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Dorset County Council is responsible for providing Citizenship ceremonies which are the final stage in becoming a British Citizen

All adults wishing to become British citizens must attend a citizenship ceremony. You will be officially welcomed as a British citizen in front of your family and friends.

The Home Office will write to you confirming your application has been successful. You should then receive a letter from us inviting you to attend a group ceremony in The Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester. The ceremony will usually take place within a couple of months.

If you prefer, you can arrange for a personal ceremony which can be held elsewhere in the county. Please contact us for more details.

What happens at the ceremony?

Before the ceremony starts you are invited to attend a reception serving refreshments. This is an opportunity to meet with members of staff and local dignitaries.

The ceremony will be led by a celebrant from Dorset Registration Service and a speech will be given by a local dignitary. At the ceremony you will be asked to swear or affirm your allegiance to the Queen and pledge your loyalty to the United Kingdom. You will then be invited to sign the Citizenship Register and will be presented with your Certificate of Naturalisation.

The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes. There will be an opportunity for photographs to be taken at the end.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the group ceremony is included in your application fee.

Personal ceremony fees:

Day of week2016-20172017-2018
Monday to Friday£120£120


You may bring up to 4 guests with you to the ceremony. Invitations will be sent out when we confirm your ceremony.

What do I need to bring?

  • the Home Office approval letter
  • Dorset County Council invitation letter
  • photo ID

For more information about your citizenship ceremony please contact Dorset Registration Service.

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