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: While we are aware that the Government has lifted many of the restrictions; we are all still being urged to continue with many of the precautions to keep ourselves and those we care about safe and to reduce transmission of the virus. This is particularly important with rates of the virus higher than we would like in parts of Peterborough.

To ensure that we can continue to provide the services that our residents rely upon, the council has decided not to change the restrictions currently in place for the registration office.

We know this may cause some disappointment, but the council has made this decision to ensure as far as possible that services can continue for all. If our registration staff were to become infected with COVID-19 or needed to self-isolate, we would be left with no choice but to cancel appointments and ceremonies for hundreds of people every week. This in-turn would have a greater impact than limiting numbers permitted to attend a ceremony so that social distancing can be maintained.

The decision will be reviewed by the council at the end of December 2021.

The Lawns Room will remain restricted to 8 people - including the couple, witnesses, guests, and photographer.

We politely request that everyone attending an appointment or ceremony at the Register Office continues to wear a face covering, unless exempt.

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.

Timescales for requesting a notice of marriage/civil partnership appointment: Until further notice, we are asking couples to follow the timescales specified below when requesting appointments to give Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership with Peterborough Register Office:

Notice appointment timescales

Date of marriage/civil partnership

Earliest date to request a notice appointment

December 2021

Email the Register Office immediately

January 2022

Can request appointments now

February 2022

Can request appointments now

March 2022

December 2021

April 2022

January 2022

May 2022

February 2022

June 2022

March 2022

July 2022

April 2022

August 2022

May 2022

September 2022

June 2022

October 2022

July 2022

November 2022

August 2022

December 2022

September 2022

When booking a notice appointment, the couple will be advised of the required documentary evidence that they will need to bring along.

Citizenship Ceremonies: we are now holding virtual citizenship ceremonies. To book a place, please contact us on 01733 864646. Details of how to join your virtual ceremony will be sent to you after you have made your booking.

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

Updated: 10 November 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 we are now holding virtual citizenship ceremonies. If you have received your invitation letter from the Home Office, please contact us on 01733 864646 to book a place. Details of how to join your virtual ceremony will be sent to you after you have made your booking.