Check which forms of ID are accepted for pre-adoption birth record applications

When applying for a pre-adoption birth record, make sure you have the correct form of ID.

What types of ID can I use for myself or my child?

If you're applying in person, you will need a valid form of government-issued photo ID. Examples include any current:

  • Driver’s license
  • State ID card
  • Passport

If you're applying by mail, you will need to send ID documentation with your application.  

If you can't provide one of the IDs listed above, please call the registry to be certain the ID you plan to provide will work.

What types of ID can I use for my parent’s records?

If you're applying for your parent's record, you need your ID and:

  • A certified copy of your parent’s death record.
  • A certified copy of your birth record that shows you are the decedent’s child.

If you're applying by mail, attach original certified copies of both records.

What do I do if I’ve changed my name since birth?

If your name is different from the name on your pre-adoption birth record, you'll need to prove that you are the person listed on the birth record.

If your ID shows a married name

Provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate. This must show your name as it appears on your current (adoptive) birth certificate and your name after marriage as it appears on your ID.

If your ID shows a legal change of name

Provide a certified copy of your legal change of name decree. This must show your name as it appears on your current (adoptive) birth certificate and your legal name as decreed by a court  and as it appears on your ID.

Applying by mail?

Please include original certified copies of your name change documents. We will return them to you when the order is completed.

If you're unsure if your ID will be accepted, please contact the registry.

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