Who is Eligible to Apply for a Genealogy Request?
Any private individual or individual employed, endorsed, or sponsored by a governmental or private organization or agency, working on genealogy projects may apply for issuance of copies of vital records on file with the Department of Health. Any applicant seeking issuance of copies of vital records of events that occurred seventy-five years or less prior to the current year must establish a direct and tangible interest in the records to be eligible for them (see Certified Copies for more information). An applicant need not establish a direct and tangible interest in vital records of events that occurred more than seventy-five years prior to the current year to apply for these records.
How to Apply for a Genealogy Request
- 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. Send applications by postal mail to:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801
- The application should include the following information:
- the name of the applicant,
- if appropriate, the organization or agency employing, endorsing, or sponsoring the applicant,
- a brief description of the genealogical project the applicant is working on,
- a list of names of individuals whose records the applicant desires to obtain, and
- the type of record (birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate) or records for each of the named individual that the applicant desires to obtain.
- For vital records of events that occurred seventy-five years or less prior to the current year, the applicant must establish a direct and tangible interest in the records.
- For issuance of copies of vital records, the applicant will be charged the same fees as for certified copies.
- Genealogy requests are not considered urgent and are not processed as priority requests.
Microfilm copies of selected vital records indexes are available at the Hawaii State Library (Main Library), located at 478 South King Street in Honolulu, Hawaii and Pacific Collection. Call (808) 586-3535 for further information.
Indexes to birth records for the years 1896-1909 are available at the Hawaii State Library (Main Library, Hilo, Kahului, Kaneohe, Lihue, and Kailua-Kona), and the University of Hawaii Library, Hawaiian Collection. These are indexes only. Actual birth records are with the Department of Health. Call (808) 956-8264 for further information.
Microfilm copies of selected vital records are available at the Genealogical Society of Utah’s Family History Centers in Hawaii. For further information, call one of the following Centers:
Honolulu: (808) 955-8910
Kalihi: (808) 845-9701
Kaneohe: (808) 247-3134
Laie: (808) 293-2133
Mililani: (808) 623-1712
Waipahu: (808) 678-0752
Kahului: (808) 877-0586
Kau: (808) 929-7123
Kona: (808) 329-4469