Citizenship ceremonies

 

Every adult applying for citizenship is required to attend a citizenship ceremony as the final step to becoming a British citizen. During the ceremony, participants are required to swear an oath or affirm allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom, after which they are awarded with a certificate of naturalisation.

If your application for British citizenship is successful, you will receive a letter from the Home Office inviting you to attend a citizenship ceremony.

We are once more able to hold citizenship ceremonies and have contacted all citizens whose certificates were with us at the start of the pandemic. If you have received an invitation letter from the Home Office over the past few months and we have not been in touch with you, please contact us to see if we now hold your certificate.

Telephone: 0300 300 8144
Email: life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

How to book a citizenship ceremony

Once you've got your letter from the Home Office, please contact us to book your ceremony:

Telephone: 0300 300 8144
Email: life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Please note: We're not able to book your citizenship ceremony without a Home Office letter. Find out how to apply for citizenship through the Home Office.

Citizenship ceremonies take place at the Central Bedfordshire Register Office in Ampthill, and you will need to bring a form of photo ID - ideally, this will be your passport, together with your invitation letter from the Home Office.

Applying for a passport

Once you have attended a ceremony and received your certificate of naturalisation, you will be able to apply for a British passport. Passport application forms are available from your local post office. You should keep your certificate of naturalisation in a safe place. Do not laminate your certificate: if you do this, it will no longer be valid.