[Samples] 5 Free Reference Letters for a Friend

Character references are more personal than professional in nature, and they will attest to the candidate’s positive qualities, morals, and ideals. 

The writer should include concrete instances of experiences they shared with the requester, as well as any relevant background information for the position the candidate is looking for. 

general recommendation

If the letter’s sole goal is to provide a general recommendation, it should state that the individual in issue is of good reputation. 

A character reference is frequently, but not always, required for someone seeking for their first job or for someone with a spotty employment history. 

Use our character reference letter examples as a starting point for your own impressive reference letter.

Sample 1 – character Reference Letter For A Friend

Official Letterhead If Possible

Linda Wolf
2345 Wendy Road
Laurel, VA, 22222

August 5, 2021

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.


Linda Wolf

Sample 2 – character Reference Letter For Friend

August 5, 2021

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 lightone78@gmail.com


Karen Light

Sample 3 – character Reference Letter For A Friend

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code


Department of Immigration
City, State, Zip Code

Re: Character reference letter for immigration of [NAME OF FRIEND]

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is [NAME] and I work as an elementary school teacher at [NAME OF SCHOOL] in [CITY, STATE]. This letter is a character reference for [NAME OF FRIEND] to immigrate to the United States.

I have known [NAME OF FRIEND] for more than three years when I was an exchange teacher in India. 

We taught at the same school and worked side by side as teachers, on special projects for the school such as festival days and saw each other socially as I was invited to her home several times.

Her husband works for [NAME OF TECH COMPANY] in the U.S. and has been with the company for six years. 

She would like to immigrate to the U.S. to be with her husband. They have been married for three months and have no children.

I witnessed [NAME OF FRIEND’S] kindness, motivation and dedication to her students when we worked together at [NAME OF SCHOOL] in India. 

She is a biology teacher for nine to 12-year olds. She gives her own free time to coach the students who have difficulty in the subject.

She is a gentle person in all areas of her life and maintains friendly relations with her siblings who constantly fight with each other. Over the years, we became good friends.

She is able to attain a visitor’s visa but naturally would like to join her new husband permanently. 

She is a reliable, hardworking person who would be an asset to our country if she were given a chance to become a citizen.

I have no hesitation in recommending that [NAME OF FRIEND] be granted immigration status in the U.S. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider my friend and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. My phone number is [PHONE NUMBER] and my email address is [EMAIL ADDRESS].

Yours Sincerely,

Your signature (black or blue ink)
Your name printed

Sample 4 – character Reference Letter For A Friend

[Rebecca Bridges]
[123 Curtis Street]
[Berkeley, CA 10006]

[August 5, 2021]

[USCIS California Service Center]
[1345 Central Boulevard]
[Oakland, CA 12345]

RE: Reference letter for [Alex & Jennifer Lopez]

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is [Rebecca Bridges], and I was born on [04/12/79] in [Berkeley, California]. I have known the married couple since [05/01/2014] when they moved into our neighborhood.

Since that time our families socialize frequently. My husband and I have spent time at their home, and they often come to ours for dinner, barbecues, and movie nights.

It is my opinion that [Alex & Jennifer Lopez] are in love and committed to each other. I believe they have made a lifetime commitment to each other and are happy. 

I appreciate the opportunity to provide this information. Should you have any questions or need more information, my contact number is [(134) 555-8877].


[Rebecca Bridges]

Sample 5 – character Reference Letter For A Friend

August 5, 2021

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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