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Obtaining Hawaii Birth Certificates

Introduction to Hawaii Birth Certificates

 

This article is designed to help you get a Hawaii birth certificate.  Counter to common belief, not everything is on the Internet.  Personal birth certificates are one of the items that are not readily available online, and that is probably a good thing.  You do not want your birth certificate in the public domain, where it can be seen by anyone.  However, this does not mean that you can’t easily get your birth certificate.  

Hawaii birth certificates have been maintained by the Hawaii Office of Health Status Monitoring, a unit of the Department of Health for individuals born in the state of Hawaii since 1853.

 

Online Databases that have Hawaii Birth Information  

 

 Database
 Description
American Vital Records from the Gentleman's Magazine
The Gentleman's Magazine was founded in London in 1731. The first publication of its type, it featured a broad mix of news, essays, poetry, parliamentary debates, book reviews, and antiquarian notes. For the genealogist it is an absolute treasure-house of useful data. From the day of its inception until 1868 it published columns listing births, marriages, and deaths, enabling people throughout the English-speaking world to keep abreast of friends and relatives at home and abroad. These columns contain thousands of entries relating to North American which have now been extracted to form a unique source of genealogical reference material for the period from 1731 to 1868.
National Huguenot Society Bible Records
The National Huguenot Society is one of our most esteemed lineage organizations. Its members, of course, are the descendants of the French Protestants who fled their homeland during the religious wars of the 17th century and, especially, following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685. Many of those Huguenots who ultimately fled to the American colonies would settle in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia, later arrivals dispersing to Pennsylvania and other states.
U.S. County History Catalog
Thousands of county histories organized by state and county.
Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol. IThis work is a compilation of birth and death records from the Bowman files, the largest manuscript resource on Mayflower genealogy in existence.  With references to 50,000 Mayflower relations, this two-volume work contains, besides records of births, baptisms, deaths and burials, references to burial location, cause of death, and address at death gleaned from land and will records, court and church records, transcripts of personal letters, and more. Volume I
Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol. IIThis work is a compilation of birth and death records from the Bowman files, the largest manuscript resource on Mayflower genealogy in existence.  With references to 50,000 Mayflower relations, this two-volume work contains, besides records of births, baptisms, deaths and burials, references to burial location, cause of death, and address at death gleaned from land and will records, court and church records, transcripts of personal letters, and more. Volume II

 

 

Hawaii Birth Certificate Authorized Persons

 

By Hawaii state law, Hawaii birth certificates are confidential records and can only be obtained by the following authorized individuals:

  • Person Named on the Hawaii Birth Certificate
  • Mother/Father (or Legal Guardian) of Person Named on the Hawaii Birth Certificate
  • Husband/Wife of Person Named on the Hawaii Birth Certificate 
  • Adult Son/Daughter of Person Named on the Hawaii Birth Certificate
  • Sister/Brother of individual named on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Person having a common ancestor of individual named on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Personal representative of individual named on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Legal Representative of an Authorized Person of Person Named on the Hawaii Birth Certificate

 

Hawaii Birth Certificate for Genealogy Purpose

 

Anyone can obtain a Hawaii Birth Certificate, 75 years or later from the date of the birth for genealogy or other reasons.  Also, because genealogy requests are not considered urgent, they are not processed as priority requests.

 

Hawaii Birth Certificate Ordering

 

Options Option 1 – Order Hawaii Birth Certificate Online

This option is the simplest and easiest way to get your Hawaii Birth Certificate.  Order online and you will get your Hawaii Birth Certificate usually in less than a week.  Many times you will have the option of receiving your vital record by next-day or second-day service.

Order Birth and Death Records Online!  

 

Option 2 – Order Hawaii Birth Certificate through the Mail

Follow the instructions below, if you are not ordering your Hawaii birth certificate online.  It usually takes 2-3 weeks upon receipt of request to be sent to you:


Step 1: Download Mail-In Application

Step 2: Please provide as much of the following information as possible to locate the Hawaii birth certificate:

  • Full name of person at birth on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Date of birth on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Sex on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • County (or city) of birth on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Hospital of birth - if not in a hospital state "home" 
  • Full maiden name of mother on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Full name of father on the Hawaii birth certificate
  • Your name 
  • Your signature 
  • Your relationship to the person whose Hawaii birth certificate you are requesting 
  • Address where the Hawaii birth certificate is to be mailed 
  • Self addressed stamped envelope
  • Your daytime phone number
  • By Mail: Send the above information and the appropriate fee to:
 
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

 

Option 3 – In Person

Walk-in service is available:

  • Days - Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and furlough days)
  • Hours - 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location - Room 103 (1st floor) of the Health Department building, 1250 Punchbowl Street (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)


When applying in person, the applicant must show a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a State ID, driver's license, etc.

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. 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.

 

Hawaii Birth Certificate Ordering Cost

 

The fee to search for a Hawaii birth certificate is $10.00, which includes one certified copy of the Hawaii birth certificate or a "Certificate of Failure to Find." For each additional copy of the Hawaii birth certificate ordered at the same time, the fee is $4.00.  Money order, certified check, or cashier’s check - make money order and checks payable to the State Department of Health.   Please do not send cash or personal checks. Fees are not refundable. Additional fees are required for expedited service.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2009 23:45