For the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, we’re offering alternative access to some of our services; we've adapted how we're dealing with certificate orders.
You can order and pay for copy certificates online for events which happened within York boundaries, for:
- civil partnerships
We're currently unable to issue certificates for events which occurred before 1920.
Order certificates online
The more information you can provide, the easier it will be for staff to find the correct information on our system.
You'll need to tell us:
- the date the event occurred
- the place where the event occurred
- the names of the people involved
If requesting civil partnership certificates, please note that we can supply full copies or extract copies:
- if you want a full copy, you must supply the addresses of the people at the time the civil partnership occurred
- extract copies do not include the addresses of the people involved
Orders will be processed within 15 working days (subject to high demand, timescales may be longer) and posted out to the address you supply. For overseas applications, delivery timescales will vary.
Find out more about how to request historic stillbirth certificates.
Copy certificate costs and postage
Details of fees will be confirmed before submission of your application, dependent on the certificate(s) ordered and the delivery type(s) selected.
In addition to certificate costs, you are able to pay for faster delivery, or for secure ‘signed for delivery‘.
See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to copy certificates for births, deaths and marriages.
Items lost in the post
We cannot accept liability for items lost by Royal Mail.
If you've not received your certificate within 15 working days of your request, you'll need to apply and pay for a replacement certificate.
Searching for birth, death and marriages certificates
Before you order a certificate 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.
Fees for duplicate certificates advertised on the Yorkshire BMD website, and included on BMD forms are not applicable to certificates requested through York Register Office.
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.