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Naturalization Ceremonies

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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Naturalization Records

All naturalization records of persons naturalized in this Court prior to 2000 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 obtain copies of Name Changes since 2000, please contact the Clerk's Office:


Copy Request Link:

Phone: (216) 357-7158

Certified Copies of Name Changes are $12.50 each. If paying in person, the hours of the Clerk's Office are 9AM to 4PM. If paying by mail, please make check payable to Clerk, US District Court and include your name, address and date of naturalization.


To obtain a certified true copy of a Naturalization Certificate:

To obtain an Apostille on a certified copy of a Naturalization Certificate: