Surrogacy regulations around the world, captured in maps and data.

Surrogacy Regulation by Country

There is no international regulation of surrogacy. Surrogacy laws vary considerably around the world, and many countries do not regulate commercial or altruistic surrogacy at all. In some countries, like the United States, Australia, and Mexico, regulations vary by state. Intended parents pursuing surrogacy arrangements should independently verify the laws in the country where arrangements are being made and in the country where they plan to reside. It is also important to know that practices on the ground do not always reflect the laws of that country.

 
 
Commercial: prohibited
Altruistic: prohibited
 
Commercial: prohibited
Altruistic: unregulated
 
Commercial: prohibited
Altruistic: permitted
 
Commercial: unregulated
Altruistic: unregulated
 
Commercial: legal
Altruistic: legal
 
Commercial: No Information
Altruistic: No Information

Intended parents pursuing surrogacy arrangements should independently verify the laws in the country where arrangements are being made and in the country where they plan to reside.

Please note: where an “X” appears, the criterion is prohibited. Where a “” appears, the criterion is permitted. The table can also be sorted by clicking on the individual column headers. You can further filter the information by individual country or surrogacy policies.

 
 
 
 
 

The table can also be sorted by clicking on the individual column headers. To view the official text, click on those records that have ““.

 
 

The United States doesn’t regulate surrogacy at a federal level. Four states prohibit all surrogacy arrangements, 12 states permit and regulate paid surrogacy, more than half of states have some regulation but not comprehensive policy, and a number of states have no regulation at all (generally because it has not yet been taken up by the state legislature).

 
 

At a federal level, commercial surrogacy is prohibited and altruistic surrogacy is unregulated.

 
 

At a federal level, commercial surrogacy is unregulated. Only five states regulate surrogacy.