Nationality checking service

The Nationality Checking Service (NCS) helps you check and send your citizenship application. We can also check applications for your first British passport at your appointment.

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

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

  • £10 to check a first passport application at the time of the Nationality Checking Service appointment. This service is only available to people at the time of applying for British Citizenship.

You pay at the time you book your appointment.

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

Cost of a citizenship application on GOV.UK
Apply for a passport 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.

Guidance for Passport Application form when attending Nationality Checking Service appointments

  • You should should complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (if relevant) and 9 of the passport application form. You don't need to complete section 10 nor have the 2 photographs certified. Details of referees will be collected as part of the citizenship application.
  • The photographs submitted with both applications must be identical and follow the photo standards given in the accompanying guidance. Your name should be written on the back of the photographs.
  • Section 1: If you're applying within six months of your sixteenth birthday at the time of application, you must be at the appointment.
  • Section 2: Don't enter a mobile phone number in section 2 of the application form. Enter it in Section 8 instead.
  • Section 4: Grandparents’ details aren't required.
  • You must complete the payment mandate on Page 25 of the Application guidance. Enter the security number of the card in the relevant box.
  • If you're unsure about any requirements, leave the section of the form blank and complete it at your appointment.