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

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies

Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies have now resumed and the restrictions are listed below. Everyone (including the registrars, staff and the photographer) in the room must observe the social distance rules.

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

From 19 July 2021

The number of people you may have at your ceremony is subject to the capacity of the ceremony room with some social distancing still in place. The capacity of the room or venue may still mean that the number of guests at your ceremony will still be restricted

If you are marrying at one of the approved venues, you should contact the venue to check they will be open and ready for your ceremony date. You should also check their room capacity and what rules will be in place on the day.

Due to the sizes of the ceremony rooms at our offices, the number of persons allowed in the office ceremony rooms excluding the registrars but including the couple, the witnesses, guests (including children of any age) and any photographer and/or videographer at the following registration offices is:

  • Harrogate: 32
  • Scarborough: 42
  • Skipton Staincliffe Room: 14
  • Skipton Belle Vue Suite: 92
  • Whitby: 32
  • Selby: 30
  • Northallerton: 20
  • Richmond: 24
  • Malton: 50

The capacities above are the maximum permitted and there is no standing room. This also means your guests will not be socially distanced from each other. We are unable to accommodate any extra guests anywhere on our premises including gardens and patio areas.

Additional Ceremony Restrictions

To safeguard our team and to respect other visitors who may be more vulnerable, we politely ask you and your guests to wear a face covering when attending a registration office. The couple will not be required to wear a face covering in the ceremony.  Other venues such as a hotel will have their own rules.

Photography in the ceremony room is permitted. However, movement should be kept to a minimum and 2m social distancing should be maintained from the registrars at all times.

Outdoor ceremonies from 1 July 2021

From 1 July, ceremonies can take place outside. If you are interested in holding such a ceremony, you must discuss this with your venue. The new rules do not change the rules for your reception, which will continue to be a sit down meal with table service.

You should also think about what you wish to do if the weather is inclement. If you decide to go inside the venue on the day, you must make sure that the indoor ceremony room can hold the number of guests you have invited.

We regret that we are unable to offer outdoor ceremonies at any of our offices.

The rules do not allow you to have your ceremony outdoors at your house, it must be held at one of the venues licenced for ceremonies.

New bookings

At this time we are prioritising those couples who need to postpone their ceremony due to current guidance and the demand for Notice appointments at our offices. We are therefore only accepting new bookings for office ceremony dates that are at least three months in advance. 

We are now accepting new bookings for ceremony dates. Please be aware that due to availability dates this summer may already have limited availability. We will ensure that as part of the booking you are given enough time to give Notice to Marry.

Notices of civil 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: 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.


Registering a birth

To safeguard our team and to respect other visitors who may be more vulnerable, we politely ask you wear a face covering when attending a registration office.

We also 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.


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.


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.