Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the Registrar General. These relate to persons who have been adopted since 1 January 1927 under the Adoption Acts. A standard certificate is a full copy of the entry in the Adopted Children Register which, instead of particulars of parentage and birth registration, gives the date of birth (if known) and particulars of the adoption and adoptive parents. A short certificate shows only the name
and bears no reference to adoption. Applications for adoption certificates should be made in writing to General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD. DO NOT USE THIS FORM FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Applications for a standard certificate can also be made online. See www.direct.gov.uk for information.