Register as a British citizen

3. Born before 1983 to a British mother

You can register as a British citizen if you fulfil all of the criteria:

  • you would have automatically become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if women had been able to pass this citizenship on to their children in the same way as men at the time of your birth
  • you would have had the right of abode in the UK and have become a British citizen on 1 January 1983 if you had become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies
  • you’re of ‘good character’ - see the guidance for details

Apply using form UKM. Read the guidance before you apply.

Read about the different fees for citizenship applications.

Your children won’t automatically become British if born outside the UK.

You may be able to apply for naturalisation instead if you’re already resident in the UK.