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Hawaii Marriage Records

Marriage Records in Hawaii

Marriage records contain basic information about the married couple.  This information includes the names of the two individuals, the date of the marriage, and the place of marriage.  Some marriage records will also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple.  Additionally, some records contain the names of the official witnesses to the marriage.  Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers of the bride and groom as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with any of the following: a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index.  The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the couple that was married.  The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in most cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location.  Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record. 

In Hawaii, marriage records must be obtained in person, by mail, or, in some cases, through the Internet.  A $10.00 fee is charged for the first copy of a vital record with another $4.00 being charged for each additional copy of the record requested at the same time.  Money orders and checks should be made payable to the State Department of Health.  In person requests can be made with cash.  Internet requests must be paid by credit card.  Fees charged for Internet requests are slightly higher as follows:  $11.50 fee is charged for the first copy of a vital record with another $4.20 being charged for each additional copy of the record requested at the same time.

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate, you must be able to provide the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, address, and telephone number
  • Your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request
  • The reason for your request
  • The full name of the individuals listed on the record
  • The file number of the certificate (if possible)
  • The date that the marriage occurred, including month, day, and year
  • The  city or town where the marriage took place

Requests can be made in person during the hours of 7:45 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. during Mondays through Fridays.  Certified copies are usually ready for pick up approximately ten working days after the request has been  received.  However, in the case of older or recent records, the wait time may be longer.  Applications may be picked up in the lobby of the building, however, they must be completed before arriving at room 103.

For a request in person, you need to complete an application and provide payment to the following address:

State Department of Health

Room 103

1250 Punchbowl Street

Honolulu, HI 96801

Requests made by mail typically take 4 to 6 weeks for processing.  In the case of older or recent records, the wait time may be longer.  For a request by mail, you need to send a completed application and payment to the following address:

State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

For an Internet  request, follow this link: www.ehawaiigov.org/ohsm.  Complete the instructions provided.  Anyone needing to request additional information may contact one of the following telephone numbers during regular business hours: 808-586-4539 or 808-586-4542.

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