1. Accessing your birth records

You can access your birth records if you don’t have them because you were adopted.

You need to be 18 or over to do this.

Everyone adopted before 12 November 1975 will need to attend a counselling session with an approved adoption advisor first.

You know your birth details

You can order a copy of your original birth certificate from the General Register Office.

For adoptions outside England or Wales you need to contact the General Register Office where you were adopted.

You don’t know your birth details or want to find more records

You need to fill in an application for access to birth records if you don’t know your birth details or would like to find out if there are any more records available about your adoption. There are different forms depending on where you live:

Post or email the form to adoptions@gro.gsi.gov.uk.

Adoptions Section
Room C202
General Register Office
Trafalgar Rd

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