Registration service fees

Details of the price of services by our registration service, including ceremonies and certificates.

Prices of the most usual fees charged by the registration service are below. Other fees may apply in special circumstances, such as where one person is housebound, detained or seriously ill.

All fees include VAT where this applies.

Buy copy certificates

You can buy a copy certificate using our online service.

How to pay

  • Credit or debit cards: We prefer you to pay by credit or debit card. We do not issue invoices so please do not pay using our automated phone payment system for invoices.
  • Cash: If you wish to pay by cash, please bring the exact money as we cannot guarantee change will be available.

We cannot accept personal cheques or American Express.

Certificates

A short birth certificate shows your baby's name, sex and date of birth. A full birth certificate will show the parents' details and will be needed in the future, such as for a passport, opening a bank account or applying for a school place.

Purchased or requested at the time of registration

Service Fee
A birth or death certificate £4
Marriage or civil partnership certificate (one free certificate is included in the ceremony fee) £4
Marriage certificate at civil partnership conversion £4

Purchased after the time of registration

If you are unable to supply enough information for us to issue a certificate, we may be able to carry out a search for you.

Service Fee
Copy certificate (birth, death, marriage, civil partnership) £10
Priority service £15
Overseas postage £10
One-hour search £30

Correcting a birth or death record

Fees for corrections to the initial registration

Correction Fee
Forename added within 12 months of birth registration £40
Consideration by registrar / superintendent registrar of a correction application £75
Consideration by the registrar general of a correction application £90

Civil marriages and civil partnerships

The ceremony date (not the date of the booking) determines the fee. They cover the cost of the registration staff attending your ceremony and one certificate. They are payable in advance when notice is given and no later than three months before the ceremony.

Fees are determined based on where and when your ceremony is held.

  • A £35 non-refundable statutory notice fee per person is required for all marriage and civil partnership ceremonies in addition to the charges listed below.   
  • A £50 non-refundable deposit is required for all ceremony bookings, which will be deducted from the cost of the ceremony.
  • Consideration by a superintendent registrar of a divorce / civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles - £50
  • Consideration by the registrar general of a divorce / civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles - £75

Private citizenship ceremonies

The private citizenship ceremony fee is the same as the marriage or civil partnership ceremony fees outlined below. The fee will be waived for members of the armed forces who are unable to attend a group ceremony.

Approved premises

These fees are charged by the registration service for attendance at ceremonies only. Further costs will be charged by the venue.

Day Fee 2018-19 Fee 2019-20
Monday to Friday £450 £450
Saturday £525 £550
Sunday or Bank Holiday £550 £550

Ceremonies at all registration offices, including Thornborough Hall and Selby Town Hall

Day Fee 2018-19 Fee 2019-20
Monday to Friday £225 £250
Saturday £275 £300
Sunday or Bank Holiday £350 £350

Ceremonies in the office of the superintendent registrar at Bilton House, Harrogate

Day Fee
Second Tuesday of the month £50

Naming and renewal of vows in local authority or approved premises

Day Fee 2018-19 Fee 2019-20
Monday to Friday £225 £250
Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday £275 £300

Where the renewal or naming ceremony is held immediately after a wedding ceremony, there will be a 30 per cent discount on the fee for the renewal or naming ceremony.

Conversion of civil partnership to a marriage

The fee excludes the cost of any marriage certificate.

Service Fee
One stage procedure £45 per couple
Two stage procedure - stage 1 £27 per couple
Two stage procedure - stage 2
Attendance in North Yorkshire at approved premises or registration office
Appropriate renewal of vows ceremony fee

Attendance of registrar at church or chapel

The fee excludes the cost of any marriage certificate and any fee payable to the vicar, priest or church / chapel.

Service Fee
Attendance of registrar at church or chapel £86

Approved premises licensing fees

The fees include all costs, including advertising in the local newspaper. The licence lasts for three years.

Approval or renewal of approval of premises: £1,550
The fee includes five rooms. Any additional rooms are charged at £155 each.

Review of decision: £500
This is a minimum fee for a review of decision:

  • to attach a local condition;
  • not to grant approval; or
  • not to renew a grant approval.