How to get a copy of UK naturalisation certificate? If it is lost or damaged.


If for some reasons your UK naturalisation certificate has been damaged, or lost, then you would need to apply for a replacement copy especially if you have not yet applied for your UK passport for which you would need to send the original UK naturalisation certificate as a proof of UK citizenship.

The UK passport office only accepts the naturalisation certificate if it is legible and is in a good original condition. And if the certificate does not meet these conditions, it will be sent back to you. One very important thing to remember is that never ever laminate the naturalisation certificate as doing so apparently makes it void and unacceptable for the purpose of processing your UK passport application.

How to apply for a second copy of UK naturalisation certificate?

1.    You would need to complete an application form for a duplicate naturalisation or citizenship certificate. The form is called FORM NC which you can download from www.gov.uk site HERE.
2.    Once downloaded, fill out the details asked in the NS form. The form is pretty much straightforward and only needs some basic information. You will also need to fill out the details of any Home Office Reference No. (this can be found on any letters you may have received from the Home Office in relation to your visa, indefinite leave to remain or biometric card).
3.    If you are applying on the basis that your old certificate has been lost then you would need to report the issue to the police.
4.  Once the NS form is filled out, you would need to fill the payment slip by downloading it HERE  At the time of writing (March 2017) the fee for obtaining a duplicate UK naturalisation certificate was £198 which is way higher than obtaining a duplicate copy of a UK birth certificate. Comparatively if a British Citizen needs a  copy of his or her birth certificate the request can be  dealt in a week and costs only £9.50 using the standard  service; and for a premium service the fee is £23.40 and  takes about 2-4 days.

Similarly if someone requests a Certified copy of a Certificate of British citizenship from the National Archives, it only takes around 16 working days and costs £25.50 plus postage.

The payment for a copy of naturalisation certificate can be made by credit/debit card, or you can pay by a cheque. Make the cheque payable to The Accounting Officer, Home Office.

fee for copy of naturalisation certificate

Once the FORM NS is complete with the required information and payment, send it off by (preferably) secure post to:
Department 1
UKVI
The Capital
New Hall Place
Liverpool
L3 9PP
fee slip for duplicate naturalisation certificate

How long does it take to receive a copy of UK naturalisation certificate?

Though there is not an estimated time guideline quoted on the Home Office website for obtaining a copy of naturalisation certificate, when we phoned up the Home Office we were told that it could generally take up to 12 weeks.

18 thoughts on “How to get a copy of UK naturalisation certificate? If it is lost or damaged.

  • November 27, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    I have complete the above documt and include fee to retain a copy of my naturalisation cert. However the money has been taken I have no indication from goverment as to what will hapen next. It has been 4 weeks.
    I am unable to locate any telephone numbers to contact the gome office to discuss this.
    Could anyone advise?

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    • April 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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      Hi, I’m about to start this process, did you get your certificate copy? Just trying to find out how long it is taking.

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  • December 12, 2018 at 8:09 am
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    am still waiting for mine as well. its been 12 weeks now.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    i need proof of my fathers british citizenship…he is dead 20 years? How do i go about getting this please?

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  • January 29, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    HMPO lost my British Citizenship Registration certificate while applying for my son’s passport. They told me that i have to apply for the replacement. I applied for the replacement certificate about six months ago – but i haven’t yet received it.
    Does anyone know where i should contact or is it possible to track my application?

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Mine took more than 1 year & half and I am still waiting for my certificates the funny thing my debit card expired this month so I am not sure what to do? Any of you pass through it?

    Thanks,

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    For duplicate naturalization certificate. Do I need to send my passport? I start to apply online & stated it’s a must?

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    • March 18, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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      Pretty sure that a passport won’t be needed but do check it with the authority.

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  • March 23, 2019 at 3:09 am
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    I thought this might help some people because I was over panicking from Reading other people’s posts. I sent my application towards the end of February 2019. I noticed they took the money out of my account on March 12 and I received my copy on the 21 March 2019. So it took a little over a month. For those of you who’s just about to start the process, please don’t stress too much. I’m sure everything will be fine.

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    • May 7, 2019 at 11:39 am
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      I have applied online on the 26th of April and paid the fee online. Now the application is all online, no payment slip was needed as I had to pay online.

      I know it has been only a week since I applied but I am now terrified since I read the posts here that people have been waited for a year????? I had to send my original Romanian passport so why on earth would an application for a duplicate piece of paper take longer than the application for British citizenship itself which took only 6 weeks? I am new terrified.

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      • May 18, 2019 at 10:34 am
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        Hey I sent mine around the same time just wondered if you’ve received yours yet?

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    • May 14, 2019 at 11:07 am
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      Marie, did you receive both current passport and the certificate in one package? I was asked on the form I filled in online to send my original passport as proof of ID and the damaged naturalisation certificate.

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  • March 26, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    can i get my father citizenship certificate copy? because my father death is in UK and he is buried in UK her citizenship certificate is in UK and now i need this certificate because i want to apply for British passport and According to UK British embassy rules i need to show this certificate as a evidence

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  • April 3, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    can i get my father citizenship certificate copy? because my father death is in UK and he is buried in UK her citizenship certificate is in UK and now i need this certificate because i want to apply for British passport and According to UK British embassy rules i need to show this certificate as a evidence Sir please guide me about this

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  • May 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    The process is smooth and simple:
    1. Go online, open an account
    2. Fill in the online form
    3. Pay the fee (250 pounds)
    4. Send the application
    5. Download the required document (most likely current passport)
    6. Send to the given address (passport)
    7. You will probably get it returned back with a week
    8. Duplicate certificate will arrive a week later

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    • May 12, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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      I’ve done steps 1-4 however I don’t know where I’m supposed to find the required documents checklist could someone please help.

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      • May 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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        Aida, after making the payment you should be able to print the document checklist.

        This is what I received on my email after making the payment:

        “What you need to do next
        If any documents are required from you, you must send your document checklist and supporting documents to the address on the checklist.

        Sign in to your application to print your checklist.”

        So you have to make the payment and then you will be able to print the confirmation and document checklist.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    Ok, so I have received my copy of the citizenship certificate. I applied online on the 26th of April 2019, sent my EU passport and damaged certificate by post the same day by Special Delivery, arrived to the Home Office and signed for on the 29th of April 2019. And I received the copy of my citizenship certificate and my EU passport on the 23rd of May 2019. So a little over 3 weeks.

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