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Apply for information about your donor

A donor-conceived person applying for information about their donorBefore applying to find out information about your donor, think through how this knowledge could affect you.

You may find it useful to talk through your thoughts and feelings with family and friends before you make an application to the HFEA. There are a number of professional support groups ready to offer a helping hand as well.

Formal application

Once you have had a chance to think about what it may mean to access information about your donor and/or donor-conceived genetic siblings from the HFEA, fill out the form below, attach a proof of identification and address and return it to:

            Information team
            Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
            10 Spring Gardens
            London SW1A 2BU

Donor-conceived couples of any age, who intend to marry, can submit a joint application to the HFEA to discover whether they are genetically related to each other.

For more information, send an email to: openingtheregister@hfea.gov.uk

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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
  • Payslip
  • NHS card

We can only accept original identity documents or copies that have been certified by a solicitor.

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Processing the application

Once the HFEA receives your request to access information about your donor and/or donor-conceived genetic siblings, the request will be processed as soon as possible.

First of all your proofs of identity and address will be returned to you by special delivery within five working days. The information you have requested will follow by special delivery as soon as possible - within a maximum of 20 working days.

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Further information

If you have any questions about applying for donor information, or would like further advice, send and email to openingtheregister@hfea.gov.uk


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Page last updated: 02 June 2015

The way we provide donor information is changing

From 1 October 2012 the HFEA will be changing the way it provides donor information to parents and donor-conceived people. 


...find out more about the new process

Getting married?

Donor-conceived people over the age of 16 who are considering entering into an intimate physical relationship can apply to find out if they might be genetically related to their intended partner.

For more information, complete and submit  the below form:

Support & advice

A donor-conceived person talking to her friendFinding out about your donor, and about any donor-conceived genetic siblings you may have, can be an emotional process.

We encourage you to undertake this journey with the support of others.

Find out where to get support, and what you should consider when applying for information about your donor.

...more about support & advice

Further information

Question markIf you have any questions about applying for donor information, or would like further advice, get in touch with the HFEA.

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