Thank you for nominating an inspirational British Citizen to be considered for The British Citizen Honours (BCA).

These frequently asked questions are to assist you completing the application form. If you require advice on any of the categories and/or further information on any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3002 7764.

Please note:
Medallists are selected to receive The British Citizen Honours (BCA) in recognition for their contribution to society, therefore they are not ‘winners’, as this implies a competition.

I’m not sure which category to enter?

If you are unsure which category to nominate, either return to the website and review the categories , email: or you can call 0203 002 7764 to speak with one of our advisers who will be happy to assist you.

Is there a cost involved?

No. Nominations are completely FREE OF CHARGE. If the nomination is successful and you wish to attend the presentation day, all associated costs for travel and/or accommodation will have to be met by the individuals attending.

Who can make a nomination?

Any individual can nominate but MUST NOT be related to the Nominee. A Seconder is required to validate the nomination. If an organisation is making the nomination there is no requirement to have the application seconded, but an officer of the organisation must sign the declaration.

Why should I nominate someone for a BCA or BCyA?

The honours system is fantastic for the elite few selected, but there are many thousands of people making huge differences in their communities and often sacrificing their own comforts for those of others around them, who until now go unrecognised. By making a nomination you could be catapulting the deserving individual into the spotlight possibly for the first time in their lives. They will be able to use the BCA or BCyA as measure of their commitment, determination, integrity and transparency in fulfilling their day-to-day tasks. It is a way of recognising their contribution like no other.

What is the closing date for nominations?

We have two presentation ceremonies per year (January and July).

If we receive your BCA Nomination before the 7th October, your nomination will be considered for January presentations.

If we receive your BCA Nomination before 9th April, your nomination will be considered for July presentations.

If we receive your BCvA Nomination (Youth) before 19th August, your nomination will be considered for October presentations.


How do I nominate?

Nominating is simple, you just register your interest and we will forward a Nomination Form for you to complete online. If you require a hardcopy to send by post, please contact

What if the nomination is successful?

If your nominee is successful to receive The British Citizen Honour (BCA) or The British Citizen Youth Honour (BCyA), the Nominee, Nominator and Seconder will receive an official notice together with Guest Information on the proceedings surrounding the Presentation day at the Palace of Westminster.

Honoured with a BCA or BCyA?

Those granted The British Citizen Honour (BCA) and The British Citizen Youth Honour (BCyA) benefit from the prestige and kudos associated with being recognised for their exceptional endeavour in their local community. They will appear on the BCA or BCyA ‘Roll of Honour’ on the website and receive formal recognition of their achievement with a presentation Medal & Certificate.

Can I tell someone they have been nominated?

Yes. We urge you to tell the nominee – in many cases it will help you to supply the most accurate information.

What if my nomination is unsuccessful?

We receive a large number of nominations regarding many deserving individuals from all over the country. Each one reflects various positive aspects of today’s society.

All the nominations contain uplifting and often generous selfless acts of kindness which makes life better for others in the community. As we are unable to recognise every individual and whilst on this occasion your nominee was not selected for a Medal, the Assessment Panel may recommend for your Nominee to receive a  ‘Certificate of Recognition’ which will serve as appreciation for the positive impact and actions your nominee has on society and hopefully, inspire your nominee to continue the impressive activities that they undertake.

The Assessment Panel recommend after one year has elapsed (in accordance with the Terms & Conditions) to send in another nomination when your nominee will be able to share more developments and activities with the panel.


If you require any further information,
please do not hesitate to contact us: 020 3002 7764