Impressive Character Reference Letter for a Friend Samples

Below are sample character reference letters. It should be written in formal business letter format and address to the proper person. It is the writers responsibility to find out to whom the letter should be addressed.

The letter should be professionally written with correct grammar and spelling. If it is sloppy, it will not be taken seriously. It is recommended to have a knowledgeable person check the letter for mistakes.

Sample 1 – Character Reference Letter For Court DUI

Official Letterhead If Possible

Linda Wolf
2345 Wendy Road
Laurel, VA, 22222

February 5, 2019

Presiding Judge or Magistrate’s Name given by the defendant’s lawyer

RE: Character Reference for Jenny Brown

Your Honor,

The aim of this letter is to present the good character of Jenny Brown. We are friends and have worked together for the past 10 years as nurses in the ABC Hospital. I can confirm that she is careful, considerate, efficient and dedicated to the well-being of others. She has received several honors for her dedication to her work including Nurse of the Year for three consecutive years.

She is well-regarded among all the staff at the hospital as a person of high integrity and honesty. We have been together in several emergency situations, and she has always conducted herself with common sense and compassion. 

I am aware that she has pleaded guilty to DUI. However, I wish to express that she is not a habitual drinker, and this unfortunate situation was most probably one-of-a-kind. She has expressed to me many times that she is extremely sensitive to her transgression and is sorry for it.

I hope this letter will give you an idea of her good character and help her get a second chance to prove this was an unusual occurrence.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


Signature Linda Wolf 555-0089

Sample 2 – Adoption Reference Letter For Friend

February 6, 2019

To Whom It May Concern,

An adoption is a serious and person commitment that will extend for the rest of a child’s life. As a friend and co-worker of Jayme Reynolds, I can think of no better person to be a mom.

Jayme has always been very nurturing, even as a child. Her dollies were the best dressed and cutest on the block. I always knew that one day she would make the greatest mother and having the chance to fulfill her dreams with make both her and her husband whole.

Nurturing comes very naturally to Jayme, as she cares and respects all life. While she tends to be more of a coddler, her husband Jeff is the perfect balance to her. He tends to have a firm handle on discipline and to know how to handle even the most difficult child.

He has been over the bus ministry at our local church for the past 10 years. He has controlled children from all walks of life and though he has a stern exterior, I have often seen him throw his arms around them and hug them too. Together I think they would make the perfect parents for any child.

To conclude, if you are considering them for adoption, you should have no worries. They are upstanding citizens both in our community and in our inner circle. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call me at 555-980-4567. I can also be reached by email at


Signature Karen Light

Sample 3 – Character Reference Letter For A Friend For A Job

February 8, 2019

To Whom It May Concern, 

I have known Jane Smith for 25 years. She has been my best friend since we met in fifth grade. I have seen her in a variety of capacities over the years. 

She currently teaches piano to my niece, and is my partner in a handmade soap business we started six years ago. She has a knack for connecting with people of all ages with ease. She has excellent communication skills and can inspire and motivate people of any age. 

She is also extremely organized. When I moved, her help with labeling boxes, and later organizing my new closets and storage spaces, was invaluable. She never misses deadlines, never forgets an assignment, and always knows exactly where to find anything she needs. 

I highly recommend Jane for any job she seeks out, as she will give it everything she has and more. She would be a wonderful asset to any organization. 


Susie Brown

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