Surrogacy by State - Surrogacy Laws

If you're looking for how to become a surrogate, it's important to understand the surrogacy laws in your state. Every state has different surrogacy laws, so it's important to work with an agency with experienced lawyers on staff, like Circle!

What is surrogacy?
 What are the different surrogacy laws?

What are the different surrogacy laws?

Because surrogacy laws differ by state, there is no one answer to this question. Forty six US states recognize gestational surrogacy, and women from those states can apply to become a surrogate with Circle Surrogacy. There are 4 US states that do not recognize gestational surrogacy, and surrogacy contracts are "illegal" in those states (women who live in New York, Nebraska, Michigan and Louisiana are not able to apply to become surrogates at this time).

Surrogacy Laws by State for Surrogates

Surrogacy laws can not only vary state by state, but they can even differ within counties or courts. And, they are always evolving and changing. Become a surrogate in your state by click on your state below to see the surrogacy laws in your area.










New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina



Rhode Island




If you don't see your state listed, don't worry! We work with surrogates from 46 states and you can apply right here.

Is it better to work with a surrogacy agency in my home state?

As a surrogate, your surrogacy agency does not need to be "local" or close by. You should choose an agency based on what they offer, if their beliefs match yours, and how you felt interacting with them. Take it from experienced surrogates: you'll never need to go to your agency, so it can be located anywhere!

Why should I choose Circle Surrogacy?
Whether you are an intended parent, a surrogate or an egg donor, when you embark on a journey with Circle, we promise to be beside you every step of the way. We promise to educate, lead and guide you through your surrogacy and egg donation journey. We will work tirelessly to help you achieve success and fulfill your dream.

​We are a full-service agency. You will work closely with a Journey Coordination team who will guide and support you throughout your entire journey, including social work, legal and billing support. Circle is the only agency in the world to provide unparalleled program offerings for parents, such as unlimited surrogate and egg donor matching, and an unlimited IVF package. We employ an in-house legal staff who is well-versed in reproductive and surrogacy law and insurance contracts.

At Circle, we have the highest level of dedication to building families than any other agency. We'll help you navigate the road, smooth the bumps, and cheer when we reach our destination. Every person who works at Circle is dedicated to doing everything they can to help you build your family. The Circle Staff goes above and beyond to help you achieve your dream of parenthood.
How do I apply to become a surrogate?
If you are interested in applying to our program to become a surrogate, you can fill out an online form here. The application takes about 10 minutes, and it's easy to apply right from your phone. You will be contacted within about 24 hours to inform you of the next steps.