An original entry on a birth, death, civil union, marriage, or divorce
certificate may be amended by either the private request of an
individual or an order of a court of competent jurisdiction. An
amendment includes changes, corrections, additions, deletions, or
An amendment may be made upon application, but only with the
submission of required documentary evidence in support of the
amendment. The evidentiary requirements can differ, depending on
whether the amendment is court-ordered or, if requested by an
individual, whether it materially affects the validity and integrity of
In most cases, a fee of $3 is charged for each request for amendment
of an item or group of items on a given certificate.
Once an amendment of an item is made, that item will not be amended
again without a court order or, if a person’s name is to be
changed, without a change of name decree.
Amendments can be quite varied. To obtain more information about a
specific amendment or make an appointment to discuss the desired
amendment in person with a member of the registration staff, you
- Send a written letter of inquiry to:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Registration/Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801
- or -
- For information on an amendment or correction, call (808) 586-4541
during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. HST)
Counter service is available Monday - Friday (excluding
holidays) from 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Appointments are preferred.