Nationality checking service

Nationality checking service provided by local authorities to check UK applications for British citizenship and British passports.

The Nationality Checking Service will no longer be available from 31 December 2018.

You can use this service to request a local authority to accept and send your British citizenship application to the Home Office. You will not be able to use this service if you apply for a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode.

They will make sure that your application is correctly completed. They will not be able to give you citizenship advice.

Make an appointment

You must contact a local authority to book an appointment to use this service. They will be able to tell you what the appointment times are.

You can check where your nearest local authority is that provides this service and how to contact them below.


The local authority will tell you the fee you must pay to use this service.

What you need to bring with you

You will need to bring your:

  • original passport
  • original documents
  • a printed copy of your application form

Additional information

Local authorities must be registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to provide this service.

Using this service does not guarantee the success of your application.

The Home Office may contact you for more information after you submit your application.

Nationality checking service: local authorities list

  1. Nationality checking service: England
  2. Nationality checking service: Greater London
  3. Nationality checking service: Wales
  4. Nationality checking service: Scotland
Published 19 February 2014
Last updated 13 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. The Nationality Checking Service will no longer be available from 31 December 2018.
  2. Updated information.
  3. New passport service details.
  4. Updated guidance.
  5. First published.