Adoption Certificate

After an Adoption has been recorded in the Adopted Children Register. They replace any certificates of the original birth record and the adoption certificate should be used for all legal purposes. Copy Adoption Certificate

The certificate will normally include Full Adoption Name, Date of Birth, Sex, Place of Birth (where known), Adoptive Parent(s') name(s), their address and Occupation at time of adoption, Date of the Adoption Order and description of the court which made it; Date of entry into the Adopted Children Register.

Order a copy of a Adoption Certificate

Copy of a Adoption Certificate

Order a Replacement Adoption Certificate, suitable for legal uses. If you have lost your adoption certificate, or need one for family history purposes, this replacement copy will help you.

Duplicate Adoption Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:

Bank accounts
Social Security
Employer ID
Driving licence
Visas and Immigration

Replacement Adoption Certificates

All replacement adoption certificates we supply are fully certified copies which are suitable for all official purposes. Some reasons for obtaining a certificate include an application for marriage, applying for an academic course, applying for a passport or a driver's licence. One of the most common reasons is that the original certificate was lost or mislaid.

Replacement adoption certificates do not require a signed release or similar for the order to be processed. Nor does further documentation (e.g. driver's licence or passport) have to produced.
Generally, there will be no special needs for the order to be completed, beyond the initial supplying of information and payment.

Types of replacement adoption certificates

There are two types of adoption certificates, the full adoption certificate. This is a copy of the entry in the adoption register, giving all the recorded details, the short certificate. This only gives the child's full name, Date of Birth, Sex and (where known) country or district of birth. It contains no reference to the fact of adoption. It does not give the name and particulars of the adopted mother or adopted father. A short certificate is issued free of charge when an adoption is first registered.

There is no choice between non certified and certified - all certificates issued are certified. All certificates issued are issued with an official seal, some certificates have a raised seal or a stamped seal.

We can supply birth certificates from the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain (GB) England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and many overseas births where the location was once a British territory, or if the event was registered with a British consulate.

UK Records Office provides an apostille service to assist you in acquiring official UK Apostille Certificates for UK documents. The Apostille Certificate is normally requested by foreign authorities and organisations so that the document can be used for official purposes outside of the UK. It is also referred to as legalisation. This means that the documents have to be legalised correctly before you travel and often within a specific time period.

Require an Apostille (Legalised) UK Certificate? An Apostille is a certificate confirming that a signature or a seal on a certificate is genuine. The process of obtaining an Apostille is called Legalisation. Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country. Apostille Certificates issued in the UK will be accepted in the following countries without further legalisation. Order a UAE Legalisation Service,  Qatar Legalisation Service or Kuwait Legalisation Service or Egypt Legalisation Service.

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Replacement of a lost adoption certificate

Searches of the records in UKOS's Office for details of adoptions usually for copy certificates. Copy certificates can only be obtained via the online order form, the certificate would contain the adoption details first registered. The minimum information needed to find an entry is the name of the person, place of birth and year the adoption took place.

Replacement of a lost adoption certificate

The minimum information we will require for an adoption record in is:

  • Did the event take place at Wales?
  • Was the person adopted
  • Full name at the time of adoption
  • Year of adoption
  • Full name of Adopted Mother or Father

We can carry out searches of adoption records in the area for details of adoptions usually for copy adoption certificates. Copy adoption certificates can only be obtained via the online order form, the certificate would contain the adopted details first registered.

Apply via the Post

To apply via the post write to the following address:

Record Office UK
(Adoption Certificate)
4200 Waterside Centre
B 3 7 7 Y N