Costs for birth, death and marriage certificates are:

  • £4.00 for births, deaths and marriages in the current register, at or before the registration, or within 2 months of an inquest
  • £7.00 for births, deaths and marriages which occurred in the last 2 months

Buying copy certificates from York Register Office

Find out more about copy certificates for civil partnerships and historic stillbirth certificates.

Complete a copy certificate application form to get:

  • copy birth certificates
  • copy marriage certificates
  • copy civil partnership certificates
  • copy death certificates

Return your application to York Register Office including a postal order for the appropriate fee, made payable to 'City of York Council' (we do not accept cheques).

Alternatively, you can:

  • order certificates by telephone and pay by credit or debit card (terms and conditions apply)
  • visit York Register Office office in person

Cost of copy certificates

In addition to certificate costs, you are able to pay for faster delivery, or for secure ‘signed for delivery‘.

Copy certificates, standard costs

Copy birth, death and marriage certificates cost £10.00.

Orders are processed within 10 working days and are sent by second class post.

Copy certificates, priority service

For an additional fee of £15.00 your certificates will be sent on the next working day by first class post.

You can also pay for the priority service if you wish to collect your certificate the next working day.

The fee will be £15.00 whether you are requesting a single certificate or multiple certificates within the same delivery or collection.

Your copy certificate application must be in by 3.00pm for next working day postage or collection.

Signed For delivery service

York Register Office is not liable for any certificates that are delayed or lost in the post.

If you would prefer to be able to track your order, for an additional fee of £2.00, your certificates will be sent by the ‘Signed For’ service.

The fee will be £2.00 whether you are requesting a single certificate or multiple certificates within the same delivery.

You are able to request for certificates to be issued by both the priority service and signed for. In this case, both fees will need to be paid; a total of £17.00 on top of any certificate costs.

Pay by telephone using your debit or credit card (terms and conditions apply). We do not accept cheques.

Searching for birth, death and marriages certificates

A general search in birth, death and marriage indexes costs £18.00 - contact York Register Office for further details.

You can search online (for free) on the Yorkshire Births, Marriages and Deaths (Yorkshire BMD) website. Although the indexes are not yet complete for all years and districts, the database will eventually cover Yorkshire births, deaths and marriages for the years 1837 to 2010.

Please note that fees for duplicate certificates as advertised on the Yorkshire BMD website, and as shown on the forms available from their site, are not applicable to certificates requested through York Register Office.

Pay by telephone using your debit or credit card (terms and conditions apply). We do not accept cheques.

Certificates for events registered prior to 1837

Events recorded before 1 July 1837 may have been recorded in church baptismal, marriage and burial registers that may be in the custody of the local archivist, the Borthwick Institute.

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