Saturday, January 1, 2000

Utah OBCs

Utah Birth Certificates

How to Get Birth Certificate in Utah if You Were Adopted

How to Get Birth Certificate in Utah if You Were Adopted

Utah OBC Access Status: Sealed

Access to Original Birth Certificate in Utah

Per Utah Citation: Ann. Code § 78-30-15- All documents connected with the adoption are sealed except upon order of the court granting inspection.
Utah law permits adult adoptees the right to obtain non-identifying, detailed genetic and social history with regard to their biological family. Adoptive parents should receive the state forms entitled “Birth Father’s (and/or) Birth Mothers Non-identifying Information for Adoption Registry” at the time of finalization. Copies of the completed forms may be obtained for a nominal fee from the Office of Vital Statistics.

Mutual Access to Identifying Adoption Information in Utah

Per Utah Citation: Ann. Code § 78-30-18
In 1987 the state of Utah established Utah’s “Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry.”
This registry is administered by the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics and is available to adult adoptees (21 years or older who were born in Utah), their biological brothers and sisters, and their birth parents. If both the adult adoptee and an adult member of the biological family register, then identifying information will be released to both parties. To access the forms and additional information, click here.
The adult adopted person and birth parents, upon presentation of positive identification, may request identifying information from the adoption registry maintained by the bureau. The bureau may only release identifying information when it receives requests from both the adopted person and the birth parent. After matching the request of an adult adopted person with that of at least one birth parent, the bureau shall notify both the adopted person and the birth parent that the requests have been matched, and disclose the identifying information to those parties.
However, if the adopted adult has a sibling of the same birth parent who is under age 21, and who was raised in the same family setting as the adult adopted person, the bureau shall not disclose the requested identifying information to that adult adopted person or the birth parent. The adult adopted person and adult siblings, upon presentation of positive identification, may request identifying information from the registry, following the same procedure outlined above.
Information registered with the bureau is available only to a registered adult adopted person, and his or her registered birth parent or registered adult sibling. Information regarding a birth parent who has not registered a request with the bureau may not be disclosed.

Who May Access Adoption Information in Utah

Per Utah Citation: Ann. Code §§ 78-30-17; 78-30-18– Nonidentifying information is available to:
  • The adoptive parents or legal guardian
  • The adopted person
  • The adopted person’s spouse, or guardian of the adopted person’s child, if the adopted person is deceased
  • The adopted person’s child or descendant
  • The birth parent or adult birth sibling
  • Identifying information is accessible to:
  • The adult adopted person
  • Birth parents
  • An adult birth sibling

Access to Nonidentifying Adoption Information in Utah

Per Utah Citation: Ann. Code § 78-30-17 – A detailed health history and a genetic and social history of the adopted person shall be available upon request to the persons listed above.

Where Utah’s Adoption Information Can Be Located   

Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry

Questions regarding the Utah Mutual-Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry should be
directed to the Bureau of Vital Records, (801) 538-6363; or write to:
Bureau of Vital Records
288 North 1460 West
P O Box 141012
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-1012

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