Citizenship ceremonies

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Register Office: The office is open for pre-booked appointments only. For all other enquiries please call 01733 864646.

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies:

If you have a ceremony booked you will have been contacted regarding the number of attendees you may be allowed under the Government’s plan for emerging from the current lockdown and roadmap to ease restrictions.

The planned changes are:

​Step 1 (2nd stage): From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees

Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees (see note ** below)

Step 3: No earlier than 17 May - Legal limit of 30 attendees (see note ** below)

Step 4: No earlier than 21 June - No legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme - from April the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.)

The plan is subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step.

The legal limit of attendees number includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but

those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

The number of attendees quoted above are the 'legal limits', but Covid 19 safety

measures means that the numbers may be less at certain venues.

Please note: Even after 12 April 2021, the Lawns room at the Register Office will remain restricted to 8 people (the couple, witnesses and guests) until further notice.

Ceremonies are subject to certain restrictions. These restrictions have been put in place in order to ensure social distancing at ceremonies and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission for those attending. They may affect what can be offered as part of the ceremony.

Please read the following carefully:

We are only able to take new ceremony bookings for dates that are at least 6 months ahead of your enquiry. If you would like to make a new booking please contact us. Alternatively, if you have an existing booking and want to change the date, please get in touch with us.

Birth registrations: You can continue to register the birth of your baby. There may be a longer wait than usual for an appointment and we thank you for your patience.

For more information, please go to the Register a birth page.

Death registrations: These take place over the telephone. You must not come to the Register Office. Please ensure the contact number you give us when making your appointment is correct as this is the number the registrar will phone you on to complete the registration. During the call, the registrar will explain the process for the paperwork.

For more information, please go to the Register a death page.

Notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments: If you have an appointment booked with us then please still attend as these appointments are continuing. We are contacting, in ceremony date order, those couples who need to give their notice of intention.

Citizenship Ceremonies: Small group citizenship ceremonies are being held. To book a place, please contact us on 01733 864646. Guidance on the restrictions applying to citizenship ceremonies can be read online - please read this carefully.

Certificates: Orders can only be taken for certificates from recently registered births and deaths. The priority service is suspended.

EUSS service: This service is not currently being offered.

Updated: 01 April 2021

Introduction

Anyone who has been granted British citizenship and is aged 18 years or over must attend a ceremony in order to finally become British and to receive their naturalisation certificate.

New citizens aged under 18 years do not need to attend a ceremony – their certificate can be collected by a family member. However, they are welcome to come if they would like to.

When the Home Office approves your citizenship they will send your certificate to us, and will invite you to contact us to book your place on a ceremony. This can be a group ceremony or a private ceremony.

Please note: the Home Office allow a limited period of time between approving your citizenship and when you must attend a ceremony – we would advise that you contact us as soon as you hear from them.

To book your ceremony, or if you have any questions, please call us on 01733 864646.

Group citizenship ceremonies

These are usually held at Peterborough Town Hall every 3 to 4 weeks, on a Tuesday afternoon. We can let you know the available dates when you contact us. The Mayor or Deputy Mayor will be in attendance, and there will be a reception afterwards with tea and cake. There is no additional fee for this ceremony.

Private citizenship ceremonies

These are usually held at Peterborough Register Office, by arrangement. Unfortunately it is not possible for dignitaries to come to these ceremonies, or to have a reception afterwards - however, we still hope to make it a memorable occasion. The fee for a private ceremony until March 2022 is £200 for a weekday, or £260 for a Saturday. A single fee will cover multiple members of the same immediate family. We can discuss available dates when we speak to you.

Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, group citizenship ceremonies are currently being held for small numbers of citizens at Peterborough Register Office, and not at the Town Hall. If you are eligible to come to a ceremony, please contact us on 01733 864646 to make a booking. Before coming to the ceremony, please make sure that you read our guidance on the restrictions that will be in place, and what do to when you arrive at the Register Office.