You can get married or enter into a civil partnership in York if you're:
- aged 16 years, or older
- single, divorced or widowed
- not closely related
You need permission from your parents or guardians if you're under 18.
Civil partnership for opposite sex couples
Only same sex couples can currently form a civil partnership, but the law is changing.
From December 2019 civil partnerships will also be being extended to opposite sex couples and by 31 December we'll be making changes to be able to provide this service in the future.
We'll release further details once we have firm dates, but we're now taking provisional bookings for opposite-sex civil partnerships to take place from 29 January 2020.
Contact us if you wish to discuss a booking to give notice, or for a ceremony.
Regardless of where you intend to hold your ceremony, you must both give 28 days' notice (in person) at your local register office, before your marriage or civil partnership can legally go ahead - you'll need to book an appointment to do this; notice cannot be given or by post, telephone or email.
If you live in different registration districts you must 'give notice' in your own local office, and your notice period doesn't begin until both appointments are complete.
Your appointment to give notice
Contact York Register Office to make an appointment to 'give notice' of your marriage or civil partnership.
You can book an appointment Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.00pm.
We currently have a limited number of notice of marriage appointments available on a Saturday, between 10.00am and 3.00pm, subject to availability.
See the York Register Office marriage and civil partnership fees for appointment costs.
You'll be told which documents you must bring; notice can not be given if you do not bring the correct documents.
- must be certified or sealed
- must be original; photocopies are not acceptable
- must be in English or accompanied by a translation (including any stamps) that is signed with the translator's name and address
If you're under 18 years old, contact the Register Office in advance to ensure you can provide the correct documents.
Notice of marriage or civil partnership
Your 'notice' will be publicly displayed in your local register office for 28 days and includes:
- details of who's getting married or forming a civil partnership
- where and when you intend to get married or form your civil partnership
Your marriage or civil partnership must take place within 12 months of giving notice.
Separate legal procedures apply for religious ceremonies, marrying aboard, and for people subject to imigration control (if you're not an EEA citizen or Swiss citizen) - see GOV.UK/marriages-civil-partnerships for more information.
Marriage and civil partnership fees
Find out more about York Register Office marriage and civil partnership fees for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership, and ceremony costs.
If we need to check documents from overseas, or need to contact the General Register Office to confirm whether your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead, there may be additional costs.
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Pre-ceremony consultation service
Our pre-ceremony consultation service gives you the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your ceremony with one of our experienced Celebration Officers.
The Celebration Officer will be able to answer any questions you have about your ceremony and help to prepare you for your special day.
Contact York Register Office to book your pre-ceremony consultation.
Consultations are subject to availability Monday to Friday, and last approximately 20 minutes.
See the York Register Office pre-ceremony consultation fees for appointment costs.