Re-register as an identifiable donor
If you donated before 1 April 2005 you can choose to remove your anonymity – and potentially become identifiable to any children born from your donation. This is known as ‘re-registering’.
If you re-register, your donor-conceived offspring may choose to make contact with you once they reach the age of 18. We will try to contact you first using the details held on file to let you know that a request for your contact details has been made.
Before deciding whether to re-register, you may wish to consider how this could impact on you and your family and we have developed some leaflets to help you with this.
- Preparing to re-register as an identifiable donor (PDF 248 KB)
- Preparing for possible contact from someone conceived from your donation (PDF 248 KB)
We recommend that you talk these issues through with family and friends. If you think you need further help thinking through the issues, we can provide professional support.
This involves being referred to a specialist with expertise in supporting people involved in, or affected by, donation. If you donated at a UK licensed centre between August 1991 and March 2005, we can offer you a number of free sessions.
Alternatively, you can ask to speak to a counsellor at the clinic you donated at to talk through the implications of re-registering as an identifiable donor.
Bear in mind that you may not be contacted by any donor-conceived offspring. This could be for a number of reasons, including the possibility that they do not know they are donor-conceived.
If you donate through an HFEA-licensed clinic, you will not be legally responsible for any child born as result of your donation. For more information see:
Apply for removal of anonymity
If you donated before 1 April 2005, you can remove your anonymity.
If you wish to become an identifiable donor, please complete the application form and return to the address below:
- Application to remove anonymity for donors (PDF 344 KB)
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BU
Identification and proof of address
As part of the application process, you will be asked for proof of identification and address.
The HFEA accepts:
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate (if your name has changed since this was issued, you also need to submit deed poll documentation or a marriage certificate)
- Valid full or provisional UK driving licence (photo card)
- Valid old style paper UK driving licence (pre-1998 containing your date of birth)
Address (dated within the last three months)
- Utility bill
- Council tax bill
- Bank statement
- Credit card statement
- NHS card
We can only accept original identity documents or copies that have been certified by a solicitor.
Page last updated: 01 June 2015