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Apply for information

A parent applying for information about their child's donorBefore applying to find out information about your child’s donor, think through how this knowledge could affect you and your child.

You may find it useful to talk through your thoughts and feelings with 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 child’s donor from the HFEA, send the form with proof of identity and address documents.

Parent application for information about your child's donor and or donor-conceived genetic siblings (PDF 496 KB)

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


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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 child’s donor and/or genetic siblings, the request can be processed.

First, your proof 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 - within a maximum of 20 working days.


Further information

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

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Page last updated: 14 October 2016

The way we provide donor information is changing…

From 1 October 2012, if you decide to seek information about your child’s donor, the HFEA will provide this information in a different way.


...find out more about the new process

Talk to your child

Mother talking to her donor-conceived childTalking to your donor-conceived child about their origins can be a difficult subject to broach.

Get advice on how to approach this sensitive issue. 

...more about talking to your child

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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