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Apply for information

On this page, donor-conceived people, their parents and donors can 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, their gender and year of birth.

We recommend egg 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. 

We recommend sperm donors wait at least two years after finishing their clinic’s donation programme before applying to us for this information, or ask their clinic for guidance on how long to wait before applying.

You’ll need to complete the below form and post it to us with your ID and proof of address (see below for what we accept):

Application for information about any children conceived from your donation

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 below form and post it to us with your ID and proof of address (see below for what we accept)

Application for information about your donor and/or donor-conceived genetic siblings

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.

Finding out about your child's donor or donor-conceived siblings

Talk to your child about their origins

You’ll need to complete the below form and post it to us with your ID and proof of address (see below for what we accept):

Application for information about your child(ren)'s donor and/or donor-conceived genetic sibling(s)

 

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 below form and post it to us with ID and proof of address for both of you (see below for what we accept):

Joint application to find out if you and your partner are genetically related.

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.  

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

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: 13 July 2019