List of referees validating original document(s)

Referees validating original document(s) (also called Route 1) are professionals, who need to see and check an original document confirming your identity.

For an online application your chosen referee needs to see an original document confirming your identity and complete a Digital Referee Declaration Form.

For a paper or printed application your chosen referee needs to countersign your passport quality photograph, your application and a copy of an official document confirming your identity as being true to the original.

If the referee knows you personally the document confirming your identity can be one of the following:

  • Biometric Home Office photo ID
  • Birth certificate
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate
  • Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (DBS)
  • EU National ID Card
  • European Health Insurance Card
  • Gender Recognition Certificate
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Passport (UK or international)
  • Photo driving licence (UK or European)
  • Proof of Age Standards Scheme card
  • Scottish marriage certificate (must state applicant's date of birth)
  • UK Naturalisation Certificate.

If your referee doesn't know you the following photographic ID documents can be used:

  • Biometric Home Office photo ID
  • EU National ID Card
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • Passport (UK or international)
  • Photo driving licence (UK or European)
  • Proof of Age Standards Scheme card.

If you are applying using a paper or printed application you must show an original document confirming your identity to your referee, ask them to countersign a photocopy of it and post it to us together with your CitizenCard application. Please do not send original documents.

If you changed your name since birth and the document shows your old name, please show the original change of name document(s) - marriage certificate(s), change of name deed(s), Court Order(s) or Gender Recognition Certificate to your referee. Note that for a paper or printed application your referee needs to countersign the photocopies of your change of name document(s) and you need to post them to us together with the other documentation.

Any person in the permitted list below and in full time employment can act as a referee validating original document(s) provided we can contact them via email and on their landline number at their place of work during office hours at a registered business address.

Referees must not have a family or personal relationship with you (including that of guardian or foster carer) nor live with you. They must also not be self employed or work from home/residential address.

Permitted list of referees for process supported by document(s):

  • Accountant
  • Airline Pilot
  • Articled Clerk of a Limited Company
  • Assurance agent (of recognised Company)
  • Bank / Building Society Official
  • Barrister
  • British Computer Society (BCS) - Professional grades which are Associate (AMBCS), Member (MBCS), Fellow (FBCS) (PN 25/2003)
  • Chairman / Director of a Limited Company
  • Chemist
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Chiropodist
  • Commissioner of Oaths / Notary
  • Councilor (County / Local)
  • Civil Servant (permanent)
  • Dentist
  • Designated Premises Supervisor
  • Director / Manager of a VAT registered Charity
  • Director / Manager / Personnel Officer of a VAT registered Company
  • Doctor
  • Engineer (qualified to a Degree in Engineering)
  • Estate Agent
  • Financial Services Intermediary (e.g. stockbroker or insurance broker)
  • Fire Service Official
  • Funeral Director
  • Immigration Adviser (regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner)
  • Insurance Agent of a recognised Company (permanent)
  • Journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Legal Secretary (members and fellows of the Institute of legal secretaries)
  • Local Government Officer
  • Manager / Personnel Officer (of a Limited Company)
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant Navy Officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion
  • Nurse / Midwife (RGN and RMN)
  • Officer of the armed services
  • Optician
  • Person with honours (e.g. OBE MBE etc.)
  • Personal License Holder (of recognised Company)
  • Police Officer
  • Post Office Official
  • Pharmacist
  • President / Secretary of a recognised Company
  • Prison / Probation Officer
  • Salvation Army Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Solicitor
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher / Lecturer
    (please ensure they are available during academic holidays as they must be contactable at their place of work)
  • Trade Union Senior Official
  • Travel Agent (qualified)
  • Valuer / Auctioneer
  • Vet
  • Warrant Officer.

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Important Points For Applicants

  • If you need your card right away, make an Urgent application.
  • Make sure you follow our photo requirements when you upload your photo.
  • Check whether your referee is acceptable as a professional person validating original document(s) or confirming your details from official records.
  • Check whether your referee completed the Digital Referee Declaration Form to submit their work details to us.
  • Make sure that your referee can be contacted by phone and email during office hours at their place of work.

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