Nationality checking service

The Nationality Checking Service (NCS) helps you check and send your citizenship application.

There is an eight week waiting period for an appointment.

This is because of large numbers of applicants.

You may be able to find an earlier appointment at other Register Offices.

To use the NCS, you need to book an appointment and then visit The Bristol Register Office at The Old Council House, Corn Street, BS1 1JG. The entrance is on Broad Street. You can look at an access guide at DisabledGo

We are unable to offer the Nationality Document Return Service associated with online Citizenship applications. We can only deal with personal applications.

You don’t have to use the NCS to apply for citizenship. Find out ways to apply for citizenship on the GOV.UK website.

Book an appointment

To book an appointment, fill in the nationality checking service contact form.

Due to a high volume of calls at the moment we'll  will get back to you within 10 working days to arrange your appointment.

Appointment times

Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 3pm and Wednesday 10am to 3pm.

Before the appointment

Before you come to the NCS you must complete Form AN: Application for Naturalisation as a British Citizen and bring it with you.

You must sign the declaration at the back of Form AN to show you understand it.

You must also check that you meet nationality requirements before your visit.

We can’t give you any nationality advice. If you need nationality advice you should contact the Home Office on 0300 123 2253.

At your NCS visit you’ll be asked to sign our Client Care Records. This is to show that you agree with what has been said in your visit.

Cost of the checking service

  • £65 for an adult application

  • £30 for a child application

You pay at the time you book your appointment.

You also need to pay the cost of a citizenship application.

Cost of a citizenship application on GOV.UK

Advice about nationality

We can’t give advice on nationality matters.

If you need advice, you can phone the Home Office on 0300 123 2253. Lines are open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The GOV.UK website also offers some nationality advice.