Changes to births, deaths and marriages during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

View details of changes to weddings, registering births registering deaths.

Other service disruption

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Marriages and civil partnerships

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies

Following the Prime Minister's announcement, all ceremonies are suspended with immediate effect.

Please do not contact us, we will be contacting all couples but giving priority to those couples who have the most imminent ceremonies.

For existing bookings that are postponed or cancelled, when we contact you, we will accept revised dates from 1st September 2020. We will give these bookings priority.

We will not be accepting any new or revised bookings for dates before the 1 September 2020.

For completely new bookings, we will only accept these for dates after 1 January 2021.

I trust you will appreciate that all our advice may be subject to change without notice.

Notices of civil marriage or civil partnership

With immediate effect, no further appointments to give notice will be undertaken. We are unable to state when these will be resumed.

Book a registrar

We regret that the holding of all ceremonies has now been suspended. We are unable to state when ceremonies will resume.

As a priority, we are contacting couples about their ceremony in priority date order. If you wish to completely cancel your booking with us, we will send a full refund of our fees for the ceremony.

Please do not ring us, please email us on: Please put the date of your ceremony in the subject line of your email.

Extra staff are being brought in but there will be delay in responding.

Renewal of vows

We regret, that at this present time, we are unable to take further bookings for these ceremonies until further notice.


Registering a birth

We are unable to accept any further appointments for births. We are unable to state when the service will be resumed.

In these circumstances, you can now also make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.

Find out how to apply for Child benefits before registering the birth of your child.

Baby naming

We regret, that at this present time, we are unable to take further bookings for these ceremonies until further notice.

Changing or correcting a birth record

We are unable to accept any further appointments for this service. We are unable to state when the service will be resumed.


Registering a death

From 30 March 2020, registration of a death will be undertaken by telephone. The medical certificate issued by the doctor will be emailed to us instead of being handed to yourself. Once the doctor has confirmed to you that the medical certificate has been emailed to us, then please book an appointment for the registrar to ring you

Book an appointment for the registrar to ring you

Once we have your details, we will check that we have the medical certificate from the doctor and will also check that it is correctly completed. We have a dedicated team matching your requests with the correct medical certificate. Please be aware it sometimes takes a few days for the medical certificate to be sent to us. Once you have an appointment, you do not need to contact us again - we will contact you.

If the matter has been referred to HM Coroner, the coroners officer will advise you what the next steps are.

If you have already been given a paper copy of the medical certificate, please write your name and contact details on the back of the envelope and post it through the letter box of one of our offices.

For the appointment, please ensure you have all the information you will need with you and you have a credit or debit card if you wish to purchase a copy of the death certificate.

Tell Us Once service

We have suspended the full service. The registrar will take the information needed from you to produce a ‘Capture letter’ with a unique reference number for the Tell Us Once Service. You will then be able to contact Tell Us Once online or by phone to do the ‘Enrichment’ service to provide all the details for the relevant departments and services.


The Senior Coroners for North Yorkshire and York have taken the decision to resume Inquests from Wednesday 17th June. Please access details of openings and relisted inquests. All families will be contacted before the inquest is listed. For those who wish to attend the inquest, there will be strict social distancing rules in operation.

Copy certificates

We ask you not to visit our offices if you wish to order a copy of a certificate. Orders can still be submitted using our online order form.

Citizenship ceremonies

New citizens would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review. UKVI have advised us that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.