Hawaii Birth Records Search

Hawaii’s Department of Health Vital Records office handles all birth records and issues copies as well as performs all Hawaii birth records searches.

Hawaii considers birth records to be private, and you must show you have a direct and tangible interest in the birth record. Only the following people can get a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, your spouse, parents, children, grandchildren, your legal guardian, siblings, adoptive parents, a governmentagency or an authorized legal representative of your state.

When applying for a copy, you must first fill out the application with the following information: reason for request, requestor’s full name and address, requestor’s phone number, requestor’s email address, requestor’s driver’s license number, person’s name on the record, person’s date of birth, place of birth, gender, motherr's and father's full name.

You must also have a copy of your valid, photo ID such as driver’s license, passport or state ID.

Types of Hawaii Birth Records

Hawaii offers only certified copies and in some cases letters of verification. Both serve to provide legal proof of identity for use when applying to school, the military, for a driver’s license or passport.

You may also obtain apostille and authentication for a additional charges of $1 for apostille and $3 for authentication.

Hawaii Population

The tropical state of Hawaii has 1.43 million people living there, a 5.2% increase since the 2010 census. Hawaii is considered the 40th largest state in the U.S. Hawaii has a surface area of 10,931 square miles making its population density 222.9 people per square mile. This ranks it 13th overall in the country in regards to population density.

The state is made up of eight islands. Oahu is the largest with a population of 953,207. Honolulu has 350,399 people and is the largest city in all of Hawaii. The state was originally independent until being added to the Union in 1900 and made a territory.

State Population
1 birth every 1747 seconds

1 death every 2621 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are less women than men in Hawaii. The total population of Hawaii is estimated at 1,428,683 people with 717,798 male and 710,885 female. There are 6,913 less more women than men in the state, which is 49.76% of the total population.

The Hawaii Gender Ratio is 101 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.01. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Hawaii Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.01 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 18,059 total births — the lowest in Hawaii history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 18,059, 0.46% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Hawaii

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Hawaii Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Hawaii
Oregon - 11.05Kansas - 13.05
New York - 11.15Utah - 16.47
Illinois - 11.83North Carolina - 12.09
Michigan - 11.30Indiana - 12.17
Rhode Island - 9.04Tennessee - 12.07

Top 5 Counties in Hawaii with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Hawaii with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Hawaii with the highest birth rate
Hawaii County - 11.84Honolulu County - 13.08
Honolulu County - 13.08Hawaii County - 11.84
Maui County - 11.38

Hawaii Fertility Rate

In Hawaii the fertility rate based on historical data went from 71.78 to 66.91 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 67.58 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.00 to 29.10.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Hawaii are Hawaii - 68.35, Honolulu - 68.14 . For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Hawaii Birth Certificate

You may apply online or in person for a copy of your birth record. You can visit the Department of Health in Honolulu between 7:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. weekdays at Room 103 (1st floor) of the Health Department building, 1250 Punchbowl Street (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets). You may also mail in your fee, proof of identity and application to the office mentioned below the paragraph. Mail service generally takes 6-8 week for processing.

Vital Records charges $10.00 for a copy of your Hawaii birth certificate. You will pay another $4 for each additional copy. Payment may be in the form of credit card, cash (if in person), money order, certified check, or cashier’s check. You must make money orders and checks payable to the State Department of Health. Personal checks are not accepted.

Hawaii Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $10.00
Organization: State Department of Health; Office of Health Status Monitoring; Vital Records Section
Address:P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801-9984
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Hawaii Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.