Adult adoptees in Idaho do not have unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates. Access is available only by court order or conditionally through a state-operated “voluntary adoption registry.” Disclosure of an original birth certificate through the registry is subject to consent of the parties and may require the consent of both birth parents.
Adult adoptees in Hawaii have unrestricted access to their court adoption records, which typically include original birth certificates. Access to the court record is provided upon request to an adoptee who is 18 years of age or older.
Adult adoptees in Georgia do not have access to their original birth certificates, except by court order.
Adult adoptees in Florida do not have access to their original birth certificates, except by court order. Identifying information may be released to an adult adoptee if a birth parent consents to the release or if a court orders the records released for good cause.
Minnesota law does not provide adult adoptees with unrestricted access to their original birth certificates. Access to OBCs in Minnesota is ridiculously complex and based primarily on the date of adoption and whether a birth parent objects to disclosure.
Most adult adoptees in the District of Columbia do not have access to their original birth certificates, except by court order. The courts, whether DC Superior Court or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, control all aspects of releasing an OBC or any identifying information for adoptions initiated after August 31, 1937.
Adult adoptees do not have unrestricted access to their original birth certificates in California. Adult adoptees must petition the court and show “good and compelling cause” to disclose original birth records. Courts, however, must give “great weight” to the fact that the petitioning adoptee is an adult.
Currently, nearly all adult adoptees in Oklahoma must obtain a court order and show good cause for the release of an original birth certificate. An exception exists to this requirement for adoptions finalized after November 1, 1997.