Births, deaths and marriages

Registering a birth

Visiting York Register Office

For the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, York Register Office is currently closed to the public, other than by appointment.

Unless you have an appointment or are attending a ceremony, please do not visit in person.

See detailed information about registering a birth on GOV.UK, including who can register a birth which depends on whether the baby's parents were/weren't married or in a civil partnership at the time of the birth.

Book an appointment to register a birth

Following advice from the government about coronavirus, you can now make an appointment to register a birth at York Register Office.

We've adapted our offices to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. We ask that you:

  • only bring your newborn if you are unable to make alternative arrangements, however, you must carry your newborn as prams and buggies should be left outside - no other children should attend
  • follow any social distancing measures in place upon arrival and throughout your appointment
  • wear a mask when you are in the building
  • bring your own pen to sign the register page in black ink

We also ask that you keep the following arrangments in mind:

  • where baby’s natural parents were married/in a civil partnership at the date of baby’s birth, only one parent should attend
  • where baby’s natural parents were not married/in a civil partnership at the date of baby’s birth, the mother must attend and a second parent can only be included on the registration if they also attend
  • admittance is strictly by appointment at the allocated time, we will not accommodate to people who are late - if you arrive early for your appointment, you may be asked to wait outside

To arrange an appointment email: registerabirth@york.gov.uk and provide:

  • your baby’s date of birth
  • names of the baby's parents
  • contact phone number

We'll ring you back as soon as possible to make an appointment for you.

See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to birth certificates.

Registering a birth

During your appointment to register a birth you must provide details of:

  • place and date of the birth
  • sex of the baby
  • baby's name and surname (normally the mother or father's surname; but once decided this can only be changed by re-registering a birth)
  • parents' names, surnames and address
  • places and dates of parents' birth
  • date of parents marriage or civil partnership
  • parents' jobs
  • mother's maiden surname

The following documents can help to record accurate information:

  • passports, driving licences or proof of parents' names
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • proof of address

The birth will be recorded in the register.

It could cost up to £90.00 to make corrections to the register, and in some cases it won't be possible to change information recorded. Contact York Register Office if you need to amend any information recorded in the register.

Birth certificates

You can buy a birth certificate at your appointment to register a birth, this states the baby's full name and date of birth alongside the parents’ details; you'll need a birth certificate for a passport application, or to open a savings account for your child.

If English is not your first language

If English is not your first language and you'd like someone to help you at your appointment to register a birth you can ask a relative or friend to come with you. However, you must register the birth personally and cannot ask someone to do this for you.

The Government Language Line service can help you with translation, telephone: 02075 201430.

Also see

York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477