Nationality Checking Service (NCS)

Documents required for registering a child as a British Citizen

Children born in UK

  • Completed MN1 application form including two referees
  • Proof one parent is either is British or has indefinite leave to remain
  • Full UK Birth certificate showing both parents names
  • Parent’s passports
  • Child’s passport(s) if they have one
  • Home Office fees (depending on the type of application)

Children born outside of the UK

  • Completed MN1 application form with two referees and written consent from both parents
  • Proof child has indefinite leave to remain
  • Proof both parents have indefinite leave to remain 
  • Proof the child has been living in the UK for the last two years (passports, travel documents and school/ college letters)
  • Full birth certificate and a translation
  • Passport or visa used to enter the UK (not essential)
  • Both parents passports - Evidence they are applying with at least one parent, or that one parent is British and the other has indefinite leave to remain, or that both parents are British)
  • If the parents are separated and one parent is living abroad, they must write a signed letter stating that they give up parental rights and custody, that they consent to the child becoming British, and that the child will live in the UK permanently. If both parents are in the UK, but one parent doesn't have indefinite leave to remain, the child will have to wait until the parent without indefinite gets it.
  • Marriage certificate if parents are married
  • Home Office fees (depending on the type of application)

EEA children born in the UK

  • Completed MN1 application form (with 2 referees)
  • Full UK birth certificate
  • Proof that one parent has Permanent Residence Status/Indefinite Leave to Remain; or
  • Evidence that one parent has exercised treaty rights in the UK for 5 years (and if the parent is an A8 national and employed, evidence that they registered on the Worker's Registration Scheme)
  • Parent's passports – to prove nationality and identity
  • Child's passport(s) (if they have one)
  • Home Office fees

EEA children born outside of the UK

  • Completed MN1 application form (with 2 referees)
  • Proof child has permanent residence status (derived from parent's treaty rights or Permanent Residence Document from Home Office)
  • Proof that both parents have settled status - Permanent Residency or Indefinite Leave to Remain. (If both parents are in the UK, but one doesn't have settled status, the child will have to wait until the parents acquire settled status); or
  • Evidence that both parents have been exercising treaty rights in the UK for at least 5 years (and if the parent is an A8 national and employed, evidence that they registered on the Worker's Registration Scheme)
  • Proof the child has been living in the UK for 2 years - letters from school/college
  • Written consent (on application form) from both parents
  • Full birth certificate and translation
  • Child's passports, including passport or visa used to enter the UK if still available
  • Both parent's passports
  • Evidence that the child is also applying with at least one parent; or that one parent is British and the other parent has settled status; or that both parents are British
  • Marriage certificate (if parents are married)
  • Home Office fees