Vital Records Home
Welcome to the Office of Health Status Monitoring’s Vital Records homepage!
|To order certified copies of birth certificates
or marriage certificates online, click the
|To apply for a marriage license in the state of Hawaii,
click the button below.
Instructions and other records:
|Birth & Marriage Certificates||Register a Reciprocal Beneficiary Relationship||Request Amendments|
|Apply for a Marriage License||Apostilles||Establish Paternity|
|Death Certificates||Genealogy Requests||Late Birth Certificate|
- Applying online is the quickest way to order certified copies of birth certificates and marriage certificates.
- To avoid delays, pay for your order by credit card. The name on the credit card should match the name of the person making the request.
- Double-check and make sure all of your information is filled out correctly and you provided the correct payment amount. Incorrect information or payment amounts will result in delayed processing times.
- Include a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID with your order (e.g., Driver’s license, State ID, Passport).
- Include mother’s or bride’s birth certificate surname (given name before her first marriage) on requests for birth and marriage records.
- When ordering marriage certificates, include the full names of both marriage partners.
- If you are ordering a certified copy of a vital record for someone other than yourself, you must provide proof of your relationship to the named registrant of the record (e.g., parent, spouse, son, daughter, etc.) by including a copy of your birth or marriage certificate so that a “tangible interest” can be established.
- Provide correct payment by credit card (for birth and marriage certificates: $12.50 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy).
- Orders by mail will take longer because the postal service is outside of our control and most mail orders are missing information needed to complete the order (e.g., missing copy of valid government-issued photo ID, proof of relationship to person’s record being ordered, incorrect payment, etc.).
- DOH’s Office of Health Status Monitoring does not have access to all divorce records. Divorce records are kept in the court where the divorce took place. Requests for divorce certificates should be directed to the court in which the divorce occurred.
- Death certificates are normally ordered through the mortuary handling funeral arrangements. Go here for more information.
Wait Times for Vital Record Orders
Processing times vary depending on the type of record ordered and the method used to make the order. Here are estimated processing times you can expect when making requests:
|Application Type||Pick Up Type||Processing Time|
|In person||In person||1-3 working days|
|Online||In person||1-3 working days|
|Online||10 working days*|
* The average processing time shown on the online application page is automatically populated by an algorithm that calculates the average total processing time for all orders from the previous week. This includes orders that provided incorrect information and payment, delaying processing. Corrections have to be made before we can fulfill these orders for certified copies, which can take long periods of time to resolve. If people correctly fill out the online order form and tender the correct payment amount, they can expect their order to be processed and mailed out usually within 10 business days as noted above.
Hours for walk-in service on Oahu
On Oahu, walk-in service is available at our main office for those who wish to apply or pick up their records in person. See below for hours of operation:
- Days: Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
- Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Location: 1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 103 (1st floor) at the main Hawaii Department of Health building (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)
- Parking: Metered parking is available for $1/hour in a lot in front of the building with entry from Punchbowl Street.
To inquire about the status of a vital records order, call (808) 586-4539 or email doh.issuanceQuery@doh.hawaii.gov.
If your call is not answered, please leave a message with the details of your request and our office staff will get back to you. Make sure to leave a message with the following information and we will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Your full name;
- The best phone number and/or email address for you;
- The type of record request you are inquiring about (e.g., birth, death, marriage, etc.);
- The name of the record holder, if different from yourself; and
- The name of the applicant, if different from yourself.
If you live on the neighbor islands, you may still order records online and may contact the local District Health Office location in your area for assistance: