List of Route 1 referees

Route 1 referees are professionals, who can countersign a copy of your ID as being true to the original. 

If the referee knows you personally the countersigned ID can be one of the following:

  • birth certificate
  • certified copy of a birth certificate
  • NHS Medical Card
  • CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Check document
  • European Health Insurance Card.

The following photographic ID can be used whether the referee knows you or not:

  • passport 
  • photo driving licence
  • EU National ID Card
  • Home Office approved photo ID
  • PASS card (bearing the PASS hologram)

Any person in the permitted list below over 25 and in full time employment can act as a Route 1 referee provided we can contact them on a non-mobile phone at their place of work during office hours at a registered business address.

Referees must not be related to the applicant by birth or marriage neither should they be in a personal relationship together nor live at the same address.  They must also not be self employed or work from home/residential address.

Permitted list of referees for the Route 1 process:

  • Accountant
  • Airline Pilot
  • 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)
  • Chairman / Director of a Limited Company
  • Chemist
  • Chiropodist
  • Commissioner of Oaths / Notary
  • Councilor (County / Local)
  • Civil Servant (permanent)
  • Dentist
  • Designated Premises Supervisors
  • Director / Manager of a VAT registered Charity
  • Director / Manager / Personnel Officer of a VAT registered Company
  • Doctor
  • Engineer (qualified to a Degree in Engineering)
  • Financial services intermediary (e.g. stockbroker or insurance broker)
  • Fire service official
  • Funeral director
  • Immigration adviser
  • 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 (do not use during academic holidays as they must be contactable at their place of work)
  • Trade Union senior official
  • Travel Agent (qualified)
  • Valuer / Auctioneer
  • Vet

Apply for a Route 1 CitizenCard application


Important Points For Applicants

  • If you need your card right away, make an Urgent application and post it by Special Delivery.
  • Check whether your referee is acceptable as Route 1 or a Route 2 professional person.
  • Check whether your referee countersigned your form, photos and (if applicable) a copy of your ID.
  • Make sure that your referee can be contacted by phone during office hours at their place of work.


The PASS hologram on each CitizenCard is endorsed by the Home Office, Police, SIA and retailers.

Proof of Age Standards SchemeNational Police Chiefs' Council
Chartered Trading Standards InstituteSecurity Industry Authority

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