Using the Nationality Checking Service (NCS)

If you do not want to send off your passport or travel documents with your British citizenship application then you should consider using the Nationality Checking Service.

The Nationality Checking Service is service offered by many local councils in England and Wales. It allows those people applying for British citizenship to make their applications, in person, at their local council offices. The best feature of the service is that you will be able to keep your passport rather than sending them to the Home Office. In addition to this, your application will be checked that it is completed correctly and has been submitted with all the necessary supporting documents and the correct fee. They will photocopy and certify valuable documents such as passports and will send the applications to the Home Office by special delivery post.

The service is popular with many applicants, and is available for a small fee. The service is not available from all local authorities. If your local authority does not currently provide the service you can go to another authority in your area.

To make it easier for you to find your closest local authority that offers the service, we have separated the information into offices in England, Greater London, Scotland and Wales.

England - Excluding central and greater London
Greater London - The city of London and surrounding areas
Scotland - East Kilbride, Hamilton and Lanark
Wales - Cardiff and Pembrokeshire

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