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Apply for information

On this page, donor-conceived people, their parents and donors can find out how to apply to us for information. Applying for information is free of charge and usually takes 20 working days to process.

Donors applying for information about children conceived from their donation

If you donated after 1 August 1991, you can find out:

  • the number of children conceived from your donation
  • the gender of the child(ren) conceived from your donation
  • the year of birth of the child(ren) conceived from your donation.

We recommend donors wait at least a year after their donation before applying to us for this information. This is because clinics have about 14 weeks after a recipient’s estimated due date to let us know the outcome. 

You'll need to complete the online application for information about any children conceived from your donation.

Alternatively you can print and complete the paper application for information about any children conceived from your donation and post it to us via a trackable mail service along with your proof of ID and address (please see below for acceptable documents to use for proof).

Donor-conceived people applying for information about their donor and any siblings

The amount of information we can provide about your donor and/or siblings depends on when you were conceived. To find out what kind of information we can give go to: Finding out about your donor and genetic siblings.

You'll need to complete the online application for information about your donor and/or donor-conceived genetic siblings.

Alternatively you can print and complete the paper application for information about your donor and/or donor-conceived genetic siblings form and post it to us via a trackable mail service along with your proof of ID and address (please see below for acceptable documents to use for proof).

 

 

 

 

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Parents of donor-conceived children applying for information about their donor and/or siblings

As the parent of a donor-conceived child, you can’t access any identifying information about their donor. However, you can access some non-identifying information about their donor and siblings. Find out what information is available here.

You'll need to complete the online application for information about your child(ren)'s donor and/or donor-conceived genetic sibling(s).

Alternatively you can print and complete the paper application for information about your child(ren)'s donor and/or donor-conceived genetic sibling(s) form and post it to us via a trackable mail service along with your proof of ID and address (please see below for acceptable documents to use for proof).

Donor-conceived people applying to find out if they are genetically related to their partner

If you and your partner, or someone you’re thinking about getting involved with, were both conceived with donor sperm, eggs or embryos, you can find out if you’re genetically related (ie, the same donor was used).

You both must have been conceived after 1 August 1991 and be aged over 16 to apply for this information.

You'll both need to complete the online joint application to find out if you and your partner are genetically related.

Alternatively you can print and complete the paper joint application to find out if you and your partner are genetically related form and post it to us via a trackable mail service along with your proof of ID and address (please see below for acceptable documents to use for proof).

Permitted ID and proof of address

Everyone applying for information must provide one proof of identification and one proof of address. We can only accept original identity documents, or copies that have been certified by a solicitor. If you are completing a paper application, we recommend you send them via a trackable method, such as special or recorded delivery. Your proof of ID and address will be returned to you within five days by special delivery.

Please note, if you've previously applied to us for information within the last five years and your name and/or address haven't changed, you don't need to resubmit your proof of ID and address.

Identification

  • 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
  • pay slip
  • NHS card.

Where to send your completed application and supporting documents

  • Supporting documents for online applications are submitted online.
  • For paper applications, please post your completed application, proof of ID and proof of address to: HFEA Information team, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BU (The information you requested will be posted to you by special delivery within 28 days.)

Questions?

You can get in touch with the team on openingtheregister@hfea.gov.uk.

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Review date: 26 September 2021

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