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Hawaii Death Records

In Hawaii, death records are collected and preserved by the Office of Health Status Monitoring. Access to these records is restricted under state law. An option for people who want to receive this information quickly and easily is to visit a website which can access vital records from an online database.

Who Can Apply for Hawaii Death Records

Under state law, only the following people can apply for a death record in HI:

  • Deceased’s spouse
  • Deceased’s parent
  • Child or grandchild of the deceased
  • Grandparent, aunt/uncle or sibling of the deceased
  • Legal guardian of the deceased
  • Representative or agency acting for deceased’s estate

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Information Required to Order Hawaii Death Records

Applicants must provide the following information when requesting a copy of a Hawaii death record:

  • Applicant’s full name
  • Applicant’s address and phone number
  • Applicant’s relationship to the deceased
  • Reason why death certificate is being requested
  • Deceased’s full name
  • Month, day and year of death
  • City/town and island where death occurred

Fee for Hawaii Death Records

Death record searches will only be conducted after an application has been received and the required fee has been paid. The fee for a first copy of a death certificate is $10.00. Each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time will cost $4.00.

The fee may be paid in cash (if ordering the record in person), certified or cashier’s check, or money order. If a search does not result in the requested record being located, the fee will not be refunded to the applicant.


Order Hawaii Death Records in Person

Death records may be ordered on a walk-in basis by visiting the Department of Health at:

1250 Punchbowl Street
Room 103 (1st Floor)
Honolulu, HI

Counter service is offered from 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Someone who is requesting a certified copy of a death record must show a government-issued photo ID. A driver’s license or other state-issued ID may be used.

Same-day service is only available in situations where an applicant can provide proof that the information is required on an urgent basis. The normal time for processing an order for pick-up is 10 working days.

Order Hawaii Death Records by Mail

Mail-in applications should be sent to the following office:

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

The application for the death record must be accompanied by a photocopy of the applicant’s photo ID and the required search fee. Personal checks will not be accepted as a method of payment and will be returned.

Normal processing times for Hawaii death records is six-eight weeks after the application is received and approved.

The alternative to ordering a copy of a Hawaii death record in person or by mail is to visit a commercial website which can provide a copy of the information for a fee. This is an easy and convenient way to access the records without delay.