A new New York state law now allows people who've been adopted, to request a copy of their birth certificate -- even if it was a closed adoption.

WGRZ reports, "any adoptee who turns 18 years old will have the right to get a certified copy of their original birth certificate." The law goes into effect on Wednesday.

"Every person has the right to know where they come from, and this new law grants all New Yorkers the same unrestricted rights to their original birth records," said Governor Andrew Cuomo in a released statement to WGRZ.

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