Citizenship and nationality

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thurrock Register Office

Thurrock Register Office is closed until further notice.

Registering a death – we are taking appointments by phone to register a death. Deaths must be registered within 5 days from the date of death.

You will need to contact the GP's surgery to confirm that the 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' will be scanned and sent by email to register.office@thurrock.gov.uk before your appointment. If the death has been referred to the coroner, you need to make sure their documents have been emailed to us before booking your appointment. To book your appointment, phone 01375 372 822.

On the date and time of your appointment, we will phone you to take information for completing the registration. We will also arrange to send you a death certificate, if you wish to order one. Paperwork for the funeral will be sent direct to your undertaker.

Birth registration, marriage or civil partnership notice or ceremony, citizenship ceremony and other requests – no other Register Office appointments can be made until further notice. During this period, you can claim child benefit or Universal Credit before your baby's birth has been registered. If you wish to cancel or postpone a ceremony, please email register.office@thurrock.gov.uk.

Citizenship

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 £160 non-refundable fee is payable when booking a ceremony at the register office or any approved premise.

You should give at least 24-hours written notice if you need to cancel or change your appointment. A £35 admin fee is payable if the date of your appointment is changed.

We will charge the full fee for:

  • failure to attend
  • cancelling or changing your appointment date with less than 24-hours notice

Contact us for more information:

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

: register.office@thurrock.gov.uk

Phone:

  • 01375 372 822 – birth or death registration
  • 01375 375 245 – marriages or civil partnerships

Opening hours:

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

Our emergency out-of-hours contact service can be used for:

  • emergency death registrations for timely burials in line with religious or cultural practices
  • emergency marriages or civil partnerships for terminally ill residents.