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Remove your donor anonymity

If you donated at a UK-licensed clinic anonymously between 1 August 1991 and 31 March 2005 you can choose to remove your anonymity. This means that any adult conceived from your donation can get in touch with you if they want to. This page will explain how you can remove your anonymity.

Why do some people choose to remove their anonymity?

Some people remove their anonymity because they want to give the people conceived from their donation the chance to understand their origins.

Many donors are also curious themselves to meet the people conceived from their donation – do we share any traits or interests? Do they look like me? It’s natural for both parties to wonder about these kinds of questions.  

What will happen once I’ve removed my anonymity?

If you remove your anonymity, this means you agree to us sharing your name, date and place of birth, and most recent address with any adult conceived from your donation who asks for it.

We can’t contact people conceived from your donation directly. However, if a person has previously applied for this information when you were anonymous, but you later remove your anonymity, we have a web page where they can check this using a reference number known only to them and us.

If we are contacted for your details, we will try to let you know before we release your name and address. This should give you a chance to talk things through with family and/or friends and get support from our free and confidential support service. It’s important that you keep your address and contact details up to date with us as, if we can’t reach you, we are still legally obliged to release your information.

Find out more about preparing for possible contact from someone conceived from your donation.

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What if I remove my anonymity but later change my mind?

You need to be aware that, if you re-register as an identifiable donor, your anonymity cannot be re-instated at a later date. This makes it all the more important for you to take your time at this stage to consider all the implications for yourself and any others who may be affected by your decision.

What if I remove my anonymity but I’m not contacted? Can I get in touch with them?

Sadly not. Not everyone knows they have been conceived as the result of a donation, so they may not even know to look for you. This can understandably be upsetting for some people, so you should consider talking through your expectations with family and/or friends and with a professional through our support service.

You can, however, find out the number of children conceived from your donation, their gender and year of birth if you donated after 1 August 1991.

Apply for information

What kind of emotional support is available?

We have a support service run by specialists with experience supporting people who have donated and people who are donor-conceived. If you donated at a licensed UK clinic between August 1991 and March 2005 and are considering removing your anonymity, or your contact details have been requested, you can have a number of sessions for free.

Find out more about our confidential, free support service

How can I remove my anonymity?

First, if you haven’t already, we strongly recommend you apply to us for the outcome of your donation.

Apply for information

Next, please read our information on preparing to re-register as an indentifiable donor and consider talking about the implications of your decision with others who may be affected by it and, if desired, with a professional either at the clinic where you donated or through our confidential, free support service.

Finally, please complete this application form to remove your donor anonymity and return it to:

HFEA Information Team
10 Spring Gardens
London
SW1A 2BU

You will also need to provide proof of ID and address (unless you have previously done so within the last five years and your name/address have not since changed):

One form of 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 (containing your date of birth)

One proof of 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. We recommend you send them via a trackable method, such as special or recorded delivery. 

We guarantee to return originals within five working days by special delivery post.

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Review date: 9 October 2021

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