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Citizenship ceremonies

From 1 January 2021, Rochdale Register Office will no longer be located within Rochdale Town Hall.

We'll add information about where the register office will be based to this page as soon as we have the details.

​​​​​​​Citizenship ceremonies are private and not open to the public. Once the Home Office has approved your application, you'll be sent our contact details so that arrangements can be made for a ceremony.

We hold a group citizenship ceremony every 2 weeks in the Roche Suite situated in the Register Office at the Town Hall. Each ceremony is usually attended by the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

If preferred, for an additional fee (listed below), an individual private citizenship ceremony can be booked at the Register Office on a day and time to suit you.

Booking a ceremony

If you've received written confirmation from the Home Office to book a citizenship ceremony in Rochdale, please call our Citizenship Ceremony line on 01706 924898.

On booking your ceremony you'll be sent a letter confirming the date and time of the ceremony.

The ceremony

When attending the ceremony, you must bring your Home Office letter of invitation and also the letter of confirmation from the Register Office.

The Superintendent Registrar for Rochdale, or her deputy, conducts the citizenship ceremony and a brief explanation is given on the significance and commitments of the promises you'll make before being granted British citizenship. The Mayor will give a welcoming speech on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant will speak on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

You'll then be asked as a group to repeat on oath of allegiance and pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.

The Mayor will then present British nationality certificates and an information pack to all applicants.

Photographs can be taken of applicants receiving their certificate from the Mayor. There's usually a photographer present at group citizenship ceremonies and photographs can be purchased after the ceremony.

The ceremony concludes with the playing of the national anthem.

Guests at the ceremony

You can bring 1 guest to a group ceremony. If you're booking a private ceremony in the Register Office, you can bring up to 40 guests. Invitation cards will be given to all guests attending a ceremony. Guests won't be allowed in to the ceremony without their invitation card.

Length of ceremony

All group ceremonies start at 3pm and will normally last approximately 30 minutes. You will need to book in for your ceremony between 2pm-2.30pm. If you arrive after 2.45pm you will not be permitted in to the ceremony and will have to re- book your ceremony.

Private citizenship ceremony fees

Monday - Friday£161
Sunday £323


01706 924784

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.
Fax: 0844 963 2314

Rochdale Register Office
Town Hall
Vicars Gate
Rochdale OL16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4.15pm
(On the last Tuesday of each month, the office opens at 10.30am)
Saturday and Sunday: ceremonies only

Birth registration, death registration and giving notice of marriage - by prior appointment only