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Citizenship ceremonies

At present, due to the current pandemic, we are unable to conduct group ceremonies. We will update the website as soon as we have any further information. If your Citizenship ceremony was cancelled by us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will contact you shortly regarding your ceremony.


Anyone aged 18 years or over who is accepted for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen must make a citizenship oath and pledge at a citizenship ceremony. It is an opportunity for us to welcome new citizens to the borough and encourage them to play an active part in the community.

During the ceremony the Superintendent Registrar will give a short welcoming speech and present a citizenship certificate to each new British citizen. Photographs taken by our professional photographer will be available to purchase. Refreshments are served after each ceremony.

Book an appointment

When you receive your invitation letter from the Home Office, please allow 48 hours before calling us to book your citizenship ceremony. Each new citizen will need to tell us whether they wish to swear or affirm the oath of allegiance. You must attend a ceremony within 90 days of the approval being given, otherwise you may have to make a new application.

We normally hold two ceremonies every other Monday morning at the Register Office, Woodlands House, Rainham Road North Dagenham RM10 7ER. We also conduct private individual ceremonies here during normal working hours.

There is a charge of £110 per adult for private ceremonies although it is free if you are under 18 years of age. 

To book your citizenship ceremony date with us, call 020 8270 4744.
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Citizenship test preparation

Go Citizen is a free online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office (which publishes the handbook) plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

You can take the tests as many times as you like, and track your progress. You will need a Barking and Dagenham library card and an email address to use GoCitizen.