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

Marriages and civil partnerships

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies

Government guidance states that ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. In addition, the ceremony may only proceed if the number of people in the ceremony party is six or less. Everyone (including the registrars, staff and the photographer) in the room must observe the social distance rules.

Government guidance states that ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. In addition, the ceremony may only proceed if the number of people in the ceremony party is six or less. Everyone (including the registrars, staff and the photographer) in the room must observe the social distance rules.

The six people in the ceremony party includes the couple, the witnesses and all guests. It does not include the two registrars, staff from the venue or any third party supplier that are being paid for their services.

Due to the size of the room and social distancing requirements, some of our offices have restrictions on the total number of persons who are allowed in the room, in particular these are

  • Whitby: 8
  • Northallerton: 8
  • Richmond: 6

From 8 August 2020, it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering when attending either a registration office or venue such as a hotel. Face coverings should be worn in all public areas (including the pre-ceremony interview) and applies to couples and guests, unless exempt. During the ceremony, the couple and registrars are exempt from wearing a face covering, however, all guests/witnesses must wear a face covering throughout the ceremony, unless exempt. 

Exemptions apply to:

  • Children under the age of 11.
  • Those with a medical exemption.

“Giving away” is only permitted where the people are from the same household or support bubble.

At the present time, readings are not permitted as part of the ceremony.

Minimal photography in the ceremony room is permitted. However, photographs must be taken from a fixed point i.e. guests or designated photographer should not move around the room, and social distancing must be maintained at all times.

What are the rules for receptions or parties?

From 5th January 2021, receptions are not permitted at all.

Please be advised that all our advice may be subject to change without notice.

Notices of civil marriage or civil partnership

From 15 August, we are now open for appointments to give Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership. If you live in North Yorkshire, but are holding your ceremony outside North Yorkshire, you should first check with the registrars in the area where your ceremony takes place before booking an appointment with us to give notice. We ask that you give notice 3 months in advance of the date of your ceremony.

Book a registrar

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.

If you wish to contact us, please email us on: ceremonies@northyorks.gov.uk. 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.

Births

Registering a birth

It is now a requirement to wear a face covering unless exempt. The rules are the same as the rules you follow when you visit the shops.

We ask you not to attend an appointment to register your baby until 14 calendar days after you leave hospital.

Baby naming

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

Deaths

Registering a death

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.

Inquests

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.