Citizenship and nationality


When British citizenship is granted to people applying to register or naturalise, successful applicants are expected to attend citizenship ceremonies held in their local communities.

At the citizenship ceremony, new citizens make an oath or affirmation to Her Majesty the Queen and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom. After this the citizen receives a certificate.

Applicants should begin their application through GOV.UK: become a British citizen. The Home Office will inform all successful applicants by post.

Citizens will then be invited to attend a locally convened citizenship ceremony.

Individual and private ceremonies can be arranged at the register office or approved premises.

Private citizenship ceremony fees

A £145 non-refundable fee is payable when booking a ceremony at the register office or any approved premise.

Contact us for more information:

Thurrock Register Office
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

: 01375 375 245 – except birth or death registration


Registering births or deaths:

  • phone 01375 372 822

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – all services
  • Saturday morning – ceremonies only