The Adopted Children Register is kept by the Registrar General.
It contains a record of every person who has been adopted through a court in England and Wales.
The adoption certificate is the one that will be required for all legal purposes such as applying for a passport or driving licence. This will be issued in the name given after the adoption.
To obtain an adoption certificate
To apply for a certificate from the Adopted Children Register you can:
Contact Barnsley Registration Service for an application form.
Completed application forms should be sent to:
General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, United Kingdom, PR8 2JD
For information visit the website: www.gro.gov.uk
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or telephone: +44 (0) 845 603 7788
Access to original birth records
If you were adopted through a court in England and Wales, the 1976 Adoption Act states that you are entitled to find out information relating to your birth and, if it still exists, have access to your adoption file.
You can find out more about accessing your adoption and original birth records and what's involved on the GovUk website.