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PLEASE NOTE: If the adopted applicant is under 18, please supply information regarding at least ONE of the following:
Please be aware that any certificate issued after 2006 is only available directly from the General Register Office. 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.
Stated delivery times are in addition to the time taken to complete the service chosen.
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.
When you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email with your order reference. Our specialist team will personally check all of the information in your request. If there is any additional information required, or something needs clarification, we will get in touch as soon as possible.
Once the request information is ready, we will search the necessary archives in order to locate the correct record for you. We automatically cover a 5 year search each side of your given event date if required. Once the correct record is located, we will then request a duplicate certificate is issued and advise you via email that the request has been made.
As soon as the certificate is ready for dispatch, we will notify you that it's on its way. If you have requested a scan, we will email this to you at this point.
You can place your order online securely using all major credit and debits cards, as well as PayPal.
Give our team a call to place your order over the phone on 0330 088 1142. There is a £5 supplement per order if you wish to order a certificate in this way.
You can send an order form along with a Postal Order or Cheque drawn on an UK bank. Please ensure you include contact details should we have any queries.
If you'd prefer to place your order and make a bank transfer, this option is available during checkout. Please make sure you include your order number as a payment reference.
All timescales shown on the website refer to how long it will take us to process your request and have the document issued. Upon completion, we will send your order by the method chosen when your order has been placed.
We use a range of methods to ensure secured delivery of your documents. These are determined by the country you live in as follows:
All deliveries to UK addresses, including The Channel Islands and the Isle of Mann, are sent using Royal Mail. Services available include Standard First Class, Royal Mailed Signed For and Royal Mail Special Delivery (1PM).
Services for deliveries overseas vary dependent on your location. For most countries including the EU, North America and Australia, we offer Standard Royal Mail International post. This is not a tracked or insured postal method. We do offer Royal Mail International Track And Sign for an additional cost, available globally except the Middle East. If you require your certificate quickly, or are based in the Middle East we do offer a global courier service via UPS and DHL.
If you have opted for a signed service and no-one is available to sign for the delivery, the package will be taken back to the local sorting office or depot and you will be left a card asking you to collect the item or arrange for a reattempted delivery at a convenient time.
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Below you can order a replacement UK Adoption Certificate (Scotland) which is government-issued and guaranteed to be accepted by all UK authorities. Please feel free to call us on +44 (0) 330 088 1142 if you have any questions, or check the Guidance Notes below if you need any help completing your order.
Please Note: Adoption certificates for England and Wales are only available from 1927. For both Scotland and Northern Ireland they are available from 1930.
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 team on +44 (0) 330 088 1142 who will be happy to help.
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.
Please provide your full date of birth. This should not have changed following the adoption order. Adoption certificates registered in England or Wales are available from January 1st 1927 to the present day. For Scottish registrations, certificates have been available since 1930. For Northern Ireland it is 1931.
Please provide the full name of the first adoptive parent, including any given middle names.
Please provide the full name of the second adoptive parent, including any given middle names.
Please provide the name of the court at which the adoption order was made.
Please provide the year that the person was adopted in.
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 2pm for the 3 working day service to be availed. Any orders made after the 2pm cutoff point will add an extra day to the expected timescale. For clarification, working days do not include weekends or bank holidays.
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.
Please indicate whether you would like a backup colour scan of the certificate emailed to you as it is dispatched. Please ensure that you include your email address when you complete your contact details during checkout.
You can place your order online securely using all major creadit and debits cards, as well as PayPal.