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Nationality Checking Service

Fife Council's Nationality Checking Service offers help with your citizenship application.  We ensure that all your documents are completed correctly before sending to the Home Office via special delivery.

Our Customer Service Advisors are trained and registered to certify your passport and other valuable documents.

Using the Nationality Checking Service is optional.  You can apply directly to the Home Office or use a solicitor or other agent.  You can find out more about applying for British Citizenship by visiting the Home Office government website:  GOV.UK British Citizenship.

How do I use the Nationality Checking Service at Fife Council?

The Nationality Checking Service operates on an appointment only basis.  You must make your application in person. This does not include children under 18. To book an appointment, please complete the online booking form which is available on this page.  Please note that you must submit a separate form for each applicant.

Joint Citizenship and Passport Application Service


You are now able to apply for your UK passport at the same time as your citizenship application.

This easy, efficient service has been developed in partnership with the Home Office.  If your citizenship application is successful and a ceremony is attended, your new passport will be dispatched to your home. 

  • Complete sections 1,2,3,4,6 (if applicable) and 9 of the passport application form.  You don’t need to complete section 10 or have your photographs certified as details of referees will be collected as part of your citizenship application
  • The photographs you submit with both applications must be identical (i.e. from the same sitting) and comply with the photo standards in the application guidance.  You don’t need to get these photos certified as details of referees will be collected as part of your citizen application
  • Section 1 – if you are within 6 months of your 16th birthday at the time of application, you must attend the appointment in person
  • Section 2 – do not enter a mobile number in section 2 of the application form.  Please enter it in Section 8 instead
  • Section 4 – grandparents’ details are not required
  • You must complete the payment mandate on Page 25 of the application guidance.  Please ensure that the security number of the card is entered in the appropriate box.


If you are unsure about any requirements, leave the section of the form blank and complete it at your appointment.

The service costs an additional £15 and is available from week commencing 11th April 2016


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What should I bring to my appointment?

When you attend your appointment, you must bring:

1.  A completed Home Office Citizenship Application Form - You can obtain this application form by visiting the Home Office website, where you will also find guidance notes and a requirements booklet to help you complete your application:  GOV.UK Becoming a British Citizen

2.  The original copy of your successful 'Life in the UK' test certificate (Naturalisation only) - You can book this test on the Home Office website:  Life in the UK test

3.  All the necessary documents as explained in the application form guideline notes

We will give you more information on what you must bring when we contact you to arrange your appointment, but please be aware that you must be able to supply evidence that you were in the UK five years (or three years in the case of a joint application) prior to the date on which your application will be received by the Home Office.

The documents that you bring with you to your appointment will be photocopied, allowing the originals to remain in your safekeeping.

Do I have to pay for the Checking Service?

Yes, you will need to make this payment over the telephone when we contact you to arrange your appointment.  The fees are as follows:

Single Adult (over the age of 18) - £75

Single Child (0-17 years) - £40

Please note that this fee is separate from the Citizenship Application Fee payable to the Home Office.  The Home Office fees can be viewed on their website:  Fees for Citizenship Applications

Will Fife Council be able to give me advice about Nationality?

Fife Council's Nationality Checking Service cannot provide advice on nationality matters.  If you require advice on nationality then please visit the Home Office website at:  GOV.UK British Citizenship

Will my application be dealt with by the Home Office quicker?

No, the Nationality Checking Service is not a priority service for processing your application with the Home Office.  However, accurately completed forms are processed more quickly, on average, than those that are incomplete or which need further enquiries.


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