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District of Idaho

Chief Judge David C. Nye

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Court Operations (1304)

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho as well as Probation and Pretrial announce operating with reduced staff.  For full details, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 

Anyone who is experiencing COVID like symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID within the last 10 days must report this to the Court Security Officers at the entrance to any courthouse. In general, masking will be in accordance with CDC guidance and whether masks are required in any individual courthouse is outlined below. Masks may be required during a jury trial. The jury administrator will communicate relevant guidance to prospective jurors. Please refer to General Order No. 412 for how the Court will operate during the different risk levels.
Current Level: Yellow
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: 50 Person Limitation
Masking: Optional
Coeur d'Alene
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
District Court General Information
What is Naturalization?

What is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. Citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (see below).

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) processes all naturalization applications and provides the Court with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized in the Federal Court.


Currently, the selection consists of only those petitioners who have requested to:

  • Participate in the Naturalization Ceremony and swear the oath of allegiance in formal court proceeding.
  • Change their names legally and have their new names appear on the Certificate of Naturalization.


Note The U.S. District Court DOES NOT process name changes after the Naturalization process has been completed.  Citizens who wish to amend the Name Change Petition after it has been granted, or who are wishing to change their name after the Naturalization process has been completed will need to go through their county court system, and follow that county's procedures for a name change.

Naturalization Ceremonies are held in Boise and Pocatello.  For a schedule of hearings on petitions, click the Naturalization Schedule below.

If you need further information concerning the naturalization process, information in regard to old naturalization records, or more specific ceremony information: please call the U.S. Court Naturalization Clerk's Office at 208-334-9387.

Naturalization Schedule for Idaho

Naturalization Ceremonies

The District of Idaho is operating in a limited capacity due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We will be working to schedule ceremonies at a later date and will post a schedule when dates have been determined.

Note: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) also holds administrative Naturalization Ceremonies that do not involve the Court.  If you have a question about your ceremony or need additional assistance, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS Contact Center website at:


Attending a Naturalization Ceremony

The USCIS mails citizen candidates a form “N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony”, informing them of the details regarding their scheduled ceremony. It is important to follow all directions on the form, including arrival time.

Candidates for Citizenship are to appear in-advance of the ceremony for check-in purposes.  If you plan to invite guests to attend the ceremony, please refer to your Notice for the check-in time and the ceremony start time, so your guests may plan accordingly.

Citizenship candidates will be seated separately from guests. Parents of young children, if you are the citizenship candidate, please make sure another adult is present to sit with your children during the ceremony.

Limited seating is available for family members and visitors on a first come/first served basis.

If the ceremony is held in the courthouse, you must show a photo ID to enter the premises and will be required to pass through security screening.

Typically, cameras are not allowed in the courthouse, however, the Court has authorized the use of cameras during the Naturalization Ceremony.

No weapons of any type, drugs or other illegal items are allowed.

Request Records

Request Records - Freedom of Information Act

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA), you can request:

  • Immigration records, whether your own or someone else’s with their permission; and

  • Agency policies, data, communications, and other records.

Immigration Services

Immigration Services

The Idaho State Library has microfilm containing most of our older naturalization records.  The most recent information would only be available from the federal court or through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in Boise or Helena, Montana.

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