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.

Birth and death certificates

One short birth certificate is issued, free of charge, at the time of registration. This does not show the parents' details and has limited use. Full certificates issued at the time of registration cost £4.

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 2017-18 2018-19
Copy certificate £10 £10
Priority service £10 £15
Overseas postage £10 £10
One-hour search £30 £30

Civil partnership certificates and conversion of civil partnership

  • £4 at the time registration
  • £10 after registration

Nationality checking service

Without the passport application checking service:

  • £80 per adult (aged 18 or over)
  • £40 per child

With the passport application checking service:

  • £100 per adult (aged 18 and over)
  • £50 per child

The fee must be paid when the appointment is made.

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.

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 2017-18 Fee 2018-19
Monday to Friday £450 £450
Saturday £500 £525
Sunday or Bank Holiday £550 £550

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

Day Fee 2017-18 Fee 2018-19
Monday to Friday £200 £225
Saturday £250 £275
Sunday or Bank Holiday £350 £350

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

Day Fee 2017-18 Fee 2018-19
Second Tuesday of the month £50 £50

Naming and renewal of vows in local authority or approved premises

Day Fee 2017-18 Fee 2018-19
Monday to Friday £200 £225
Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday £250 £275

A ceremony and naming package or ceremony and affirmation of vows package are available. The cost is the appropriate wedding fee plus the naming or affirmation of vows fee minus 30 per cent.

Conversion of civil partnership to a marriage

Service Fee 2016-17 Fee 2017-18
One stage procedure £45 per couple £45 per couple
Two stage procedure - stage 1 £27 per couple £27 per couple
Two stage procedure - stage 2
Attendance in North Yorkshire at approved premises or registration office
Appropriate renewal of vows ceremony fee 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 2017-18 Fee 2018-19
Attendance of registrar at church or chapel £86 £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.