity
  • Doctor
  • Engineer (with professional qualifications eg a degree or MICE)
  • 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)
  • Manager/Personnel Officer of a VAT registered Company
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant Navy officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion and Salvation Army Officer
  • Nurse (RGN and RMN)
  • Officer of the armed services
  • Optician
  • Personal License Holder
  • Pharmacist
  • Photographer (professional)
  • Police officer
  • Post Office Manager or Manageress eg Postmaster
  • President/Secretary of a recognised organisation
  • Probation Officer / Prison Officer
  • Social worker
  • Solicitor
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher, lecturer
  • Trade union officer
  • Travel agent (qualified)
  • Valuers and auctioneers (fellow and associate members of the incorporated society)
  • Veterinary Surgeon

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Our office will close on:-

Friday 21st December, 2018 at 4pm

We re-open on Thursday 3rd January, 2019 at 9.30am


If you want a card in time for either Christmas or New Year’s Eve your completed application form must be with us no later than:-

To receive your card on our 10 working day service we must receive your completed application form by FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER, 2018

To receive your card on our 5 working day service we must receive your completed application form by FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER, 2018

To receive your card on our overnight tracked service we must receive your completed application form by THURSDAY 20th DECEMBER, 2018

In ALL cases please make sure that your referee is available to take our call as cards are not despatched until the reference is completed

PLEASE remember that the post slows down at Christmas and the guide given above is a minimum. There is information on the web site in “More info” regarding posting your application to us. We are not responsible for non delivery of your application form to our offices.