Apply online to become a counter signatory

You can't apply to become a counter signatory unless an AccessNI-registered organisation asks you. The organisation's lead signatory needs to give you their personal identification number (PIN). You must create an nidirect account that you'll only use as a counter signatory.

Before you start

You can only apply online to become a counter signatory. You must create and use a unique nidirect account. You shouldn't use an existing nidirect account.  When you activate your nidirect account, you can apply. You'll need:

  • the PIN the lead signatory gave you
  • your home addresses for the last five years
  • your National Insurance number
  • your driving licence and passport numbers (if you have these documents)

AccessNI is responsible for processing and approving all counter signatory applications.

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To find out how personal information you send to AccessNI is handled when using this service, go to:  


Create an nidirect account and apply online to become a counter signatory

Additional information

To read more about what signatories do and how to manage applications for checks, go to:

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