Order official Hawaii Birth Certificates and Vital Records online

A birth certificate is a vital legal document that verifies an individual's birth and serves as proof of identity, citizenship, and age. It is crucial for various purposes such as applying for passports, enrolling in school, obtaining a driver's license, and accessing government benefits. Knowing how to obtain a birth certificate is essential for anyone born in Hawaii. Below is a comprehensive guide on how to obtain a Hawaii birth certificate, including who can request one, the required documents, the application process, the associated costs, and the processing time.

Who Can Request a Birth Certificate?

In Hawaii, birth certificates can be requested by:

  • • The individual named on the birth certificate, if they are at least 18 years old;
  • • Immediate family members, including parents, legal guardians, and grandparents;
  • • Legal representatives or attorneys with a legitimate interest;
  • • Government agencies requiring the document for official duties.

What Documents Are Required?

To apply for a Hawaii birth certificate, you need to provide the following documents:

  • • A government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport);
  • • A completed application form for a birth certificate; you can download it here;
  • • Appropriate payment (details on costs provided below).

How to Obtain a Hawaii Birth Certificate

By Mail

To request a birth certificate by mail:

  • • Complete the application form;
  • • Attach a copy of your government-issued ID;
  • • Include a money order or cashier's check for the applicable fee;
  • • Mail it to: State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801.

In Person

You can also visit the Department of Health office in Honolulu for in-person requests. Make sure to bring your government-issued ID and payment for the fee.


Online requests can be made through the third-party service VitalChek. Simply follow the instructions on their site to complete the application process.

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

  • • Ensure all required documents are complete and accurate;
  • • Double-check your application form for any errors before submission;
  • • Track your mail when sending sensitive documents.

How Much Does a Birth Certificate Cost?

The cost for obtaining a Hawaii birth certificate is as follows:

  • • $12.50 for the first copy;
  • • $4 for each additional copy ordered at the same time;
  • • Additional service fees for expedited or online requests may apply when using VitalChek.

Processing Time

Processing times vary based on the method of application:

  • • Mail: Approximately 6-8 weeks;
  • • In Person: Same day or next business day, depending on volume;
  • • Online (VitalChek): 5-10 business days with expedited processing options available.

Obtaining a Hawaii birth certificate is an important process that requires careful attention to detail. Following the guidelines provided ensures that your application is processed smoothly and without delay. If you have specific questions or need further help, don't hesitate to contact the Hawaii Department of Health directly via their official website.

State Department of Health - Vital Records Section

AddressP.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801-9984
Phone number(808) 586-4533