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New Hampshire - Access to the Original Birth Certificate

Obtaining Non-Identifying Information:

Adopted adults age 18 or older and adoptive parents may obtain non-identifying information.

Obtaining an Original Birth Certificate:

As of January 1, 2005, adult adopted persons who were born in New Hampshire have unrestricted access to their original birth certificates upon request.

Adopted Persons age 18 and over

Adopted persons can obtain the birth certificate application form from:

Division of Vital Records Administration
Health & Welfare Building
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-4650
toll free: 1 (800) 852-3345. ext. 4651

or online from

There is a $12 application fee (which applies whether or not the birth certificate can be located).

Birth/First Parents

Parents who placed children for adoption in New Hampshire have the option of stating their preference for contact by the adopted person an intermediary. There is Contact Preference Form for this purpose available from the Division of Vital Records.

The Contact Preference Form also gives birth/first parents the chance to provide updated medical information for the adopted person.

If a birth/first parent indicates on the form that no contact is preferred, the medical update must be provided.


Citation: New Hampshire Revised Statutes (1999), Sections 170-B:1 to 170-B:26




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