COVID-19: Births, deaths and marriages

York Register Office is closed to the public.

Birth registrations, and EU Settlement Scheme appointments are no longer available. We are no longer hosting wedding or civil engagement ceremonies.

See details of changes to services at York Crematorium.

Current births, deaths and marriages service updates

Support for those suffering bereveament

There is plenty of support for those who are suffering bereavement:

Public Health England have also put together guidance to help manage your mental health.

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Copies of birth, death and marriage certificates

York Register Office are currently taking online orders for certificates relating to births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships which took place within the York boundaries.

Orders will be processed within 15 working days and posted out to the address you supply.

We're currently unable to offer a collection service, or to issue certificates for events which occurred before 1920.

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At York Register Office we've taken the difficult decision to cancel all wedding ceremonies and civil partnership formations that were due to take place up to and including 29 June 2020.

We'll contact all affected couples with arrangements for rebooking ceremonies in due course, in the order that their ceremonies are booked. Please bear with us while we work our way through this.

We're dealing with an unprecedented event and will review our actions in line with government advice. If we need to extend the cancellation period beyond 29 June, we'll contact couples to let them know at the earliest opportunity.

Any ceremony fees that have been paid will be transferred to a new booking at a later date, or refunded if you decide to cancel the ceremony. Statutory notice fees are not refundable.

Whilst we're currently busy dealing with postponing and cancelling ceremonies, we do have limited resource to discuss new bookings. New bookings are available for dates from September 2020 up until the end of 2022. However, we might not be able to respond to new booking requests as quickly as we would in normal circumstances.

We'll provide more advice here on giving new marriage or civil partnership notices as information becomes available.

We apologise for any inconvenience or upset caused, but hope you understand the need to keep our customers and staff safe.

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Birth registrations

In accordance with instruction from the General Register Office (GRO) birth registrations are suspended (across England and Wales) for the foreseeable future.

We'll provide more information to new parents who are unable to register a birth during the suspension, once the restrictions are lifted - check this page for updates.

In the meantime, while you're unable to register a birth, you can still make a claim for child benefit or Universal Credit.

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Death registrations

Following government guidance, we're now asking people to register a death by telephone.

The medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) will be issued directly to us from the doctor.

To make an appointment to register a death, email with the following information:

  • the name of the person who has died
  • the date and place of death
  • name of the person who'll register the death
  • a contact number and email address for the person who'll be registering the death
  • the name of the funeral director (if known)

Once we've received the MCCD, we'll call you to arrange the registration.

We thank you for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

Note: For any deaths which occurred outside York, you'll need to contact the local Register Office.

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Notices of marriages or civil partnerships

We're currently unable to offer any face to face appointments and there is no legal provision for notice appointments to be conducted other than face to face. This is in accordance with directions from the government via the General Register Office and is a position which applies right across England and Wales.

In regards to the fees we are currently working with the General Register Office to come up with a proposal but no decision has been made as yet.

As and when the situation changes and the General Register Office permits us to offer notice of marriage or notice of civil partnership appointments, we will make those appointments available as soon as we can. Since notice has to be given at least 28 clear days before any ceremony or civil partnership formation takes place, we plan to give priority in the first instance to those couples whose wedding or civil partnership is most imminent. Those couples will be offered appointments first.

You can expect to hear from us once we have a better idea of the likely timescales if you have a ceremony booked with us.

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York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477