Citizenship, nationality and proof of life


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 His Majesty The King 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 £165 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 services

: 01375 375 245