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Information by State 

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Model  laws: OBC or 

OBC plus records

OBC/records access with various limits

Tiered access based on date of birth or adoption

Mutual consent  or

Court order 

Court order only

ARC provides this map as a quick guide with links to:

  • How to request records

  • Key sections of state statutes

  • Recent legislation

  • Active state advocacy groups

State "Sunshine Laws" typically exclude access to adoption records and original birth certificates. 


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