adoption & birth

Adoption & Birth Certificates/Records

Obtaining regular adoption & birth certificates or records is normally a simple process when you work with a vital records provider. However, it can become a bit more confusing when you are looking to obtain adoption records or birth certificates through an adoption process. Whether you are looking for adoption records or a birth certificate after an adoption there are ways to find the information you need. Not every state and or adoption agency has the same standards when it comes to releasing adoption information, so it is important to check with your state or agency to find out their policies.

Adoption records are typically sealed after the adoption is finalized, but can be accessed if the proper steps are taken. Obtaining a birth certificate after an adoption isn’t hard unless you are looking for the original copy, or in some circumstances, when you’ve adopted internationally. Upon a final adoption, a birth certificate is changed or amended to change the name of the biological parents to the names of the adoptive parents. An amended birth certificate is given to the family after the adoption is final. The original copy of the birth certificate is normally placed in the adoption records and is sealed permanently. It is very common for the adoption records to be closed after the adoption is final, though some states and agencies leave this information open at the request of the biological parents. Typically only the adopted person, birth parents, or adoptive parents can file to access adoption records that are sealed. If you are looking to access sealed adoption records you will have to follow these steps:

  • Go to the county of the adoption and contact the county clerk to learn the rules about obtaining information a closed adoption. You may need to be the adopted person or be of a certain age to access records. Get a petition form.
  • Fill out the petition form and give it to the county court to review.
  • Once a court date is set, meet with the judge to explain why you need access to sealed adoption record information. Normally the reasons must be related to an emergency and not a personal reason. Medical reasons will often result in being granted access to adoption records. The judge will either grant or deny you access based on your reason.
  • If granted access you can either view information or request a confidential intermediary. If granted the confidential intermediary you will normally have to work with lawyer to gain the adoption information you are seeking from the biological parents. If the biological parents are deceased, access to un-sealed adoption records is normally granted.

If you are looking to obtain a birth certificate, you can trust VitalChek to help you. We are a leading government certified vital records provider. Visit us online to learn more about how easy it is to order your birth certificate!

286 Comments

  1. Hi,

    How many days it will take to apply a birth certificate for my son. With your birth certificate can I apply US PASSPORT. I need to travel India with in a month so I want birth certificate as soon as possible. My son born in Philadelphia “Penn Medicine”. For expedite birth certificate is there any extra fees?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      For the state of PA the fastest option is to go in person and obtain the birth certificate the same day. They have 6 different location with in the state that you can visit:
      Order in person at one of these 6 public office locations: Erie, Harrisburg, New Castle, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Philadelphia. If you no longer are in or near any of these locations then the next option is to order through vitalchek.com. We are the authorized service provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The most expedited processing time for PA is 5-20 business days and then shipped UPS Next Day Air Saver. The Birth certificate fee is 20.00, 10.00 processing fee & the UPS Shipping fee is 18.00. For more detailed information please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-255-2414 or visit vitalchek.com.
      To obtain a passport you will need to take your certified copy of the birth certificate to the passport office and place your order. That is a separate process.

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  2. I WAS ADOPTED AT BIRTH I AM 57 NOW,MY ADOPTED MOM AND DAD NEVER TOLD ME I WAS ADOPTED,I HAVE NEVER HAD A BIRTH CERTIFICATE,I HAVE TRIED FOR YEARS TO OBTAIN A BC,I WAS BORN IN MERCY HOSPITAL IN BALTIMORE MD,I KNOW MY BIRTH MOTHERS NAME AND HAVE A COPY OF A HOSPITAL RECORD OF BIRTH . MY BIRTH MOTHER IS DECEASED,AND MY ADOPTIVE PARENTS ARE AS WELL,I AM IN NEED OF A BC.WHAT SHOULD I DO?I HAVE WRITTEN TO DEPT OF VITAL STATISTICS THEY WERE UNABLE TO HELP.

    1. Hello Vicky and thank you for your question.
      Since you were adopted at birth you would want to make sure that you are entering your information from after adoption. You will not be able to order a birth certificate with your biological parents names on it. If you have already tried to order the record using your adopted parents information and they have been unable to assist you then you may want to verify if you were legally adopted. Make sure you are trying to order it from the correct office. There can be different procedures when ordering a certificate if you were adopted. You can contact the Baltimore office at 410-764-3038
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. What about a person who was adopted at birth, and after sixty-five years have been unsuccessful in finding out who her mother, father and possible siblings are? Who are able to find and release her sealed records?

        1. Hello King. If you haven’t done so already, we suggest you take advantage of the power of the internet to continue the search for more information. There are countless links for adoptee support groups and information about laws concerning access to adoption records. You may also want to contact the vital records agency that issued the post adoption birth certificate for more information on how to unseal a record.

    2. I am having a considerable amount of run around and problems obtaining an amended birth certificate. I was adopted 45 yrs ago and a passport accepted birth certificate is no where to be found. I am having difficulty with Albany and Onondaga County moving forward. It feels like every turn is a dead end.

      1. Good morning, Karen. Assuming your adoption was a legal adoption, your amended birth certificate should be available based on the following stipulations:
        – If you were born in NY State and adopted in NY State or in a different state, your birth certificate would be on file with the state of New York Vital Records.
        – If you were born in a different state and adopted in NY State, your birth certificate would be on file in the state where the birth occurred.
        – If you were born in NYC and adopted in NYC or in a different state, the certificate would be on file in the NYC Vital Records office.
        If you need further assistance or have any questions, please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

    3. Vicky, I just spoke w the Div of Vital Records. (I am a gray market adoption…) Anyway, they told me to have a Notarized letter written with “Mother’s” name, her dob, place of birth, Father’s info if known, my DOB, my name at birth if known, and ID, and $10. I am mailing it off this week and will pray to get the OBC. The amended is great, but we need our originals, don’t we!? :)))

  3. Hello, I wanted to know how do I go about changing my last name on my birth certificate to my fathers last name?

    1. Thank you for your question. In order to make a change to your birth certificate, you’ll need to contact the government agency that issued the certificate. The issuing agency’s name should be shown on the certificate you currently have. For a name change as an adult, the agency may require additional documentation showing that you’ve legally changed your name. Be sure to ask them what specific information is required once you contact the agency. Thank you.

  4. I am being required to submit verification of my relationship to my son for health insurance eligibility. We adopted him at birth (several years ago) and have the amended birth certificate with our names and his on it. The verification company is refusing to accept this as documentation. Is this legal?

    1. Thank you for your question. The best thing to do in your situation is to contact the vital record agency which issued the amended birth certificate for your adopted son and ask them regarding the acceptance of the certificate for insurance purposes. They should be able to provide you with the appropriate information. Thank you, and best of luck.

  5. this company is a joke tried using their service and had not sent all info needed… so they agreed to refund my 50 bucks yeah that never happened its been a yr or so and still no check beware of dealing w this company they are a scam!!!!

    1. Hello Craig and thank you for reaching out. We would like to apologize for the experience you had while using our service. If you could send us a direct email to Vitals.Research@vitalchek.com listing your VitalChek order number we would like to assist you in this matter. Unless an order is completed VitalChek should not have charged you for the order. We would like to make sure your order was not intercepted by a 3rd party site.
      VitalChek has been the official, government-authorized service for citizens to securely order certified birth certificates and other vital records from official government agencies nationwide. Other online services may not be authorized by the agency issuing birth records, and may charge additional fees without providing approved services or guaranteeing confidentiality of your data.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H

  6. Hi I was adoped when I was18 months old and I would like to know how do I get my l birth certificate that has my parent’s name on it and where I was born

    1. Hello Lisa and thank you for your questions. For you to obtain your original certificate you would usually have to go to the courts that finalized your adoption to see if that is available to you. Once someone is adopted that previous certificate is no longer a vital record available to be ordered. Depending on the adoption that record might not be able to be released ever. It is best that you contact the vital records office where you were born and ask them the procedure on obtaining your certificate before adoption. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  7. I was adopted at birth in Florida. I now know the name of my birth mother, and she is deceased. If I provide her death certificate, will I be able to get a copy of my original birth certificate? To the best of my knowledge, a bio father is not listed on the birth certificate.

    1. Hello Bill and thank you for your questions.
      Since every adoption is a little different and can also vary by the state the adoption was finalized in, you should start by contacting the courts where the adoption took place. Explain to them your situation and they will be able to assist you best or point you int the right direction. If you are not sure what court your adoption took place then you can try to contact the vital records office that issued your current birth certificate. If you need assistance locating that number please let us know and we’ll be happy to look that information up for you.
      We wish you the best of luck on obtaining your original birth certificate.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  8. Hi,
    I’m trying to get an original copy of my adoption birth certificate.I was adopted between the ages of 5 or 6. And I have a copy of my adoption birth certificate, however it’s just a copy I would like to have an original in my own personal records. Would I go through you guys and get from you or if I provided you with my copy of the birth certificate would you be able to find me an original?

    Thanks in advance for your help!!

    1. Hello Alexis and thank you for your questions.
      Unfortunately we at VitalChek can not assist in obtaining the original records once someone has been adopted. Once you are legally adopted a new birth certificate is created referencing all of the adopted information, such as, the adopted parents and your adopted name.
      The certificate from before the adoption is no longer available to order and would now be considered a court record and most of time it is a sealed court document depending on the details of the adoption. For further questions regarding your original birth certificate you should contact the court where the adoption was filed.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. Thanks for responding. Now that I’m rereading what I wrote. It does seem like I’m asking for my original birth certificate before my adoption but what I was really asking for is, a copy of my adoption birth certificate can you guys provide that?

        1. Yes Alexis, we can assist you in obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate. Please feel free to contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to assist.
          Thank you,
          Nichole H.

  9. I know that in California, birth certificates can be changed to show the adopted parents instead of the real parents.

    Is there any way I can find out what my birth certificate said before the change?

    Thank you

    1. Hello Sean and thank you for your question.
      Once an adoption takes place the original certificate becomes a court record and in typically sealed no longer available to access. You would have to go to the court where the adoption was finalized and depending on the details in the adoption they will be the ones to grant you access to that document.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

    2. Hi Sean, here is a good roundup of how to navigate the sealed records system in California: http://www.pacer-adoption.org/search-and-reunion/

      1. Great info for the State of California – thank you for sharing.

  10. Hi I was adopted from Russia about 12 years ago by a family in texas. I lost my birth certificate and trying to get a new one. it has been a hassle needles to say. I don’t talk to my parents anymore that adopted me and they are refusing to let me know where the adoption was held so I can start there. who would I need to contact in order to find out where the adoption was held if they aren’t willing to let me know? are how can I order one

    1. Hello Catherine,

      To find this information out with out any guidance can be difficult. However, I can say just from the rules we have listed for Texas when it comes to adoption and birth certificate filing it states as follows, if person was born in a different state, city, county or country and adopted in Texas, the certificate would be on file in the state/county/country where the birth occurred. With that being said I would still recommend the best place to start as far as knowing where to obtain a replacement certified birth certificate would be the State of Texas office of vital records. They should be able to guide you in the right direction.
      Here is a number that I found on the Texas government site when in regards to adoption –
      Adoption Records Vital Statistics: Tricia Ziegler 512-776-7388

      Hopefully this information will help.

      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  11. I was adopted in Florida how do I get a copy of my Final adoption decree from the court ? I did a lot of googling so far I need to write a letter to the courthouse $ 50 fee and copy of my Identification please let me know if this is correct do I need to physically be in court can I mail this to them since I moved away thanks

    1. Hello Rita and thank you for your question. You should contact the court where the adoption was finalized to find out exactly what is required to obtain a copy of your adoption records. They are the ones that can guide you best. Here at VitalChek we specialize in the ordering of vital records such as, birth (after the adoption), death, marriage and divorce certificates from the state and county vital records offices.
      Thank you again,
      Nichole H.

  12. Hi I’m 26 years old . I was in Forster care from the age of 7 . I got adopted in Brooklyn from my Forster mother at the time but she never gave me my amended birth certificate, For me to get her to help me with finding it is pretty hard . I was wondering if vitals records could help or if I can obtain it without her being present some other way? I do have my original birth certificate From before I got adopted .

    1. Thank you for your question. It sounds like the best thing for you to do is to contact the vital record agency that issued your adopted or amended birth certificate and request a copy. Since you are the person named on the birth certificate, and as long as you know the other information shown on the certificate like your adopted parents’ names, you are entitled to request your amended birth certificate. Thank you, we hope this information is helpful for you.

  13. My mom and step dad were married in 1982, when I was very young. He adopted me legally, but my birth certificate was never changed. In order for me to renew my drivers license, I need to show how I went from the name on my birth certificate to my current last name. How would I find these adoption records? I have looked on the county website, and since it is so old, it cannot be accessed. It was not a closed adoption. This was in Orange County, Florida. Thanks!

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      When a legal adoption takes place your birth certificate is changed through the courts. A new birth certificate is created and the old certificate, from before the adoption, is no longer available. You may need confirm that you were legally adopted. If you were born in the state of Florida and adopted in the state of Florida you can contact their office directly. Here is the contact information for that specific location and department: Adoption VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us (preferred) and (904) 359-6900 Ext. 9001
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. Hi Nicole,

        My question is similar to Katie’s. My husband adopted my son when we got married. My son was born in Minneapolis, MN and the adoption took place in Illinois. Where should he request a copy of his birth certificate, IL or MN? Thank you, Catherine

        1. Hello Catherine. Great question. According to the State of Illinois “If customer was born in a different state and adopted in Illinois, the certificate would be on file in the state where the birth occurred.” Therefore, your son could contact the state of Minnesota Vital Records to obtain a copy of his birth certificate or he could go to https://www.vitalchek.com/vital-records/minnesota and order it online.

  14. how do i get a copy of my birth certificate? at 3 months old i was adopted from Ebeye (part of the marshall islands) & came to live with my parents on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

    1. Hello Kela and thank you for your question.
      How or where you will obtain your birth certificate will depend on where your adoption was finalized. Were your parents working with the courts with in the state of Hawaii? If so you can contact the Hawaii vital records office to ordering your certified birth certificate https://vitrec.ehawaii.gov/vitalrecords/ or call their office directly at (808) 586-4533.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H

  15. how so i request a copy of my birth certificate if i was born in ebeye which is part of the marshall islands & i was adopted at 3 months & then lived in hawaii the rest of my life?

    1. Hello Kela and thank you for your question.
      How or where you will obtain your birth certificate will depend on where your adoption was finalized. Were your parents working with the courts with in the state of Hawaii? If so you can contact the Hawaii vital records office to ordering your certified birth certificate https://vitrec.ehawaii.gov/vitalrecords/ or call their office directly at (808) 586-4533.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H

  16. I was adopted as a baby and I’m in search of my birth mother but all I have is her name. I’m trying to find her birth date somehow and thought perhaps my birth certificate before my adoption would help provide some answers. I’ve been told the files are sealed. I’d there any possible way to get around this somehow and obtain a copy of my birth certificate with my birth parents on it

    1. Hello Cass and thank you for your question.
      You would have to contact the court where the adoption took place to find out if there is any way possible and what steps you’d need to take to obtain the information from before your adoption. Typically these records are sealed however depending on the specifics of your adoption there may be ways to obtain information.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  17. hi i have a question my child was adopted without me knowing 7 years ago and my daughters mother signed her parental rights over without me knowing..wow i know right but i am on child support for this child….wow again…. would i be able to get the new birth certificate being that i am the father but my name was not on the birth certificate….ps this is so so so confusing..

    1. Thank you for your question. The best thing to do in your unique situation is to contact the vital record agency in the city or state where your daughter was born. They would be responsible for issuing her birth certificate, and would be able to answer any questions about whether you would be able to request a copy of her certificate if you are not named on the document. For instance, if you have court documents showing that you are providing child support for your daughter, that may be appropriate documentation for the agency to provide you her birth certificate. We hope this is helpful for you. Thank you.

  18. hi I found my old birth certificate with my birth name (Michael J. Festa) on it before my mother remarried after my father died, and I was technically “adopted” by my step dad and my name was changed to his (Mueller)
    I have carried his name my entire life, and always hated it. I had no idea my mother still had my old birth certificate i would have thought they would require it in exchange for my new birth certificate that they printed (mueller)

    my question is what would happen if I went and tried to use my old birth certificate to obtain ID/apply for a new learners drivers license test, passport, etc,
    (PS I am only 23)

    or would they have record of my name change in the system, and when i tried it wouldnt work and they would say we have no name in our database under this name anymore it was replaced with michael mueller..

    what do u think??

    please email me your professional opinion!!
    mikefesta@live.com

    1. Hello Miek – I wouldn’t recommend you use your original birth certificate due to the fact that is no longer your legal name. If the department of motor vehicles did issue a drivers license with your old name this could cause problems for you down the road. If you’ve already had a passport in your correct name and then go to renew it or obtain another one they will need to know how your name legally changed. Along with that it has been suggested that birth certificates issued more than 15 years ago be reordered due to the updated certification that most states have added to their records. If you ever needed to order a birth certificate it would ONLY be available in your current legal (adopted) name. The copy of your original birth certificate (before the adoption) is no longer available in the vital records office.
      If you would like to change your name legally to “Festa” you can have this done in the name change courts. Once that is complete you can provide your legal name change documents to the amendments department at the vital records. They will then update your birth certificate to reflect the legal name change. Doing it the right way will help avoid any future issues.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  19. Hello,

    My fiance and I are trying to get his birth certificate. He was born in CA and adopted in IL when he was 12. His name was changed on his birth certificate at that time. We just need a certified copy of his birth certificate post his name change to get our marriage license. We do not want the original record as that is not his current name and it has since been changed. We seem to be on a wild goose chase and keep getting passed from person to person, all of whom cannot offer solid guidance. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly in advance.

    Laura H.

    1. Hello, and thank you for your question. Generally, the best place to start is the state, county and/or city where the adoption was filed – in this case it sounds like that would be in IL. Since the situation can become complicated, it may be best to contact the State of Illinois Vital Records Office and ask about the process to obtain the amended birth certificate showing the name change from the adoption. In most cases at the time the adoption was filed and the individual’s name was legally changed, the amended birth certificate may also be sent to the vital records agency where they were born (in this case California). We hope this is helpful, and best of luck to you and your fiancé.

  20. Hi there!
    I hope you haven’t already answered this, I did look, just didn’t seem to find anything.
    I’m trying to start a family tree and my father’s mother (my grandmother) was adopted she also died when he was young so he doesn’t remember much. I have found out her birthday, date of death, birthname, marriage, and death certificates. Is their anyway to figure out who her birth parents were? And how do I go about doing it?

    1. Hello, April. Thanks for your question regarding your grandmother’s birth parents. You will first need to find out where your grandmother’s adoption took place. Adoption records are typically sealed so you will have to contact the court system that processed her adoption to find out whether the information can be provided to you and what steps if any you can take to obtain it. Hope this helps.

  21. A friend of mine needs a copy of her birth certificate, but she does not know the name of her birth father. Her mother refuses to tell her who her birth father is, and the agency refuses to issue a copy of the birth certificate without the name of her birth father. She lives in NY (was not born in the city).

    Do you know if there’s an appeals process for situations like this? Either internally within agencies or externally in a court? Or would your company issue her a birth certificate, even if she didn’t know the name of her birth father?

    1. Hello Sarah and thank you for your question regarding your friend’s birth certificate. If she was born in the state of NY but not one of the five boroughs, she will need to reach out to the State of New York Vital Records for guidance. Here is a link with more information. http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records

  22. Hello,

    I am wanting to order a copy of my birth certificate, but I want to make sure that I have all the information correct before doing so. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Kentucky at age 13 to live with family. I was legally adopted by my aunt and uncle in Kentucky at age 17, after being in and out of state care. I have since moved to Tennessee (April 2016) and would like to know exactly what information has been changed on my birth certificate since being adopted (names, dates, cities?). I have never owned a copy of my birth certificate pre-adoption or post-adoption so I am unsure what information I would need.

    A secondary question is: What would be the most efficient way (assuming I have all the information I need) in obtaining a copy of my birth certificate (mail, in person, etc.) since I live in Tennessee? I only need this document so I can obtain a Tennessee driver’s license.

    Thanks so much for any and all information on this subject. Better safe than sorry!

    1. Hello Katee. Thank you for your questions. Since you mention that you were legally adopted, a new certificate should have been issued at the time of your adoption. While your adoption occurred in Kentucky, according to Louisiana Vital Records “If customer was born in LA and adopted in a different state, the certificate would be on file in the state of Louisiana. Therefore, your birth certificate order will need to be processed by the state of Louisiana rather than Kentucky. You may order online at https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates/louisiana. Hope this helps.

      1. Thank you for your reply! That helps tremendously. I have never seen a copy of my birth certificate even after adoption, so would you know exactly what information would have changed? I want to be sure when I place an order for one that I have all the correct information.

        1. Glad to be of assistance, Katee. Your original birth certificate would have listed you birth parent(s) name(s). The post-adoption certificate should list your adoptive parents’ names. When you go to order your certificate, you will be prompted to enter both your mother and father’s names. You will want to enter your adoptive parents’ names. If you have more questions during the ordering process, please feel free to call us at 800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  23. Hello,

    I have a brother who is 37 years old right now, he was adopted when he was 3 years old but he was born in Mexico. We are wondering if people like himself are issued a Birth certificate after finalizing adoption?. Also, how can he use that in his defense against getting deported?

    1. Hello Francisca. Thank you for your question. If your brother was legally adopted by parent(s) who were U.S citizens, there is most likely a new birth certificate on file in the U.S. city adoption took place. Your brother could contact the State Vital Records for assistance. Regarding his citizenship status as it relates to his adoption, he can find out more general information at https://www.uscis.gov/adoption/your-child-immigrates-united-states.

  24. I have recently turned 18 and moved out of my parents home. Since that time and their disapproval they have been keeping my birth certificate and social security card from me. I have been talking to them for months now about how I can’t get into college without them , they still refuse…. I did just recently receive my social security card using my high school transcripts but when I applied for my birth certificate I was told I needed an identification card which I do not have. I did receive a copy from my school but the South Carolina DMV would not take a copy and I can’t get my birth certificate without an identification card… I am at a standstill in my life right now because I desperately need my documents.   Please If there is anything else I could get or use or what I need please help; any information would be helpful, at least a starting point.  I have my high school transcripts, social security card, and letters from my teachers where I attended school… thanks so much for all your help … I was born in Miami Florida and adopted in SC…are there any other documents I can mail in to prove who I am?
    Sent from my iPhone

    1. Hello Shackira and thank you for your question. We are sorry to hear you are experiencing difficulty obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate. When you were adopted, your birth certificate should have been amended to reflect your new name and the names of your adoptive parents. Even though your were adopted in South Carolina, your post adoption birth certificate should be on file at Vital Records in Miami. While you are having trouble obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate without a valid photo ID, it may be possible to order it online and answer a series of verification questions to prove your identity. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com. Include the details of your issue and your phone number and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  25. I would like to obtain a copy of my original birth certificate for genealogical purposes and to search for long lost family members. I was born and raised in the City of New York (five Boroughs) and was adopted at the age of ten (I am now 27) in the City of New York. I currently live in another state. What would be the proper first steps to obtaining this document? Is it even possible to obtain this document?

    1. Hello Stephon. Thank you for your question. Depending on the circumstances of your adoption, you may or may not be able to obtain the information you are seeking. We recommend you contact the court system that handled your adoption to determine if that information is available to you.

  26. Hi

    my name is patrice golson- lindsay i got idopted
    im trying to get my birth certificate and i dont have any idenfication to get it , can i use my brother for idenfication he has my last name which he has the last name which is ( uturah golson) and i thinking could he sign off it since he is my brother

    1. Hello Patrice. Thank you for your question about obtaining a birth certificate without identification. Not all states have the same requirements for identity verification. Some state allow for alternate forms of identity verification such as utility bills with your current address or answering a series of identity verification questions. We recommend you contact the Vital Records agency in the state where you were born to determine if alternate forms of identity verification are available.

  27. I cannot put my daughter on my insurance because my name is not on her birth certificate. She will be 19 in March and i need this done asap! I am her real father but just cannot prove i am 🙁 How do i go about getting my name on her birth certificate so i can get her on my insurance at work?

    1. Hello Eric. Thank you for your question. We recommend you contact the Vital Records agency where your daughter was born for more information regarding the requirements for amending your daughter’s birth certificate.

  28. I was born in California but adopted Florida. I have my social security number and a “copy” (when I went to the dmv they said it was not valid and I needed an original). I am a citizen of California so I can order my birth certificate here?

    1. Hello Maudi. Thank you for your question. Persons who were born in the State of California and later adopted (in California or elsewhere) or had a legal name change can only obtain their records from the California Department of Public Health. More information about the process is available at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx

  29. I was born in Pennsylvania and on my birth certificate it has my mother and my biological fathers name on it. My mother and father were never married.They split up a year after I was born. A year later my mother got married to man to whom this day he is my adopted Dad. I am now living with a different last name that is on my birth certificate. When I was adopted we took our adopted father’s last name. Now I am almost 16 years old and I would like my BC to have my new last name on it and if possible my adopted father’s name too. The adoption and name change all happened in the state of Virginia. How do I obtain this certified documentation so that I can apply for a future job and college applications and even a passport. I would greatly appreciate any information that you could provide me. Thank you

    1. Hello Natalie! Thanks for your question. It sounds as if your adoption was a legal adoption so an amended certificate with your new name should have been filed with Pennsylvania vital records once the adoption was complete. You can reach Pennsylvania Vital Records at 724-656-3100 or 844-228-3516 and they may be able to verify that they have your amended certificate on file. Once you have confirmed the name change has taken place, you can order a new birth certificate online at https://www.vitalchek.com. We advise that you order your new birth certificate long before you need it since Pennsylvania is experiencing heavy order volume. As a result, order processing time can exceed 6-8 weeks.

  30. I have a half brother who was given up for adoption at birth, in Ohio in 1990. My dad was never on the birth certificate, and it was a closed adoption, so I’ve hit lots of walls trying to find out more info. My dad said the adoptive parents were from Kansas City. The mother has passed away and if he ever goes looking, she would be the only person on the original birth certificate. He probably doesn’t even know he has biological siblings. Can you suggest any other steps I could take?

    1. Hello Chastily. Thanks for reaching out with your questions regarding the adoption of your half brother. An internet search on “How to find and adopted sibling” will yield a number of resources. Click this link for a few suggestions on how to get your search started. We wish you luck in your search.

  31. My BC has an A after the number. It is a Louisiana issued record. What does the A stand for. Have searched the web and can not find out. I’m assuming it means that it has been amended.

    1. Hello Ethan. Thank you for your question. You can contact the Louisiana Vital Records Central Office at (504) 593-5100 . They may be able to answer your question regarding the “A” after the number on your birth certificate.

  32. Hello, I finalized an adult adoption this year. She was my foster child from the age of 3-12 and for her 24th birthday she asked us to adopt her. We had an attorney finalize the adoption and i have certified court copies of the adoption. She was born in NY but the adoption was in FLA. How do I apply for her amended Birth certificate with mine and my husbands name on it?

    1. Hello Veronica. Thanks for reaching out with your question. According to NY Vital Records, if a person was born in NY State and adopted in NY State or in a different state, the certificate would be on file in the state of New York. If a person was born in NYC and adopted in NYC or in a different state, the certificate would be on file in the NYC office. Therefore, you will either need to contact NY State Vital Records or NYC Vital Records to order her amended certificate. You can also order online through Vitalchek.com. Please feel free to contact us at Vitals.Research@VitalChek.com if you need assistance.

  33. Hi. My boyfriend was adopted and he has hit so many dead ends trying to get any information about his birth mother or any other information for that matter that he’s become very depressed. He has finally opened up to me and has allowed me to help him find out how or where to find out about his adoption. He was born at U.S.C medical center in Los Angeles, Ca.
    It seems that his birth mother abandoned him immediately after birth and therefore he was subsequently put into the foster system and went from one foster home to another until the age of 4 when his now adoptive parents legally adopted him and a new birth certificate was then issued with the names of his adoptive parents.
    No one knows whether or not his birth mother is alive or dead, or what her REAL name is for that matter. He needs help (several aspects)and I believe that finding out his birth information might shed some light on the things he is going thru but where can we start? No one has been able to give him any information. Is it possible to go to the hospital where he was born and request medical records of his birth? He’s 23yrs old by the way.

    1. Hello Mora. Thanks for your question regarding your boyfriend’s desire to locate his birth mother. Most likely his original birth records were sealed when his adoption was finalized so going to U.S.C. Medical center may not provide any insight. The California Department of Social Services administers a Mutual Consent Program whereby contact can be arranged between adult adoptees and birth parents if each has completed a Consent for Contact form. He can register for the program with the hope that his birth mother has done the same. There are also numerous support groups for adoptees that offer moral support and suggestions on how to conduct a search. Use search terms such as “adoption registries,” “adoption support groups,” “adoption reunion registries,” etc. to find groups that may best assist him. He can also look for support groups on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. We wish you the best in your search.

  34. I was adopted by my step mom when I was 10. I did not want this to happen. I have kept in contact with my paternal mom all these years. I want to have my birth certificate back to the original with my paternal mom back on my birth certificate. I no longer want my step mom on there. How do I change my new certificate back to my original? Thank you

    1. Good morning, Sandra. Thank you for your question. More than likely, it would require a reversal of your adoption to have your birth mother listed on your birth certificate again. We recommend you start by contacting the courts where your adoption took place for guidance.

  35. Hi –
    We recently adopted our daughter from China and need a NY birth certificate to get her a passport. How do I obtain this?

    1. Hello Marisa. Thanks for your question. According to NY guidelines If a person was born in a different country and adopted in NY State, including New York City, the certificate would be on file in the state of New York. If you have questions or comments you may contact New York State Vital Records by email at vr@health.ny.gov or by telephone, toll-free, at 855-322-1022.

  36. Hi–
    I was adopted as an infant in Indiana. My adoptive parents have since moved me cross-country. I don’t have any information about my birth parents, and the only thing I know is my original first name and DOB. I don’t have a last name to use in my search and my adoptive parents are deceased. How do I proceed?

    1. Hello Jehlani. Thanks for reaching out to us. If you were legally adopted in Indiana, your birth certificate should be available through Indiana Vital Records and would reflect your adopted name rather than your birth name. Since you mentioned that you no longer live in Indiana, you may want to order your birth certificate online through VitalChek.. If you have any questions during the process you can email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  37. My uncle was born in 1957 in nyc. He recently went to get a replacement birth certificate. They can’t find any record of his birth. He was told to go to the board of ed to see if they have a copy since he would’ve needed one in order to enroll in school. He has valid nys license, social security card etc.. The board of ed turned him away saying they couldnt find it either. What else can he do? Can the nyc dept of vital records just say “hey, we cant find it, you’re out of luck bye bye”? There has to be something he can do. Any ideas?

    1. Thank you for your question Robert. While the NYC vital records office would be the proper agency responsible for issuing birth certificates for births occurring within any of the 5 NYC boroughs, if they are unable to locate any certificate you may want to contact the NY State vital records office to see if the birth was recorded outside of the NYC boroughs. While the State office does not issue certificates for NYC-specific births, if the birth was recorded outside of NYC they may have the record. If no record can be located in either agency, they may be able to advise you as to what else can be done for your uncle. Thank you, and best of luck in your search.

  38. Hello this may be a tricky one. I was adopted (exactly what age is questionable). I was born in Washington DC, my family is from Lynchburg VA but my adoption was finalized in NY. I have been searching for years now for my birth family but of course I am getting the run around between the 3 locations. I have my adoption papers with what I believe is my birth name on it. Can I get a birth certificate if i know my full birth name? I noticed on the application it ask only for your maiden name and current legal name.

    1. Good morning, Kim. Thanks for reaching out to us. If your adoption was legalized in New York State, your birtch certificate should be on file under your adopted name with New York State Vital Records If your adoption was finalized in New York City, your birth certificate will be on file with New York City Health. You can obtain an official copy of your birth certificate directly through the vital records agency or you may be able to order online through our website at https://www.vitalchek.com. We hope this is helpful for you. Best regards.

  39. I have a copy of my birth certificate from New York and tried to get a passport but it was declined because the birth certificate does not have my parents full name on it. How do I get one that does? I don’t want to pay another $30 for nothing.

    1. Hello Mary Jo. We’re sorry to hear that you encountered problems with your birth certificate while trying to get your passport. Some states provide different forms of birth certificates depending on what you intend to use it for. When you order your birth certificate, be sure to specify that you need it for travel/passport purposes. If you have any questions you can email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  40. OK so I have a really huge question to ask. I was born in Ga and raised out in Utah due to foster homes I came to a home that adopted me. What do I need to get a updated birth certificate if I changed my name. And the adoption process took place back in Utah

    1. Hello Steven. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. According to Georgia guidelines, if you were born in Georgia and adopted in a different state, your birth certificate would be on file in the state of Georgia. You can contact the vital records office in Georgia for more information on ordering an updated birth certificate or you can order it online through Vitalchek.com

  41. Hi i was adopted from poland and im 20 and i wanna find out my medical background and also know my last name and even where i was actually adopted from

    1. Hello Dan. Thanks for reaching out to us. We appreciate that you, as an adoptee, would like to learn more about your background. We suggest you seek out support groups for international adoptees. Hopefully they will have some valuable pointers that will help you find a starting point for your search for more information. We wish you the best.

  42. My adopted daughter found me a couple years ago, and we want to find her original birth cert. She was born in Iowa, and adopted in Ca. Do we have to petition the state of Iowa for it? Does it have to go through the county court house, where the birth was? Does Iowa unseal records if both the biological mother and father and child agree?
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Dawn. Thanks for reaching out to us. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the county in Iowa where your daughter was born to find out whether that record is still accessible and what steps you will need to take in order to get it. We wish you the best.

  43. Hello. I am a current employee of a supported living company.I am currently working with a wonderful individual who yet still seeks to this very day information of being able to get a print out of his actual birth certificate. It has been a very un easy process due to the fact that when he was adopted in 1955, no records have been available to assure him with a state i.d. Please can anyone here assist me with information on how and where would I start to gain information?

    1. Good morning. Since the gentleman you reference was adopted in 1955, it is possible that his original pre-adoption birth certificate is no longer available. If he knows where his adoption took place, he might contact the court system that processed the adoption for more information. If he knows where he was born,he could also try to contact the vital records agency in that area to see if they can offer any guidance for moving forward with this search. We wish you luck.

  44. Where do I go in Indianapolis to face a court and
    Ask em to let me into sealed adoption agency and get birth certificate because the ones in Los Angeles California will not let me have my birth certificate from my real parents and told me to go to court and get approved to break the seal. So where do I go in Indianapolis Indiana to face the judge and get one please… I need website, address, phone numbers. Thank you

    1. Hello William. Thanks for reaching out to us. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to answer your questions. You may want to contact the vital records department at Marion County Public Health Department to see if they can point you in the correct direction. We hope you find the answers you are looking for.

  45. Good morning,

    I was born in Iowa and put up for adoption in Los Angeles California. I am 64 years old. I have all my non identifying information and have taken the Ancestry DNA test. Both of my birth parents are deceased am I able to get my birth certificate unsealed? By the way I was adopted through the Childrens Home Society of California.

    1. Hello Linda. Iowa guidelines state that a court order is necessary to unseal a birth record but it is unclear if that is waived after the passing of both birth parents. We suggest you contact the vital records agency in the city/county in Iowa where you were born for more information on what steps you will need to take. You may also want to contact the agency in California that processed your adoption. We wish you luck in your search.

  46. Hello,
    My niece was born in California, she was adopted outside of the U.S. The adoptive parents want to make changes to her
    birth certificate. Changing the last name and adding their names as the parents. Do they have to go to California to make the
    changes or does it have to be done where the child was adopted?

    1. Hello Sharon. With legal U.S. adoptions, a new birth certificate with the adoptive parents names and the child’s new last name is typically issued once the adoption is complete. This new birth certificate is usually on file with the vital records agency that issued the child’s original birth certificate. Since your niece was adopted outside the U.S., it is uncertain whether a new birth certificate has been issued. We suggest her adoptive parents contact the vital records agency in California that issued the original birth certificate to see if they have the new one on file. They should also check to see if a new birth certificate is available through the agency that handled the adoption.

      1. I don’t think they went through and agency. My sister-in-law was ill and so they took her back home for her last days.
        So her sister has been raising her daughter since she was a baby. They went through the court process and the adoption
        was granted. They told the Adopted parents that they had to go to California where the original birth certificate was
        issued to make the changes.

        1. Hello Sharon. Based on the additional information you provided, they will need to contact the vital records agency in the county in California where your niece was born. That agency should be able tell them what steps need to be taken and documentation is needed to amend the birth certificate.

  47. I was able to get my court adoption paperwork …all 16 pages by walking into the Santa Barbara Superior Court house with my adopted mother . My mother then asked for the records and they gave them to her!!Just like that!! Of course they had no clue that I was the adopted child.

  48. Well where do I start.
    I was born in Luxemburg, Ge. I was adopted by
    Military people they where station over there for about 3 years,
    3 years. Then they came back to the United States
    Which was Cook County which is Chicago, Il..
    I have a foreign birth certificate but never thought.
    Both of my adopted parents are dead. And i don’t have any proff
    Of being a US citzen
    I need proof of being a US citzen to carry a haz-mat endorsement on my liences
    The job that i had for 17 years let me go because of the new laws state that
    I have too prove im a US Citzen to carry a haz-mat liences.
    I love that job so much and i was wanting to retire there but they let me go.

    1. Hello Steven. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough information to definitively point you in the right direction but here are a few suggestions. If you were legally adopted by U.S. citizens a new birth certificate should have been issued post adoption. If you know which state your adoption was processed in, you could contact the vital records agency in that state for further guidance. So, if your parents were citizens of Illinois and processed your adoption through Illinois courts, you might contact Illinois Vital Records (312-814-2793) for further guidance on getting your birth certificate. Another suggestion would be to contact the U.S. Consulate in DC for assistance. Their phone number is 202-485-8300. We wish you luck in this endeavor.

  49. I adopted my nephew three years ago in Arizona. We recently had some water pipes break and the adoption papers are badly damaged and not
    Legible. I need a copy of the adoption records so that I can prove I am his legal guardian. He has a lot of Psychological illness and is currently in the hospital. He needs to go to a residential treatment facility and they are requiring a copy of his adoption as proof of guardianship. How do I get this? I need it within 5 days.

    1. Hello Bercha. Sorry to hear about your situation. We suggest you contact the agency in Arizona that handled the adoption 3 years ago. They should be able to advise you on how to obtain copies of the adoption papers. We wish you well.

  50. My biological parents were born in Canada and are both deceased. I was born in Buffalo, New York. During high school, I began living with a family from church and was legally adopted by them at the age of 33. I was adopted at such an “old” age because there was a large inheritance, and the lawyers recommended it. I do not recall knowing that I would not be able to get a copy of my original birth certificate again.

    Now I am 60. I would like to enact my dual citizenship with Canada. However, they need my original birth certificate to prove my biological parents name, I have my biological parents Canadian birth certificates. I am sure I used that original birth certificate when I got my first passport, can I retrieve that copy?

    Clearly, I knew both my birth family and my adoptive family, since I was adopted at age 33. What are my options?

    1. Hello Karen. You may want to contact the agency that handled your adoption to see if your original birth certificate is part of the adoption record and if it is possible for you to get a copy of it.

  51. Hey Larissa. So, I’m shown as being born in North Carolina in the mid 90s. My birthdate is accurate, and my filing date is within three days of my birthday. But, the date the certificate was issued, is two years after my birthday. Is this, along with the fact that it’s not an original, be evidence that I was adopted?

    1. Hello Chris. Thanks for reaching out with your question. It would be hard to make that determination based on the limited amount of information you have provided. Certified copies of birth certificates are required for a number of things ranging from pre-school and school registration to youth sports registration to passports, etc. so it is entirely possible that it was requested and issued for a need such as these.

  52. Hi. My son was adopted by me. How would I get a
    copy of the amended birth certificate with my name on it? I’m in Miami, Florida. I never received a copy when the adoption went through.

    1. Hello Suzy. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Usually, but not always, the amended birth certificate will be on file with the vital record agency in the state where the birth took place. If you email the place of your son’s birth and the place of the adoption to vitals.research@vitalchek.com, we can tell you which vital record agency should have the amended certificate on file.

  53. I was born in New Jersey and adopted in south carolina. My last name was changed by the courts even though the judge was directed to keep me and my brothers names the same. All of my other documents are still in my birth name and i dont have a copy of either because i need one for the other. My adoptive parent is deceased and I cant obtain a drivers license as well as other things this dilemma is preventing me from. At this point I have two identities and I cant move forward with my life without these documents. I have been trying to obtain my BC for over 7 years and I keep getting the run around. I am 28 years old now with no way to prove my identity. What steps can I take and who do I need to talk to so that I can at least get my birth certificate.

    1. Hello Shaleika. Thanks for reaching out to us. We’re sorry to hear of your dilemma. According to the information we have, if you were born in NJ and adopted in a different state, your post-adoption birth certificate will be on file in the state of New Jersey. We suggest you contact NJ Vital Records to find out what alternative forms of identification you can provide to prove your identity and receive your birth certificate. We wish you luck.

  54. My order was canceled by Buffalo city because I was adopted and they can’t help me. (69019231 ) How do I get a birth certificate if I was born in Buffalo and adopted thru Erie County? everyone I speak with tells me it will be 8 to 10 weeks and I need it ASAP for a passport to fly out Sept 1st. I’ve called the state and they keep sending me to you and I when I fill out your form it gets rejected

    1. We’re sorry to hear you are having issues with your order. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com so we may assist you.

  55. I was born in PA and adopted at age 5 by my mother’s new husband. At the time of adoption we lived in CA.
    Where do I need to go to get a copy of any and all adoption records? Would it be in PA or CA?
    Also, can I get a copy of my original birth certificate – not the amended one with a new name?

    1. Hello Katrina. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question regarding your birth records. We suggest you contact the agency that handled your adoption in California to request copies of your adoption records. The terms of your adoption will dictate whether you are able to obtain a copy of your original birth certificate. If you wish to obtain a copy of your post-adoption birth certificate, it will be on file with Pennsylvania Vital Records. You may order directly through them or with expedited processing through VitalChek.com. Be advised that PA is currently experiencing heavy order volume so regardless of who you order from, processing times may be upwards of 25-35 business days.

  56. Good day, I through I was adopted, but it I was not. I was only given to be fostered, I have been trying to get my original
    birth certificate from defax ga, they informed me I was never adopted, I have a birth certificate with my foster parents name on it. The hospital I was born in redacted my biological parents names with out a court order, and would not give me the unredacted medical papers, my question is how can I get the original birth certificate and the original medical papers?

    1. Hello Tim, and thank you for your question. Since your situation involves certain legal issues surrounding your birth certificate, it may be best to check with a family law professional or someone who understands and works with adoption and foster parent cases. They may be able to assist you navigate the process to obtain your original birth certificate and medical records. We wish you the best of luck in this process.

  57. Hello, My father-in-law was adopted back in 1931. The Texas and Health Human Services stated they couldn’t find a match when they interned it into their database.
    It appears the adoption was arranged independently of a child placing agency- attorney or doctor. Most likely it was with a doctor because his adopted mother was a nurse.
    I know I have to have a notarized letter authorizing my to get the information need to find his adoption records. It seems I keep hitting a road
    block. I hope you can provide me with some information that could possible put me on the right track!

    1. Hello Tina. Thank you for reaching out for assistance. You may want to seek assistance from a legal professional or agency that can help you navigate the process of finding and obtaining the documentation you are seeking. We wish you luck in your search.

  58. Hello I’m from Puerto Rico and in 2008 I had to get a new birth certificate. I just recently noticed that my name on the birth certificate is incorrect. How do I find out if this was a mistake in the processing side or if this is the name they put down for my original birth certificate.

    1. Hello Keyshla. Thanks for your question. We recommend that you contact the vital records issuing agency in Puerto Rico to determine if the discrepancy is in fact a mistake.

  59. Hello, my grandma was adopted and my mom is trying to find her birth parents names . my grandma was adopted in CA when she was 3. She knows her birth mothers name but not father. Is my mom able to get her moms adoption records since they are both deceased ?

    1. Hello Lindsay. Thanks for reaching out with your question. States may have different regulations on unsealing adoption records so a good place to start your search may be with the California Department of Public Health Vital Records Division. They may be able to tell you if and under what conditions those adoption records would be available and/or what agencies may be able to assist you.

  60. My name is Shannon. I was born in Alabama, but I live in florida now. U ordered and paid for my birth certificate and was sopossed to get it between 2 to 3 days well then I got a Email bc for some reason since my grandparents adopted me in 1989 so now they said they need another $20 before I can order it. Do u know why they do that? I am already paid them almost $59. Please help. They said the $20 was for a adoption fee.

    1. Hello Shannon. If you placed an order for your birth certificate through VitalChek.com, please email your order number to vitals.research@vitalchek.com so we may assist you.

  61. So my husband 50 received his birth certificate from his parents showing a different last name then he has used his entire life ( my children and I also have his last name) apparently they never actually did the paperwork what does he need to do now is all of our marriage licence , and kids birth certificates, mortgage ,
    etc not legal how do we correct this??? What a mess do we all have to change our names ??

    1. Hello Jennifer. Sorry to hear about your predicament. It may be that the easiest course of action would be for him to change his last name on his birth certificate to match the name he has been using all these years rather than everyone having to change their names on all the documents involved. This will more than likely require petitioning the courts for a legal name change but we suggest you start by contacting the Vital Records agency in the state where he was born. They should be able to offer you some guidance on how to proceed. We wish you the best in resolving this situation.

  62. Hello!
    I wanna knw if my husband’s sister can put our name as parent to her newbaby certificate after birth or do we have to go through other stuff…we all have the same lastname

    1. Hello Marie. Each state may have their own set of guidelines regarding adoptions and how they are handled. For more information about this, we suggest you start by contacting the vital records agency in the area where the baby will be born and also seek some legal advice from a reputable agency that handles adoptions. Best wishes!

  63. Hi,
    I have someone who want to know about her background. She was born and adopted in China before moving to the US. What resources can I help her to find more info about her birth parents and etc?

    1. Hello Jessica. Thanks for reaching out to us but unfortunately your questions are out of our wheel house. Your friend may want to reach out to a genealogy service for assistance. Another avenue to explore would be to search out support groups for people who were adopted in other countries. Good luck with the search.

  64. Hello,
    My friend is adopted and found out her birth mom passed away. You don’t kno anything about her but her name and birth date. Is she able to get a copy of the mom birth certificate even if she doesn’t have her grand parents information?

    1. Hello Adell. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Each state has different guidelines for entitlement to vital records and in this case where adoption is involved there may be additional complications. We suggest your friend contact the Vital Records Agency in the state where her birth mom was born to find out if she meets the entitlement requirements.

  65. Hello, my husband and I just applied for passports for travel in 8 weeks. The passport agent said that we my have a delay in issuing for my husband because he was adopted at age 5 and don’t have any adoption papers anymore. My husbands name on the birth certificates is the same as he is using now. What type of issues might come up and what can I do to avoid them? Thank you

    1. Hello Renee. We appreciate you reaching out with your question but unfortunately, it is not something we can answer for you. We suggest you contact the passport office for clarification on the agent’s statement and guidance on what steps to take.

  66. Hello my sons mom claim abandonment so her husband could adopt my son and change his name we live in Florida will my son be able to find the real birth certificate if he needs to or is it gone ? I just found out she moved him to Texas this week but I fought in court and they took my rights she had a lawyer and I didn’t

    1. Hello Eddie. Sorry to hear about your situation. If your son was legally adopted by his birth mother’s current husband, there is a possibility that the records are sealed meaning he will not have access to the original birth certificate in the future.

  67. I was put up for adoption in California but was adopted in arizona, where or who do I petition to for my adoption documents, I need them asap for my fafsa for college.

    1. Hello Michael. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. If you were born in California, we suggest you start by contacting the state of California Vital Records for assistance with obtaining your post adoption birth certificate. They may also be able to offer guidance with any other records you may need to obtain.

  68. My daughter would like to get her post adoption birth certificate. What is the process?
    She was adopted at 6 months old she is now 21 what information do she need to have?

    1. Hello Carmen. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Generally speaking, post adoption birth certificates will be issued by the Vital Records Agency in the area where the person was born rather than where the adoption took place. Your daughter can contact the vital records agency in the state where she was born for more information. If ordering online is more convenient for her, she can visit VitalChek.com to begin the process. She can always reach out to us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com if she needs assistance during the ordering process.

  69. Hi. I want to obtain a birth certificate with my father’s biological parents on it. He was born and adopted in Connecticut.
    He is now deceased, and we are trying to do some genealogy, which we need his biological parents name for.
    Would that be the amended birth certificate? Or would I have to search further to see if we can obtain the original?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Casey. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You will more than likely have to search further to see if you can obtain the original birth certificate. You may want to contact CT vital records or courts to determine if they will unseal adoption records once the parties involved are deceased.. Good luck with your search.

  70. Hi, I hope someone can help. I was adopted twice – once by my bio mother’s second husband, and again by my maternal grandmother when I was 13. The birth certificate in my possession has my last name at birth. I never received an amended birth certificate. The state of Florida requires the amended certificate to get my driver’s license here. I just ordered a new birth certificate with my current last name through vitalchek. I was born in NJ, adopted in FL. Do you think I’ll have any problems receiving the amended certificate from NJ?

    1. Hello Aisabelle. As long as your adoption by your grandmother was a legal adoption and you entered the proper information during the ordering process, it is more than likely your order will be processed with NJ Vital Records without issue. If you have any further questions pertaining to your order, you may contact VitalChek at vitals.research@vitalchek.com for assistance.

  71. I hope someone can help, I was adopted at the age of 5 and I’m now 19 in college and in the need of financial aid which I can’t get because I don’t have any adoption records. What should I do? And how long would the process take

    1. Hello Josh. If you were legally adopted, your post-adoption birth certificate will more than likely be on file with the Vital Records agency in the city/state where you were born. As for adoptions papers, you will have to contact the court system in the area where the adoption took place.

  72. I want to know how to change ur birth name to the adopted parents name some one was adopted but their birth name dont change to the adopted name

    1. Hello Sheryl. In general, if someone is legally adopted in the US, a new birth certificate is issued with the child’s new name and those of the adoptive parents. This post-adoption birth certificate will usually be on file with the vital records agency that issued the original certificate at birth. We suggest you contact them for more information.

  73. I have a question I received my birth certificate from the North Dakota Division of Vital Statistics with adopted fathers name on it I would like to have my birth fathers name on instead of the adopted fathers which I think is a crime that a person can not get the original birth certificate if both birth parents are deceased. Also I noticed the spelling of my mom’s maiden name was spelled wrong how can a person legally have all this corrected. I am wanting to get a will made up so would like all these matters cleared up. Thank you. .

    1. Hello Debra. Thanks for your question. We suggest you contact the North Dakota Department of Health Vital Records Division to find out what steps you will need to take to make changes to your birth certificate. Click Here to visit their website for more information

  74. I just found out I have a brother that was given up for adoption. Is it possible to get a copy of his birth certificate so I can find him? I only have my
    mother’s name and I think he was born somewhere in Kansas City in 1973.

    1. Hello Debbie. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since you have very limited information, it is unlikely you would be able to get a copy of your brothers birth certificate. Furthermore, since he was adopted, it is more than likely that his pre-adoption birth certificate is not accessible. We suggest you look into support groups that assist people looking for adopted siblings. They may be able to provide you with valuable suggestions on how to proceed with your search. We wish you the best in your search.

  75. i’m trying to get a hold of my ex-husband’s adoptive records. we have two children together and one of them has medical problems that might be caused by something that came from his father side.. I haven’t spoken to his father or seen him in years… how would I go forward and find these records .

    1. Hello Michelle. Adoption records are usually sealed for the privacy of all parties involved and may require a court order to unseal. Since your child’s health is at issue, you may want to consult with someone who has legal expertise with regard to adoption law to determine if you have any legal standing to view those records.

  76. I’m living in Brooklyn NY. I am on a search for my
    Biological birth records. Both of my birth parents are
    gone and so are my adoptive parents. I really would
    like to find some living relatives. I would love some
    advice to where I can get any info about where I
    come from. I would like to put a face to a memory that
    is nearly gone. Thanks

    1. Hello Tina. Thanks for reaching out. Since all parents involved are deceased, if possible you might try contacting the adoption agency that handled your adoption to find out if your records can be unsealed. We wish you luck in your search.

  77. How csn i obtain my adoption paper i was born in Thailand was adopted in virgina

    1. Hello Emma. For more information, we suggest you contact the agency in Virginia that handled your adoption.

  78. Hello my name is Sam I was adopted in 1979. I was born on 1-20-1971 in Moundsville, WV I have searched and searched but keep getting the
    door closed in my face. Is there anyone that can help me? I’m desperately looking for help not good at this. Thanks.

    1. Hello Sam. If you are trying to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, you will more than likely only be able to obtain your post adoption records since WV adoption records are sealed and cannot be obtained without a court order. CLICK HERE to visit the website for the WV Department of Health & Human Resources for more information about obtaining you birth certificate. If you are seeking pre-adoption information, you may want to search for adoption support groups that may be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck with your search.

  79. I was born in New York City I n 1979. I found out from a friend that I was adopted and was told by that friend that my mom adopted me from the same agency his mom adopted him from. My family confirmed that I indeed was adopted, but was vague about the logistics. I’ve heard many different stories through the years about my adoption or lack there of. It seems I may have not been adopted at all, but just given to my parents by my biological mom because she couldn’t take care of me. My family unfortunately have all passed on. There is no one to give me any true information about my life. My question is, how would I go about finding out if I’m truly adopted or obtaining my adoption records?

    1. Hi Nina. Sorry to hear about your dilemma. For starters, check your birth certificate to see if your last name is the same as that of your adopted family? If so, that would seem to indicate that your adoption may have been legal. Next, you might consider contacting the adoption agency that supposedly handled your adoption to find out if they have any records that would confirm your adoption. If so, find out what steps you would need to take to have your adoption records unsealed…it may require a court order. You might also seek out adoption support groups in your area as they may be able to provide additional suggestions on how you can investigate further. We wish you luck and hope you find answers.

  80. Hello, I was adopted at the age of 3 in the state of indiana, I understand that if I want any info on the biological parents I need to go thru court but how do I find out where the adoption took,place or finalized? Thank,you for your time.

    1. Hello Brandy. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since you know you were adopted in Indiana, perhaps you can check with the Indiana court system to see how you would go about pinpointing the exact jurisdiction where your adoption was finalized.

  81. My father was adopted and is now almost 60 trying to find his birth parents. On his birth certificate is listed the military attorney that handled the adoption, and he knows his birth mother’s name, but we can’t find her and we apparently need her permission to get his original birth certificate in South Carolina. Is there some other way that could be used to find out the name of his birth father?

    1. Hello Bri. You may want to seek out adoption support groups as they may be able to provide valuable suggestions to aid in your father’s search for his birth parents.

  82. My husband legally adopted my daughter about a year and a half ago in the state of PA. Her biological father was adopted when he was in high school. Her birth father originally filled out his portion of the birth certificate when she was born and he used his birth name on her birth certificate. When the petition was filed it was filed with his adopted name, so we cannot get her birth certificate. His name on the adoption paperwork does not match his name on the birth certificate. I have been trying for a year and a half to get my attorney to correct this and he still hasn’t. I want to fix this mistake myself. Her biological father is open to signing whatever he has to so she can get her corrected birth certificate, I just don’t know what to do

    1. Hello Chelsea. Sorry to hear about this unfortunate predicament. With the information you provided, this sounds as if it is a situation that will need to be handled through the courts with the assistance of an adoption attorney who is familiar with PA laws regarding vital record amendments/corrections, entitlement and identity verification. We wish you the best in getting this problem resolved.

  83. How do I prove my biological mother is my mother. My grandparents adopted me shortly after I was born. Their names appear on my birth certificate. My mother and I have lived together, off and on, for nearly my entire life. It was no secret she was my biological mother. Now I need prove that she was my mother in order for me to receive her life insurance benefits. She didn’t name any beneficiary for that policy.

    1. Hello Joseph. If possible, you may want to look into requesting a maternity test to prove she was your mother. You may also look into whether you can access your adoption records since those should list who your biological mother is.

  84. My deceased husband was adopted in Pennsylvania in 1972. Both parents are deceased. My husband is deceased. Our 24 year old son wants to find out who his fathers father is. Would the father of a child being adopted in Pennsylvania in 1972 have to give up his parental rights? And would the fathers name be in the adoption records? Can my son request his deceased fathers adoption records? If so how?

    1. Hello Lori. Thanks for reaching out with your questions. Your son may want to reach out to adoption support groups or genealogy groups in PA. They may be able to provide suggestions and or answers to some of your questions

  85. Hello, my biological father signed over his rights to me when I was a baby and I was adopted by another man my mother married. I am 20 and I have never known who my biological father was or what his name is because no one will tell me. My original birth certificate is sealed and I live in South Carolina. How do I find out what his name is?

    1. Hello Ashlynn. Standards for releasing adoption information may vary from state to state. You may want to contact the county clerk in the area where you were born for more information on this topic. You may be required to file a petitions with the court for release of your records. In many states, personal interest may not suffice and it may require an emergency reason such as a medical situation to grant release of the records. You may also want to seek out support groups for adoptees seeking a biological parent. We hope that you find the answers to your questions.

  86. Hello, I was born in Russia. 12 years ago at age 10, I was adopted by my parents in Stafford County, Virginia. My adoptive parents divorced a few years ago and the only record that we have is a record of foreign birth. I have been trying to get a copy of my birth certificate (not the original one from Russia) to prove that I am a U.S. Citizen so that I could travel next month on a cruise. I have tried to contact Stafford county, but no one picks up the phone. I sent Vitalchek my money to get a copy, but the only thing they sent was a record of foreign birth – a copy that I already had! To be honest, I don’t know if my adoptive parents even requested a birth certificate for me! Maybe that is why Vitalchek did not send me a copy. How do I resolve this? I need that within 6 weeks. I live in Utah now, but I have thought of flying down to Virginia, but I don’t even know if I will get anything and it would be a lot of money wasted. The reseach that I have done seem to say that I could get a birth certificate if I have my final adoption papers. I don’t even have that. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello Olivia. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. Do you know the name of the adoption agency that handled your adoption? If you do, you might consider contacting them for more information about obtaining your adoption papers and post adoption birth certificate. You can also contact VitalChek at 800-255-2414 or vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we will see if we can offer further assistance in this matter.

  87. Hello. Looking to find records of my birth parents. I recently did a DNA test through Ancestry.com, and found many
    possible matches. Although, I don’t know my birth parents names, I wanted to know how I could get into the original birth
    records. My birth parents named me at birth, then, my adopted parents renamed me at 18 mo’s. when they adopted me. Does
    the state of New York release the original birth certificates of the birth parents? I have my birth certificate, but with the adopted
    parents names only. Any help, would be appreciated.

    Linda McCall

    1. Hello Linda. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you are looking to access your sealed adoption records, you may want to contact the county clerk’s office in the county where your adoption took place to learn the rules about obtaining information about a closed adoption. You will more than likely have to fill out a petition form and submit it to the county court to review.

  88. Hello I was adopted when I was 5 and at one point had a amended copy of my birth certificate after my adoption with all the correct information on it. When I went to my local courthouse to request a copy they said my name isn’t on file. But they have the one before I was adopted before my name was changed and they email the state of ga vital records and they also say they have no record of it. But I had a birth certificate with my correct name on it now at one point.

    1. Hello Brandon. If you were born in Georgia, your amended birth certificate should be on file in Georgia regardless of where your adoption took place. If you know details of your adoption, you might consider contacting the attorney or agency that handled the adoption for guidance in this matter.

  89. hello i was adopted at age 13 in ny
    i am now 21 and i want to obtain my adoption papers so that i can apply for a federal program for foster kids.
    how do i obatin it

    1. Hello! Thanks for reaching out with your question. You might consider contacting the County Clerk in the area where your adoption took place. They may be able to provide you with information on the steps you will need to take to access your adoption records.

  90. I am 46yr old and have no idea where to get a birth certificate i was born abroad in tachikawa japan. And i was adopted by my maternal grandparents at the age of for my adoptive parents are deceases and the military base i was born on no longer exsist ive talked to every and anybody who will listwn and i cant seem to get a birth certificate plz help

    1. Hello Teresa. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. If you were born to U.S. citizens on a U.S. military base, your record of birth will most likely be a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) which is issued by the U.S. State Department. Click here to visit their website for more information. If you were legally adopted by your grandparents and you know where the adoption was processed, there’s a possibility records may be on file there. You could contact the vital records agency in that area for further information. We sincerely hope you get some answers and are able to obtain your birth certificate.

  91. Okay I do want a copy of my original birth certificate. I also want my adopted mother’s name off of it. My father is still Alive and willing to sign any necessary paperwork.
    I live in NY and I know it’s tough state to deal with. What Should I do in this situation?

    Ky

    1. Hello Ky. Requirements for amending a vital record may vary from state to state. Therefore, we suggest you contact the NY State Department of Health for more information on how to amend your birth certificate. If you were born in any of the burroughs of NYC, you would need to contact The New York City Department of Health, Office of Vital Records

  92. Hi I have a question my mom was adopted in 1946 and I was wondering if its possible for me to try to find out about her adoption she passed away in January 2018 and it scares me because I have no idea of any health issue on her family side and neither did my mom would I be able to get information on her birth parents or anything ?

    1. Hello Judy. We’re sorry for your loss. Access laws for adoption records can vary from state to state so you will want to research the laws in the state where you mother’s adoption took place. You may also want to seek out an adoption support group as they may be able to provide valuable suggestions to aid in your search.

  93. Hi I was adopted in July of 67, I know my birth mom but she doesn’t have to much information on my birth father. I would like to be able to either get my original birth certificate birth mom did name me and it’s sealed. I do know that my birth father is on the original. I have health issues and would like to try to either locate him or the information from the adoption to see if he has the same medical problems. My birth mom doesn’t have these problems and told me it was on my dads side.

    1. Hello Gina. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You may try petitioning the courts for release of your records citing health concerns.

  94. Hello, my question is fairly straightforward. I was adopted at birth, but I need to find out if it was legal. My adoptive parents were only required to pay the hospital bill and don’t recall ever seeing an attorney for the adoption process. The year was 1961 in WA state.

    1. Hello Sandra. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you have a copy of your birth certificate with your adoptive parents names on it, then chances are your adoption was legal since they more than likely would not have issued this birth certificate if things had not been processed through the proper channels. If you do not have a copy of the birth certificate with your adopted name, you might contact the vital records office in the area when you were born to see if you can obtain one.

  95. Hello I am looking for my half sister Born in Wichita Kansas in August or September 1946. Our birth mother was Jewel Doris Good born XX/XX/1921.
    Her birth father may be William F. Cope or Coley. I have done DNA with
    My Heritage. I have looked on adoption websites and still have no clue.
    I would appreciate any information or help
    Thank you!
    Robert Ford

    1. Hello Robert. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You may want to consider reaching out to adoption support groups or a genealogy specialist for guidance on how to proceed with your search.

  96. I was adopted out of the New York Foster Care system. I was born in Buffalo and adopted when i was two in 1958. I had a birth certificate with my adoptive parents info on it. Many years ago I lost my Birth Certificate and was able to receive a certified copy from Vital check.. Then a few years ago needed to request another copy and was told they have no record of my birth. I’ve tried three more times over 4 years and then again yesterday with the same result.. Do you know what steps I need to take to resolve this.? With the advent of real ID’s in the States, one can’t go very far without a birth certificate. Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.
    Jeffrey Strain

    1. Hello Mr. Strain. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. You may want to contact the vital records agency that issued your birth certificate to determine why your record was available several years ago and now is not found. We wish you the best in getting this matter resolved.

  97. I was born in Connecticut, but at the age of 7 I was adopted by the man my mother married and my name was changed in Ohio. I need a birth certificate to get a passport. Which state do I use vitalcheck to order my birth certificate? Thank you for any help.

    1. Hello Brian. Thanks for reaching out with your question. According to the guidelines that are provided to us by the state of Ohio, if you were born in a different state but adopted in Ohio, your post adoption birth certificate will be on file in your state of birth. According to Connecticut’s guidelines, when ordering your certificate, you will provide your name as your adoptive name and include your adoptive parents information. Hope this has bee helpful.

  98. I was adopted in California around 1984 or 1985 I need a copy of my birth certificate to obtain a passport becaus

    I am planning on taking a trip to England this fall and I need a birth certificate to get a passport. Is this possible.

    1. Hello Deitra. If you were born in California and adopted in California, your birth certificate will be on file in California. You can check with the vital records agency in the county where you were born to determine if you can order directly through them or if you need to contact the California Department of Public Health to obtain your certificate. If you were born in a different state, but adopted in California, you certificate should be on file in your state of birth. Be sure to ask about processing times so you receive your birth certificate in advance of your trip. If you need the convenience of online ordering, you can always visit VitalChek to place your order.

  99. I was adopted when i was about 3/4 years old , i know my moms first and last name and do not have a original birth certificate of my biological mom, my mom was institutionalized after i was placed in foster care, my question is how can i obtain my adoption records to know more about my mom and what has happened to her, me having kids as well i dont know what rund through my family genes for medical reasons. PLease help on how to obtain my adoption records

    1. Hello Tiffany. If you know where your adoption occurred, you may want to contact the county clerk to find out how you can go about petitioning the court to open your adoption records.

  100. Hi, My name is Stephen Albert my birth given name is Troy Wilson. I was adopted at birth and was born in Harbor City in Los Angeles County. I would like information as to how to obtain my original birth records so I can find my biological mother. Everything I’ve found out so far is that my records are sealed in the county and cannot be released to me.
    I am seeking out my biological mother (my biological father has deceased). Does anyone have any information as to how i can find my biological mother?

  101. Hello,
    I am 60 years old and have always used my adoption papers in place of my BC, but now I need a BC.. Born in Georgia, Adopted in Kansas., but my valid identifying drivers license has expired because I had relocated to another state and they would not accept the adoption papers and dl from the other state..!!? Help

    1. Hello Patricia. Sorry to hear about your predicament. If you were born in Georgia and adopted in a different state, your birth certificate should be on file in the state of Georgia. You may want to contact the Georgia Department of Public Health to determine what alternate forms of identification they will accept so you can order a certified copy of your birth certificate. Click here to visit their website.

  102. I know when you are adopted getting your Original Birth Certificate is tricky because you need a court order. But has anyone tried to get a copy of their Amended Birth certificate say you lost it or it got destroyed. Google only talks about adoptees trying to get their original birth certificate . I know there is a form to fill out ( which I did) but has anyone else had first hand experience and were you successful

    1. Hello Deitra. You should be able to easily order a certified copy of your amended birth certificate. Generally speaking,if you were born in one state and adopted in another state, your certificate would be on file in your birth state. Of course, there may be exceptions to this rule. We suggest you first contact the vital records agency in your birth state to find out if your amended record is on file there and what sort of documentation you will need to provide to obtain your certificate.

  103. Hello,

    You have the original information of my birth certificate listed on ancestry.com. it says click here to order. My current birth certificate has my adopted father and name on it. Will I be able to get the information from beforevthe adoption? Does that mean it has not been sealed? I called the court house but they said to go in person. It is in California and I am in Georgia. H
    Thanks

  104. Hello. I am now 51. I was adopted by my stepfather when I was going into 9th grade. It wasn’t actually by choice rather than by the fact that I didn’t want my dad to go to jail. My biolocical father has a degenerative back disease and has had it from an early age, even getting discharged from basic training from the Navy. Anyways, he was involved in an accident that prevented him from working and was on workmans comp back in the 80’s and he barely got anything. He was struggling to get by. My mother and stepfather, who made a good living came to my brother and myself and said if we didn’t agree to the adoption my father would go to jail because he was so far behind on the child support. So we agreed. It wasn’t even two years later that I would go to live with my biological fathers parents because my stepfather physically grabbed ahold of me and threw me down on the floor while I was cleaning the house telling me I did absolutely nothing and told me to get out of his house. All these years I have kept this last name as my maiden name and I don’t want it anymore. I have contacted a lawyer and I go to see him in 2 months but I was wondering since I’m married, is this a hard process to change my maiden name? I live in Pennsylvania. My lawyer said he’s never handled a case like this before.

    1. Thank you for your question Michele. We are not able to address any legal questions but you might check into the possibility of reinstating your original birth certificate to replace your adopted birth certificate from your step parent adoption. This may require legal documentation to do, and your lawyer should be able to advise you on that. Best regards.

  105. Hello. I am trying to obtain a US Passport. I was adopted when I was 4 and don’t know my biological mothers name, she passed away when I was 2. My original birth certificate was lost. Will I be able to use an amended birth certificate to obtain a passport?

    1. Thank you for your question Mark. Typically when someone is adopted, their original birth certificate is replaced by the adoptive birth certificate which becomes the legal birth certificate for proof of identity under the adoptive name. As long as your adoptive birth certificate matches the name you now legally use, you should be able to use it, rather than obtaining your original birth certificate, to obtain your US Passport. Please be sure to have a certified copy of the adoptive certificate listing the full names of you and your (adopted) parents, as that is typically required when requesting a passport. Best Regards.

  106. My daughter was adopted in Taiwan. Paperwork was lost in move. It was registered with our embassy (when we had an embassy there). Now there is none. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Thank you for your question Bill. As long as your daughter’s adoption was recorded with the US Embassy, you should be able to contact the US State Department to find out how to obtain copies of her pertinent paperwork. Check out this page on the State Department’s website about Inter-Country Adoption for more information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption.html. Best Regards.

  107. Hi so I was adopted at a young age in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but was born in Sioux City iowa. My adoptive mom lost my after adoption birth certificate and I’ve been trying to obtain a new one but haven’t had any luck. I tried ordering it online but they told me in order to have the adoption detail included I’d have to go in person. I went to the records place in Cedar Rapids and they told me they didn’t have a copy of the updated version that I’d need to go to Sioux City. I’m 19 and without an ID and Drivers liscence because I don’t have my birth certificate what do I do

    1. Hello Jezirae. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. You may want to contact the Sioux City County Recorder’s Office directly to find out if you have op.tions other than traveling their in person. Please click here to visit their website for contact information.

  108. Our son was born in February in Harrisburg Pa. It is now May and no one has his birth certificate. Our
    Attorney has requested it so we can file for
    Adoption as Dauphin County needs it in order to
    have the hearing but no one can tell us what is
    going on with it. Is there anyone who can help us?
    We are at a stalemate until we receive it. Even a
    Status or estimated time frame would be helpful.

    1. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health:

      “The majority of births occurring in Pennsylvania are filed electronically; therefore, in most cases, the birth certificate is available for issuance within one or two days after the hospital files it. Factors such as adoptions, acknowledgement of paternity or corrections can delay issuance availability.On average, births occurring in a hospital are filed with the Division of Vital Records eight-and-a-half days after the date of birth. Some hospitals can take substantially longer.”

      Based on this information, you may want to contact the hospital to find out if the record has been filed and if not, when to expect it. Best wished.

  109. I was adopted at birth in Anderson South Carolina on Feb 12 1984. I’ve always wondered who my birth parents are. Obviously my birth certificate only says my adopted parents on it. How can I find out who my birth parents are?

    1. Hello Matt. Since adoption records are sealed in most states, you will need to determine if that is the case in South Carolina. You may also want to seek out the assistance of an adoption support group. They may have suggestions for all kinds of resources that may assist you in your quest to learn the identities of your birth parents.

  110. Hello Sir/Madam

    I was adopet by my new parents in seven years now, but the thing is i lost my adoption papers. So please i just wanna know
    if its how i am gonna get a copy of my adoption from? because i really needed it right now for my citizenship NZ.

    Thank you and God Bless

    Regards: Veralyn Ioane

    1. Hello Veralyn. You may want to contact the agency or the court that handled your adoption to find out the procedure for getting copies of your adoption papers.

  111. My daughter is trying to get her passport to travel out of the country without us, her parents. However, she needs a new and can’t really get one as she doesn’t have an updated birth certificate. Her birth certificate has me, her legal and birth father on it, and her birth mother on it, but legally she’s not her mother anymore because she’s adopted. Oklahoma, where she was born in, was supposed to send us her birth certificate with the correct information on it, but never did. We spoke with them again, but they said it’d take months and i don’t have that kind of time. I don’t know what else to do.

    1. Hello. We are sorry to hear about your predicament. Unfortunately, obtaining adoptive birth certificates often requires more time than with non-adoption certificates. It sounds like you are already in contact with the appropriate agency – Oklahoma State Department of Health and will have to work through the process with them to get the post adoption birth certificate. If you haven’t done so already, inquire as to whether there are steps you can take to expedite the process such as providing evidence of need (travel itinerary). We’re sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance but wish you the best in finding a timely resolution.

  112. Hello I have a question. I am trying to obtain my original birth cert.I know who my birth parents are. They have both passed away. The adoptive parents have also passed. So what can I do to get my original cert. I have gone all my adult life wanting my birth cert. My whole adult life. There should be no reason why I can not have it. I know who my birth parents are and they have passed. Both of the adoptive parents have died. Sometimes your strict rules has caused much pain. I am sure there might be many reasons children have to be removed. But I am an adult and since all the parents have died there not be any reason why i can not have my birth cert. Sometimes just going by the book causes such pain. I do not live in the same state. I am also a Vietnam vet. I served my country why can’t I have what belongs to me? Rules and laws need to change to bring people peace. It was not easy being an adopted child. The foster home they put me in the social worker told me I would never see my mama ever again. I remember standing there crying and in a strange home and strangers. This home i was put in I was abused both physically and verbally.You people need to be careful with whom you put young children. That is all. Also they took my name away and gave me a name they wanted.I could go on and on but my life was ruined. But now I have Jesus. But before that I rebelled and did drugs to bury the pain. But there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I am a mom of three children and nine grandchildren. So I took my name back my parents gave me.

  113. I’m 49 I was born in Pomona California and was adopted at birth. I now live in Arizona and would very much like to obtain my original birth certificate. Not the one with my adoptive parents names on it. How difficult is this going to be and how do I go about doing it

    1. Hello Michael. Thanks for reaching out with your question regarding your original birth certificate. You may have to petition the court system (more than likely in the area where your adoption occurred) for release of your original birth certificate. You may also want to seek out support groups for adoptees as they may be able to provide valuable information and resources.

  114. I am 32 years old and was adopted in New York at the age of 18 and I have been trying to get my birth certificate. When I contacted California (the state I was born in) to get it they told me my name was never changed on my birth certificate and no records of me being adopted in the CA system
    So I then called the county were I was adopted and they said all adoption records are sealed. Long big story short I’m trying to get married and can’t because my birth certificate ID and Social don’t match. Can I go back to my old name seeing how my birth certificate was never changed??

    1. Hello Jennifer. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. You stated you were born in California and adopted in New York, therefore, your post adoption birth certificate should be on file in your state of birth – California. Regarding adoption records in NY, the records may be sealed but you should still be able to get papers that confirm your adoption was legalized in NY. Those papers would then need to be submitted to California to update your birth certificate. You may want to consider seeking legal assistance to sort through all of this because one of the first things you may want to do is to determine whether you were legally adopted or not. We wish you the best in getting this all sorted out.

  115. My daughter was adopted by my mother and her birth certificate no longer says anything about me being her mother. She is 17yrs old now and my mom kicked her out. She has been living with me for 4 months . Is there any way that I can change her info back to it’s original form? Originally her bc said her nationalities of Hawaiian and Samoan. Now it just says Caucasian. I want it to state she is Hawaiian so she can be eligible for programs that are available for native Hawaiians. And she won’t be eligible if her bc says only Caucasian on it.

    1. Hello Melissa. We’re sorry to hear about your predicament. We suggest you contact The vital records agency where your daughter was born to determine what steps you may be able to take regarding her birth certificate. It may require you to seek legal action through the court system. We wish you the best in resolving this situation.

  116. I am trying to figure a way to find my birth parents as I was adopted in NJ 1967, I live in Oregon now, I am searching for medical history as I am a Firefighter and trying to get as much family medical history as possible as I have a higher rate of cancer due to my job.

    1. Hello Steve. Thanks for reaching out with your question. According to the NJ Health website, in May 2014, NJ amended its Vital Statistics Act so as to allow “adult adopted persons and certain other individuals with the opportunity to obtain a non-certified copy of an adopted person’s original birth certificate and other related documents, with certain restrictions to protect birth parents’ privacy.” In other words, you do have access to an non-certified copy of your original birth certificate which may or may not contain the names of your birth parents, depending on whether they chose to exercise their right under the provisions of the amendment, to have their names redacted should the record be released. Click here to visit the FAQ page regarding this topic on NJ Health’s website. Hope this information helps!

  117. Hi Larissa,
    I was adopted in Oh and now living in FL. So reading your blog, it looks like adoptees cannot get their own adoption record or original birth certificate. And if you do, you have to fill out a petition and go to a judge and tell him why. But if it’s not for medical reasons they won’t give it to you.
    Boy, just doesn’t seem right. My adoptive parents are deceased now, just seems like we as adoptees would be able to get our information!

    I do have a question though, I found a website that has information about Ohio adoptions. it says:
    OHIO – ACCESS WITH RESTRICTIONS

    In adoptions finalized in court prior to 1/1/1964, adult adoptees and their lineal descendants may have access to the adoptee’s original birth certificate and adoption decree upon request through Vital Statistics.

    Starting on March 20, 2015 adoptees 18 years old and over adopted between 1/1/1964 and 9/17/19
    96 and their lineal descendants can request the adoptee’s original birth certificate and adoption decree through Vital Statistics.

    I was adopted in 1979, so when it says lineal, does that mean my birth families or does that mean someone in my adoptive family?
    Thank you for your time!
    Jean

    1. Hello Jean. Since it says “adult adoptees and their lineal descendants have access to…” it seems like that would refer to you as the adoptee and your children and grandchildren as the lineal descendants. To verify this, you may want to contact Ohio Department of Health for further details.

  118. My biological father was adopted, and the records were sealed due to the time period, how am i able to unseal the records and create a ink to the paternal side of my family. They are on the oglala sioux reservation, but thats the only knowledge i have.

    1. Hello Grace. You may want to seek out adoption support groups that may be able to offer you valuable suggestions on how to proceed with your search.

    2. Thank you so much Larissa for responding to my question! I will give the Ohio Dept of Health a call.

      1. My pleasure. I hope they are able to assist you.

  119. Hi I am looking for a half sister That I never knew I had till yesterday, I don’t Know her name but I do know Is that her birth moms name is Mary and she was 18 when putting her up my dad was also 18 but I don’t think his name was on the papers, I was told my sister is somewhere around 33-36 years old and born at about 1982, she probably has dark hair, This all should of happen in Florida.

    1. Hello Annabelle. You may want to search for support groups in your community or on the web that offer advice and/or resources to people who are beginning a search for an adopted family member. They may be able to help you jumpstart your search with the limited amount of information you have. Good luck in locating your sister!

  120. Hello to whoever is responding to this thread at the moment,
    I hope this does not come across as an innapropriate question because I realize this is a serious thread for people trying to find their origins and loved ones, but I was wondering if you would be able to answer some adoption records questions I have for a novel I am writing. It is about two sisters searching for their unknown oldest sister who, to their knowledge, was given up for adoption. If you are willing to provide me with any assistance via email I would really appreciate it. Take care.

    1. Hello Brendan. Thanks for reaching out with your request. Unfortunately, we do not have the expertise that you are looking for on this topic. You may consider reaching out to some adoption support groups for assistance with your research. Best wishes.

  121. My husband just recently adopted my 18 year old son, and we were advised by the attorney that we have to send the Adoption Decree to Vital Records for my son’s new birth certificate and we changed his name as well, What form do we need and how do we need to fill it out?

    1. Hello Mandy. The form may differ depending on the state your son was born in. We suggest you contact the vital records agency involved for more information on what form you will need to submit.

  122. I am 57 years old, I was placed in a foster home at 6 months old (1961) and my siblings were also placed in foster homes.
    My adoption went thru catholic charities in Virginia and communicated through catholic charities in New Jersey. I met my biological brother and sister several years ago. My brother was able to get his and his sisters (they are twins) adoption records when he was visiting in Virginia. I would like to know how I can get my records and original birth certificate. Both my adopted parents are deceased and I am assuming that my biological parents are deceased due to what their age would be now They were 35 Years old at the time). I want to know the background and history of my parents. How can I go about this. I have been told that usually when both biological and adopted parents are deceased that sealed records can be granted to be released, is this true.

    1. Hello Deborah. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We suggest you contact the county clerk in the county where your adoption to place to determine if it is possible for you to request and receive your adoption records and what steps you will need to take in order to do so.

  123. I was adopted in Kalkaska, Michigan in 1957, I was born in Bellaire, Michigan in March 1956. Due to some severe health problems in myself and my daughter, I would like to obtain my birth records. How do I do this? I currently live in Lansing Michigan and it is very important for me to find out all that I can about my birth parents. Can you help me? Or please direct me to the right people to get this information from? Thank you.

    1. Hello Deb. We suggest you contact the office of the county clerk in the area where your adoption took place. They should be able to give you information about how to go about unsealing your records. We wish you the best.

    2. Hi Deb, I’m also a Michigan adoptee. Unfortunately, County Clerks will do little to nothing to assist you in your search. I would recommend finding a search angel on an adoptee forum to help.
      I’ve been trying for over twenty five years to get a copy of my OBC with no luck. Few lawmakers will sponsor a bill to open records when they know that Bethany’s NCFA lobbying dollars will negate any positive effect.
      It’s our bad luck to have been born and adopted in a second-class state which mandates discrimination by law and is governed by morons and thieves. You will have to proceed outside the law if you want results. Michigan hates adoptees.

  124. I was born in the state of Indiana but adopted in the state of Kentucky at the age of 11. I went to the state capital to get a copy of my adopted birth certificate only for them to tell me they don’t have me on record. So would I go through my birth state to get my adopted birth certificate? I don’t understand why they would have it when I was adopted in Kentucky.

    1. Hello Patricia. According to guidelines provided by the State of Indiana if a person was born in IN and adopted in a different state, the birth certificate would be on file in Indiana. Click here to visit Indiana State Department of Health website for more information.

  125. Who do I call for my adoption papers? I was adopted in Scott County. Was born in Cook County.
    Name at birth was Comelli. After adoption it was Simpson. What do I do to get these papers??

    1. Hello Ryan. You may want to start by contacting the court system that handled your adoption. It is possible you will have to petition the court to gain access to your records.

  126. I was adopted at birth in 1963 in BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES, CA – My Birth Mother Found me @ age 21 1/2 years old.

    We both would LIKE THE ADOPTION RECORDS UNSEALED TO SHOW THAT SHE IS LEGALLY MY BIRTH. MOTHER
    & THAT I AM HER BIRTH DAUGHTER & THAT MY DAUGHTER IS HER BIRTH GRAND DAUGHTER..

    What steps are needed to accomplish this as soon as possible?

    Thank you for your HELP!

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question regarding your adoption records. Since you and your birth mother have already found one another, the next step may be for you both to feel out consent forms to open the adoption records. You might consider contacting the court in LA that processed your adoption for more information on how to proceed.

  127. I was adopted by my step-father when i was 1 year old. but i have never seen the adoption paper and my step-father name
    is on the birth certificate so i don’t know if he is my real father and i don’t know how to go about getting the adoption paper.
    I live in okla. by the way. thanks

    1. Hello Judy. If you know where your adoption took place, you might start by contacting the court clerk in that area for more information on how to proceed.

  128. In August of 1967 I gave birth to a white male boy. Outside cook county Hospital. The next morning they said my baby died. A man standing behind the bed had me sign lots and lots of papers. In my heart I never felt the baby died. Now 50 years later a incident happened to re awaken that feeling. I request a death certificate. I said I gave birth to a Negro. So I request a birth certificate and Vital statisics in Illinois said they had no record of a birth. I went to Springfield, Illinois. for a original birth certificate and explained my problem. I was told the original Birth certificate said male was white. But they could not legally give me a copy of it. Therefore . It is my believe my child was alive and given up for adoption. How do I obtain this original Birth certificate. How do I find out if my child up given up for adoption without my knowledge. Cook County hospital, Chicago Illinois . I was brought to the hospital by the Chicago Police department as I gave birth at home. Any info would be greatly appreciated. .

    1. Hello Diana. We are sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide answers to your questions. You may want to consider contacting a family law professional who may be able to point you in the right direction for your search for information.

  129. We are going around in circles trying to get a passport for my boyfriend, he lives in NY State, Ogdensburg. He has sent his Thai Passport with His American Visa, His Thai BC translated to English, His Green Card, His Certificate of Adoption, but there is nothing with both his former Thai Name and His American name on the same document and that’s want. We call the clerk they tell us to contact the Attorney that handled the adoption, turns out He’s deceased, Talk to the court they say records are sealed etc. What do we do!?

  130. Hello My question is that i am adopted from china and i have a copy of my BC but i still cant obtain a passport what do i do?

    1. Hello Kevin. We suggest you contact the U.S. State Department for more information on next steps since they issue U.S. passports.

  131. I was placed in the foster care system,and a children’s home passed to different foster families, then I was adopted ,I was told the reason for my being removed from my biological mother and I need to know if it’s true,for closure where do I obtain this information from?

  132. I was adopted and the people in my place lost my adoption paper,
    so my parents had to wait to get me, and when they were finally done getting
    my papers they didn’t know i didn’t have my birth certificate so how
    am I able to get my birth certificate because i don’t have one at all

    1. Hello, and thank you for your question. Generally, the best place to start your search is the state, county and/or city where the adoption was filed. Since the situation can become complicated, it may be best to contact the State Vital Records Office and ask about the process to obtain the amended birth certificate showing the name change from the adoption. In most cases at the time the adoption was filed and the individual’s name was legally changed, the amended birth certificate may also be sent to the vital records agency where they were born.

  133. This isn’t a case of adoption but more of a civil case. Long story short, an ex boyfriend of this girl we just met (in the family) is claiming that his two kids are hers. She’s saying they are not. We asked both to provide paternity tests. At the moment we are still waiting. We asked to see birth certificates and both states that she is the mother. So my question, can birth certificates, under parent names, be changed??? I didn’t think so because I’d assumed biological mother must be on the certificate no matter the situation.She claims she “signed up” to be the mother so that’s why her name is on both. We’re extremely confused and don’t know who to believe.

    1. Hello. While minor changes to a birth certificate may often be handled by submitting an amendment request at the vital records office, major changes such as adding a parent or changing a parent who is listed will often require an order from the court which in turn may require paternity verification.

  134. If i was adopted at a young age (4) and my last name got changed could i change it back to my first last name? For example lets say i am Emery Scott,then i get adopted and my name changes to Emery Thomson, when i turn twelve i want to change my name back to Emery Scott. Would i be allowed to do that even if my adoptive parents didn’t want me to?

    1. Hello Emery. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If your name was legally changed when you were adopted, it would probably require legal action to change it back. Furthermore, if you are underage, this process would more than likely require parental consent.

  135. Question i was adopted, both my adopted parents have passed away because there is no will i need my adoption papers to apply for probate i have no idea about my past as i was only 1 when adopted where do i start?

    1. Hello Steve. Thanks for reaching out with your question. We are sorry to hear about your situation. If you know where your adoption took place, you may want to contact the court system in that area to find out how you might go about accessing your records.

  136. Hi my oldest son was born in NJ but adopted in IN. Who would I need to contact to get his BC changed to his adopted name? I need a copy for him and am having issues trying to get it. Thank you!

    1. Hello Sarah. We are sorry to hear about the issues you are having trying to get your son’s birth certificate. According to the information we have on file, if a person was born in NJ and adopted in a different state, the birth certificate will be on file in the state of New Jersey. Please >click here to visit the website for the NJ Department of Health for more information.

  137. Hello. my question is, I was born/adopted in the state of Florida. both of my adoptive parents have been deceased, a period of years. I have found my biological family thru DNA, and they have been deceased far longer than even my adoptive parents. can I finally get my original birth certificate, and/or more of my adoption records, than only my non id? and if not, WHEN will i be able to? i am in my mid 50s, and terminally ill. My only wish is to get the last of my records. is this possible now, and what do i need to do to get them? thank you. if you need any information i am happy to send it to you, please include a email address, or place to send it? thank you!

    1. Hello Terri. We are sorry to hear about your illness and the predicament you are facing regarding your original birth records. Unfortunately, unless new legislation has passed recently, you will more than likely be required to get a court order to unseal your birth records in Florida. Since you have a terminal illness and all parents (biological and adoptive) are deceased, you may be able to petition for the records to be opened. We wish you the best.

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