Access to records
I don’t know my birth name
You will need to apply to the General Register Office – Access to Birth Records.
If you were adopted before 12th November 1975, you will also have to see an adoption social worker before you can get information from the original birth certificate. This is to help you understand the context and circumstances of your adoption.
If you were adopted on or after 12th November 1975 and before 30th December 2005, you can choose whether or not you would like to see an adoption social worker before getting information about your birth certificate. For more information contact us (link to contact us)
I already know my birth name
You can apply directly to the General Register Office – Certificate Ordering Service for a copy of your original birth certificate.