The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has retained exclusive jurisdiction to conduct naturalization ceremonies for applicants seeking citizenship. The ceremonies are presided over by a United States District Judge and are held in the Cleveland and Toledo courthouses. In Cleveland, the ceremonies are generally scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. In Toledo, the ceremonies are held once per month, generally on the last Friday of each month. Applicants seeking citizenship will receive their ceremony date and time from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should be contacted directly for procedures on becoming naturalized. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for answers to common questions, copies of forms, and general information about the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
All naturalization records of persons naturalized in this Court prior to 1967 are stored at and are available through:
National Archives and Records Administration
Great Lakes Region
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898
National Archives Website
To confirm dates of naturalization or obtain copies of name changes since 1967, contact the Clerk's Office Naturalization Clerk:
Phone: (216) 357-7014