Amended Certificate of Birth

How to Apply for an Amended Certificate of Birth

Applying to amend a birth certificate in the State of Hawaii may defer depending on your situation. To be eligible to apply for an amended birth certificate, you must meet one of the five designations below.

For a person born in the State of Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health and:

1.  Has become legally adopted An amended birth certificate will be prepared upon receipt of a certified copy of a final adoption decree or an abstract of the decree, and after payment of any fees.
2.  Is requesting a new birth certificate with a sex designation change Must apply for a new birth certificate for a sex designation change by following the special instructions here.
3.  A legal determination of the nonexistence of a parent-child relationship for a person identified as a parent on the birth certificate on file has been made An amended birth certificate will be prepared upon receipt of a final order, judgment, or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction that determined the nonexistence of a parent-child relationship for a person identified as a parent on the birth certificate on file and the person, and payment of any fees.
4.  Previously recorded information in relation to the person’s surname and/or the father’s personal particulars has been altered pursuant to law An amended birth certificate will be prepared upon receipt of an affidavit of paternity, a court order establishing paternity, or a certificate of marriage establishing the marriage of the natural parents to each other, and payment of any fees.

5.  For a person born in a foreign country who has been legally adopted in the State of Hawaii, an amended birth certificate will be prepared upon receipt of a certified copy of the adoption decree or the certificate of adoption, and payment of fees.

More Information

To obtain more information about amending a birth certificate or to make an appointment to discuss the desired amendment in person with a member of our registration staff, call (808) 586-4539 or send a written letter of inquiry to:

State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Registration/Corrections Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Counter service is available Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred.