Citizenship, nationality and proof of life

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – citizenship ceremonies

Group and private citizenship ceremonies can take place. You must not come to the Register Office if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). All visitors must follow safety requests from staff.


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



  • 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.