You can order and pay for copy certificates online for:

  • births
  • marriages
  • civil partnerships
  • deaths

Please note we can only supply copy certificates for events which happened within the boundaries of York.

See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to certificates for births, deaths and marriages.

Find out more about how to request historic stillbirth certificates.

Order a copy certificate

Alternatively, you can:

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

Required information when placing an order

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

Required information for civil partnership certificates

We can supply full copies of civil partnership certificates, 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

Copy certificate costs and postage

See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to copy certificates for births, deaths and marriages.

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

Copy certificates, standard delivery

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

Priority certificates

If you require your order urgently, you can purchase a priority certificate to be posted first class or ready for collection the next working day.

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, your certificates will be sent by the ‘Signed For’ service.

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

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

See Register Office fees for details of costs relating to additional delivery services.

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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