The definition of countersigning a document is to provide your signature to a paper that has previously been signed by someone who isn't you. The countersignature can only be provided by a certain person, in the instance of a UK passport application, and is needed to prove that the application is an authentic one.
The countersignature is required under Section 10 of the passport application form as well as on the back of one of the photos.
The countersignature is a necessary requirement in the following scenarios:
The person who signs the application form and the passport photo must:
For applications for a child passport the counter signatory must also:
It is not allowed for the counter signatory to be:
On completing the application form, the person who has provided the countersignature needs to check that all details on the form are correct before signing Section 10 with their own handwriting.
The person providing the countersignature needs to provide all of their contact details including their full address. This address can be from either a business or home, provided that person is reachable there.
In Section 10 any mistakes made need to be accompanied by the initials.
By completing and providing a signature in Section 10 these actions confirm that:
The counter signatory must know the person with parental responsibility when they provide a signature for a child's application, and not just the child. However, they will also be required to confirm the child's photo.
The person providing the countersignature is required to write the following statement on the back of one of the passport photographs provided:
I certify that this is a true likeness of the applicant [title and full name of the applicant].
They must then add the date below this statement and their signature.