How to Get Your Birth Certificate and Adoption Records

Adopted people in the Republic of Ireland have no explicit statutory right to access their birth certificates or adoption records. In the absence of such rights, Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) provides information and resources to assist adopted people and others affected by adoption in locating their birth certificates and obtaining adoption records.

We are pleased to publish an updated version of our Information Guide for Adopted People, which can be downloaded here.

Soon we will publish a revised version of our guide for natural parents and relatives, as well as guidance on how to complain. In the meantime, for natural mothers who wish to obtain their personal data, our template for Subject Access Requests can be downloaded here.