Who needs a guarantor?
If you are using the Australian Passport Renewal Application form (PC7), a guarantor is not required.
If you are using the Application for an Australian Passport Overseas form (PC8) you must provide a guarantor. Your guarantor must complete Section 11 of the application form. He/she must also endorse the back of one photo by writing "This is a true photo of [your full name]" and signing underneath. A guarantor is not optional.
General guarantor criteria
You should ensure that your guarantor:
- is not related to you by birth or marriage
- is not in a de facto relationship with you
- does not live at the same address as you
- is 18 years of age or older
- has known you for at least 12 months
- is willing and available to discuss your application with us during normal business hours
- meets the guarantor qualifications below.
There are two types of guarantors you can choose from:
1. A current Australian passport holder
2. A non-Australian who is currently employed in one of these occupation groups:
- Chartered/Certified Accountants
- Chartered Professional Engineers
- Judges, Barristers and Solicitors
- Registered Medical Practitioners (Doctors and GPs only), Dentists, Pharmacists
- Registered Nurses, Chiropractors, Optometrists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists
- Registered Veterinary Surgeons
- Members of Parliament, elected City, County and District Councillors
- Police Officers with at least 5 years continuous service
- Members currently serving in the regular Australian or British Defence Force with at least 5 years continuous service
- Ministers of Religion and Marriage Celebrants
- Teachers - full-time, who have been teaching for more than 5 years
- Civil Servants/Local Government employees - full-time, who have been employed continuously for at least 5 years by their current employer
- Bank Branch Managers - manager of a High Street bank, but not managers of investment or business branches, building societies, bank travel centres, loan centres or line mangers within a bank
What if I can't find a guarantor in the UK?
Some applicants find it difficult to obtain a guarantor in the United Kingdom. Usually this is because they have recently relocated to the United Kingdom and do not know anyone here who has known them for longer than 12 months.
If you are unable to obtain a guarantor in the United Kingdom, you should obtain a guarantor from a country where you previously lived - eg. Australia. You will need to send them Section 11 of the PC8 form, together with one of your passport photos, for them to sign. Once they have signed the documents, they must send the originals back to you so that you can submit them when you lodge your application. We cannot accept faxes or emails from your guarantor. They must send the originals back to you for lodgment.