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    The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages records details of legal adoptions finalised in New South Wales. 

    Who can apply

    You’ll first need to apply for an adoption information certificate from the Adoption Information Unit at Family and Community Services (FACS) to ensure there are no restrictions on the supply of information to you.

    You can apply for an adoption information certificate if you are:

    • an adoptee looking to obtain your pre-adoptive or adoptive persons birth record
    • a birth parent looking to obtain adoption information of your child, including an adopted person’s birth record
    • a next of kin: a birth relative such as an adopted sibling or person who has inherited the rights of the adopted person or birth parent.
    Adoption Information Unit
    Family and Community Services (FACS)

    Locked Bag 4001
    Ashfield NSW 1800

    Phone: 1300 799 023 (local call within Australia)
    Email: adoption.information@facs.nsw.gov.au

    How to apply

    Once an adoption information certificate has been issued by FACS, you can apply to the Registry for information on the adoption. Your application for adoption information must include three forms of your identification along with the fee.

    Adoption applications require complex and extensive searches and processing times may vary. No exact time limit for turnaround can be given. 


    ​Pre-adoptive certificate 
    Includes the information provided at the time of birth by birth parent/s. This cannot be used for identification purposes and will be stamped with 'Not for Official Use'
    Adopted person's birth record
    Includes pre and post adoption birth information on one document. This cannot be used for identification purposes.
    ​Marriage search 
    Includes a result of search with parties’ names, date and place of marriage only (full copy if the record is 50 years and over)
    ​Death search 
    Includes name, date and place of death, cause of death and burial or cremation details of deceased only
    (full copy if the record is 30 years and over)
    Extract of a birth parent's birth record (if born in NSW)
    Includes subject's name, date and place of birth and subject's parents given names only (full copy if the record is 100 years and over)
    *Certificates are distributed through registered post. Add $11 for postage and handling.


    You must provide at least three forms of ID, one of each from categories 1, 2 and 3. If you’re unable to provide ID from categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from category 3. If you’re unable to comply with these requirements, please contact us for further advice.

    ​Identification documents
    ​If born in Australia:

    • An Australian birth certificate
    Record of immigration status

    • Citizenship certificate
    • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
    • New Zealand birth certificate
    • ​Australian driver's licence
    • Australian passport
    • Firearms licence
    • Foreign passport
    • Proof of age card
    • ​Medicare card
    • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs card
    • Security/Crowd control licence
    • Tertiary education institution ID card
    • ​Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last 3 months)