Personal licence - Photograph requirements

Photograph Requirements

You must enclose two(2) photographs with your licence which satisfy the following criteria:

  • Taken against a light background so that the applicant's features are distinguishable and contrast against the background
  • 45 millimetres by 35 millimetres
  • Full face uncovered and without sunglasses and, unless the applicant wears a head covering due to his religious beliefs, without a head covering
  • On photographic paper


You will need to get one of your two photographs signed.

Your countersignatory should write the following on the back of one photo:

'I hereby certify that this is a true likeness of (FULL NAME OF PERSON IN PHOTOGRAPH)'

They must add their signature, the position they hold and the date under the statement.

Who can countersign your photographs?

The counter signatory must hold a professional qualification, they may not be a spouse or relative.

  • Accountant
  • Airline Pilot
  • Articled Clerk of a Limited Company Assurance Agent of Recognised Company Bank/Building Society Official
  • Barrister
  • Chairman/Director of Limited Company
  • Chiropodist
  • Christian Science Practitioner Commissioner of Oaths Councillor: Local or County Civil Servant (permanent) Dentist
  • Director, Manager or personnel officer of a VAT registered company
  • Engineer (with professional Qualifications) Fire Service Official
  • Funeral Director
  • Insurance agent (full time) of a recognised Company
  • Journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Legal Secretary (fellow or associate member of the Institute of legal secretaries and PA’s)
  • Licensee of a public house
  • Local Government Officer
  • Manager/Personnel Officer (of Limited Company)
  • Member, associate or fellow of a professional body
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant  Navy Officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion (including Christian Science)
  • Nurse {RGN or RMN)
  • Officer of the armed services
  • Optician
  • Paralegal (certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals)
  • Person with Honours (eg OBE MBE etc)
  • pharmacist
  • 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 Agent (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.



Last Updated on Friday, May 22, 2020