Copy Adoption Certificate (England & Wales)

Here you can order a copy of an English or Welsh Adoption Certificate, suitable for all official and legislative purposes.

NOTE: Please be aware that any certificate issued after 2006 is only available directly from the General Register Office. If this is the case, go to to order your certificates. We may still be able to obtain the certificate for you from a local registry office, but be advised that this is likely to take longer than the stated timespan. 

NOTE 2: Please note: Adoption certificates are closed records. In order to abide by confidentiality regulations, they are not allowed to be transcribed to an electronic database. This means that a manual search has to be conducted to locate the certificate, and this can take up to 20 working days if ordered on the standard service.

NOTE 3: Stated delivery times are in addition to the time taken to complete the service chosen.

Complete the form below to order:

Full Adopted Name:  
Full name of the adopted person
Date of Birth:  
Adoptive Father's Name:  
Adoptive Mother's Name:  
Priority Service:  
Apostille Legalisation Required?  
Scan & Send?  
Reason for Ordering:  
Why is this certificate needed?

Service Fee:  £24.95(Exc. 20% VAT)(£29.94 Inc. VAT)

Notes for online ordering:

  • Certificates are original, certified copies acceptable for all official purposes
  • The certificates supplied are long-form and include adopted parents names
  • Adoption certificates are available from 1927 to 2014
  • Under UK Law you can apply for any persons certificate if you know their details
  • Choose your service dispatch speed

Please see below for additional information if you need help completing the form above.

Additional Guidance Notes:

This section is designed to answer questions you may have when completing the form above. If there is anything you are unsure of, please feel free to call a member of our sales team on +44 (0) 330 088 1142 who will be happy to help.

Full Adopted Name

Please provide your full adopted name including any given middle names. If you are looking for your original birth certificate then please complete the Birth Certificate Order Form. Please note that you would need to know your original birth name if you choose this option.

Date of Birth

Please provide your full date of birth. This obviously will not have changed following the adoption order.

Adopted Father's Full Name

Please provide the father's full name including any given middle names.

Mother's Full Name

Please provide the mother's full name including any given middle names. This should be the mother's name at the time of the adoption order, rather than her birth or previous names.

Priority Service

Please indicate whether you require the certificate to be ready to dispatch in 15-20 working days on our standard service, or 3 working days on our priority service. Please note, You must make your order before 3pm for the 3 working day service to be availed. Any orders made after the 3pm cutoff point will add an extra day to the expected timescale.  For clarification, working days do not include weekends or bank holidays.

Apostille Required

Please indicate whether you need this certificate to be certified for use overseas (legalised) by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the speed with which this service should be carried out. For more information on this service, please see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section.

Scan and Send

Please indicate whether you would like a backup colour scan of the birth certificate emailed to you as it is dispatched. Please ensure that you include your email address when you complete your contact details during checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: If the adopted applicant is under 18, please supply information regarding at least ONE of the following:

  1. Court that granted the order.
  2. Address of parents at the time of adoption.


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