New Legislation Allows Adoptees to Receive a Certified Birth Certificate at Age 18

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

For the first time, New York adoptees will be able to access a certified copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18-years-old. This measure ensures that all adult adoptees will have the same unimpeded right to information about their birth and biological parents, removing the right of government agencies to restrict the type of data made available to them and any previous barriers to information about biological parents particularly in respect to medical history information. 

Under this new law, the adopted person's lawful representative or their descendants will also be able to access the birth certificate if the adoptee is deceased.

 

Read the full annoucement here