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Cannot certify British Passport at Consulate

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    Cannot certify British Passport at Consulate

    How the mighty has fallen! Needed to certify a copy of passport for UK bank. The consular in Admiralty is so rundown, unhelpful, and doesn't provide much assistance to nationals in HK. All appointments have to be made prior online. Do not accept walk ins. They do not certify or authenticate....just stating it is "an original copy presented to them". Whats the point if a consular cannot guarantee your passport??? They will not use the words "true copy"


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    I think there is a slight difference, but it is immaterial - your bank should accept it.

    Technically saying its a "true copy" of your passport means they've verified your passport is authentic? As opposed to "original copy" which means its a copy of whatever was presented to them?

    I've been through this with another country document (forget what it was) and simply did not make a difference in the end.


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    Well both parties are being an arse! Bank will only accept the words "true copy"... consular will not include the word "true" and they will not certify passport for any banking issues. They still charge you $270.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1jimjim:
    Well both parties are being an arse! Bank will only accept the words "true copy"... consular will not include the word "true" and they will not certify passport for any banking issues. They still charge you $270.
    did it have to be certified by the Consular, reading past threads you could get it CERTIFIED TRUE COPY for around HK$300 from some law offices if I remember correctly.

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    Seems like what chuckster007 says, is valid for bank documents:

    ho can certify a document
    Your document must be certified by a professional person or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’). You could ask the following if they offer this service:

    bank or building society official
    councillor
    minister of religion
    dentist
    chartered accountant
    solicitor or notary
    teacher or lecturer
    The person you ask should not be:

    related to you
    living at the same address
    in a relationship with you
    Or has your bank very specifically asked for the copy to be certified by the consulate?

    https://www.gov.uk/certifying-a-document

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    LOL @ using a dentist to certify your passport

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:
    LOL @ using a dentist to certify your passport
    They've probed your cavities.. should know you well enough I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:
    LOL @ using a dentist to certify your passport
    Sounds like you are an anti-dentite