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Nationality checking service

Gloucestershire Registration Service checks your original documents, verifies and copies them and forwards them securely to UK Visas and Immigration where your application will be considered. We are not able to give advice on immigration matters or criteria.

We can help make sure your application for British Citizenship isn't delayed because of wrong or missing information. We do this by:

  • checking your forms to make sure everything is filled in correctly (these should be completed prior to the appointment and on the correct and up-to-date form)
  • making sure your documents and fees are attached before the application is sent to UK Visas and Immigration
  • certifying and photocopying your documents, like passports and marriage certificates, so you don't have to send the originals

How much does it cost?

The cost per application is:

  • £75 per adult
  • £40 per child

You will need to pay in full when you book an appointment, and will not be refunded unless you cancel/rearrange at least 48 hours before the appointment date. Please note: you will need a credit or debit card to pay this fee when you book your appointment.

This fee does not include fees that UK Visas and Immigration will charge for processing your application.

How do I book an appointment?

Contact us on 01452 425060 (option 4) or email gloucesterncs@gloucestershire.gov.uk with your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Your appointment

Your appointment will last for approximately 1 hour per person.

The appointment will take place at

Gloucestershire Registration Office,
St George's Road,
Cheltenham, GL50 3EW.

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You will need to:

  • come in person if you are over 18. Children under 18 do not need to attend.
  • bring all the documents listed in the application form guidance notes (these guidance notes will be given to you when an appointment is made)
  • bring your completed British Nationality form with you which you can get in one of the following ways:

  1. download a copy from the British citizenship page
  2. contact UK Visas and Immigration direct on 0845 010 5200
  3. contact the Nationality Enquiries Team, Customer Services Directorate, PO BOX 36, Liverpool, L2 0QN.


Passport Check and Send Service

We are now able to offer customers who go through the Nationality Checking Service a supplementary service that allows them to apply for a British passport at the same time as making the citizenship application.

At present the citizenship application and the subsequent passport application are completely separate processes. An application for a British passport can only be made once the nationality application has been decided and a citizenship ceremony has been attended. This two stage application process does mean a time delay between obtaining British Citizenship and getting a passport.

Our new service, which has been developed in partnership with the Home Office, enables both applications to be submitted together. The passport application is held until the citizenship application has been decided and a ceremony attended. The passport is then released by HM Passport Office and is dispatched to the applicant's home address shortly after the ceremony thereby making the whole process more efficient and easier for the customer. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of this new service is an additional £15.

You will have to pay for the passport application when you come for your appointment. The fees are set out below:

Passport Application Fees:

Standard adult passport (32 pages) - £72.50
Jumbo adult passport (48 pages) - £85.50
Child passport - £46

Cheque: payable to Her Majesty's Passport Office
Credit or debit card: Complete mandate at the back of the purple guidance leaflet

How do I book an appointment?

Please contact us for an appointment on 01452 425060 (option 4) or email gloucesterncs@gloucestershire.gov.uk with your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as we can

Additional Information

You must bring all your nationality checking papers as set out in the Nationality Checking Service section above, as well as a completed passport application form.

Please be aware that:

The photographs that you submit for the nationality and passport application must be identical (i.e. from the same sitting), taken recently and and comply with photo standards as described in the accompanying 'Applying for a passport' guidance.

Section 1: For the passport, an applicant who is over the age of 15 years and 6 months at the time of the application must attend the appointment in person.  An adult is 16 or over (or if you are going to turn 16 in the next 3 weeks). It is still a minor form for nationality applications if under 18.

Section 2: Ensure the name is exactly the same as the name on the Citizenship Application Form and official document i.e. passport or birth certificate.  Please do not enter your mobile number in section two of the passport form, we request this is placed in section 8. 

Section 4: Grandparents' details are not required.

Section 5: Leave blank.

Section 6: If the child is aged 12 to 15 they MUST sign and date the section INSIDE the box and if the child is aged over 15 years and 6 months they are required to attend the appointment.

Section 8: Please put your mobile number here and any other additional information.

Section 9: Signature MUST be INSIDE the box.

Section 10: Leave blank.

Please note that if you do not bring the correct paperwork or the paperwork is not completed correctly and you need to return with further information or another appointment is needed to complete the process that further fees will apply.

Please note: we do not offer a settlement checking service.

Next step

For further information on settlement checking services offered in your area please visit the Settling in the UK page, or passport checking service see Passport Check & Send service.


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