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State Offices

State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Statistics Section
1250 Punch Bowl Ave, Rm 103
P. O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-4533
Phone: (808) 586-4539
Phone: (808) 586-4542
Email: vr-info@mail.health.state.hi.us
Website

Hawaii State Archives
Kekauluohi Building
Iolani Palace Grounds
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0329
Website

Hawaii State Library
478 South King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813-2901
Phone: (808) 586-3617
Website

Regardless of the reasons, vital records serve a valuable purpose, and the State of Hawaii maintains these important documents, which are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods.

Remarks: All requests must include a copy of Government or State-issued Photo ID and signature of the person requesting the certificate.

Amendments of Record

Vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates) on file with the Department of Health may be amended (i.e., changes, corrections, additions, deletions, or substitutions) upon submission of the required documentation.

Fee: $3.00
Notes: An original entry on a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate may be amended by either the private request of an individual or an order of a court of competent jurisdiction. An amendment includes changes, corrections, additions, deletions, or substitutions.

Remarks: Once an amendment of an item is made, that item will not be amended again without a court order or, if a person's name is to be changed, without a change of name decree.

Three ways to obtain a copy of your certificate:

Mail-In - As of January 2009, certified copies will normally be sent out within 2-3 weeks after receipt and approval of the application.

Remarks: The return time may be extended for records that are very old, because the search to locate the record may take longer, or in the process of being filed, because the official record is still being created.

In Person - Certified copies are usually not issued on the day the application is made. Same-Day service may be provided upon presentation of written documentation establishing the need for urgency.

Remarks: Certified copies will normally be available for pick-up about 10 working days after the request is approved. The pick-up time may be extended for records that are very old, because the search to locate the record may take longer, or in the process of being filed, because the official record is still being created.

VitalCheck
Secured online applications to request for vital records, which accepts all major credit card payments, can be made through VitalCheck with an additional charge for their service.

Vital Records

Birth

Location:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Statistics Section
1250 Punch Bowl Ave, Rm 103
P. O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-4533
Phone: (808) 586-4539
Phone: (808) 586-4542
Email: vr-info@mail.health.state.hi.us
Website

Local government authorities and clergymen recorded earlier than 1860 birth records. You will find these at the Hawaii State Archives, the Department of Health, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Honolulu.

Fee: $10.00
Time-frame: Since 1853
Notes: Additional copies ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: Existing records for the city of Honolulu, for instance, date from 1841 to 1896. Records are usually in Hawaiian.

Apostilles and Authentications

Apostilles and the authentication of certified copies of vital records for international legalization can be provided. Apostilles are prepared by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Fee: $10.00
Notes: Additional copies ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: For those foreign countries who are nations that have joined the 1961 Hague Convention, the authentication process requires just one official form called an Apostille to accompany the birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate.

Genealogy Request

Records of events that occurred more than 75 years prior to the current year can be ordered by persons working on genealogy projects. Since genealogy requests are not considered urgent, they are not processed as priority requests.

Remarks: Applications for issuance of copies of vital records by an individual working on genealogy projects must be submitted in writing. No telephone or Internet (e-mail) requests will be accepted.

Amended Certificate of Birth

Amended certificates of birth may be prepared and filed with the Department of Health, as provided by law, for

  • 1) a person born in Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health or;
  • 2) a person born in a foreign country.

Remarks: Any additional application forms that may be required will be provided by the Department of Health after receipt of the necessary documents in support of the establishment of an amended certificate of birth.

Late Registration

Late registration, registration one year or more after the date of the event's occurrence, of certificates are permitted subject to evidentiary requirements.

Remarks: Registration of a late certificate of death, marriage, or divorce may be requested by the person in charge of the disposition of the body, marriage officiant or performer, or court clerk, respectively.

Voluntary Establishment of Paternity (VEP)

Paternity for a child with unmarried parents can be legally established and reflected in the child's birth certificate as described in the Voluntary Establishment of Paternity (VEP) brochure link below.

Death

Location:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Statistics Section
1250 Punch Bowl Ave, Rm 103
P. O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-4533
Phone: (808) 586-4539
Phone: (808) 586-4542
Email: vr-info@mail.health.state.hi.us
Website

When it comes to searching death records, it is important that you have enough information about a person to ensure that the search that you are performing is as accurate as possible.

Fee: $10.00
Time-frame: Since 1862
Notes: Additional copies ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: Hawaii death records can be issued to persons who are authorized under law for various purposes, such as proving eligibility to survivor benefits, property rights, and other legal rights or transactions that may be made available with the help of the certificate.

Marriage

Location:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Statistics Section
1250 Punch Bowl Ave, Rm 103
P. O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-4533
Phone: (808) 586-4539
Phone: (808) 586-4542
Email: vr-info@mail.health.state.hi.us
Website

A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.

A newly married couple receives one certified copy of the marriage certificate at no extra charge, which will be sent to the couple by mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed.

Certificate Fee: $10.00
Time-frame: Since 1841
Notes: Additional copies ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or performer with the Department of Health.

Divorce

Location:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Statistics Section
1250 Punch Bowl Ave, Rm 103
P. O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-4533
Phone: (808) 586-4539
Phone: (808) 586-4542
Email: vr-info@mail.health.state.hi.us
Website

From January 2003, divorce records are available only through the county circuit court.

Certificate Fee: $10.00
Time-frame: Since July 1951 - December 2002
Notes: Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

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