An adoption certificate is issued to an adopted person following the granting of an Adoption Order by the UK courts.
The Adoption Order is sent to the General Register Office (GRO), who make an entry in the Adopted Children Register. A new birth certificate is then produced by the GRO, and this is known as an adoption certificate. It generally takes approximately 4 weeks for an adoption certificate to be issued once an Adoption Order has been granted.
The GRO can issue a short form adoption certificate or a full certificate. The short form certificate makes no reference to the adoption and is titled Certificate of Birth. The full certificate contains all the information recorded on the Adopted Children Register.
A full certificate will contain the following information:
- Registration district, sub-district and county of birth
- Full adopted name of person born
- Date of birth
- Adoptive Father’s full name
- Adoptive Mother’s full name
- Address of adoptive parents
- Occupation of adoptive parents (not always shown)
- Date of Adoption Order
- Court where the adoption was administered
- Date the entry was registered
- Signature of the appointed officer
- Date the certificate was produced
Typically, a full certificate will be needed for administrative purposes as this contains more information.
Additional and replacement copies, can be ordered from the General Register Office.