Hawaii Birth Records

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Hawaii has been maintaining birth records since 1896 when the government made it mandatory to begin recording vital events such as births. An incomplete collection is available as far back as 1853, and the earliest known records date all the way back to 1826, where they are on file at the Hawaii State Archives in Honolulu.

Hawaii is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them. Birth records in Hawaii become public once they are 75 years old, which is for births in 1942 and before.

Hawaii Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1896-2017 for the entire state of Hawaii is The Department of Public Health, where they provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.


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