What is the difference between a certification of live birth and a birth certificate in the state of Hawaii?

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A "Certification of Live Birth" is a short-form birth certificate. The information included in the document may differ from state to state. A "Certification of Live Birth" from Hawaii will include the name and sex of the person, date of birth, hour of birth, island of birth, county of birth, mother's maiden name, mother's race, father's name, father's race, date accepted by registrar, a certificate number and seal. The seal may be different depending on the year it was printed.

A "Certificate of Live Birth" is the long-form birth certificate and contains more detailed information, including signatures of doctor(s), witnesses, vital statistics (length and weight), etc.


According to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands:

Birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth and Certifications of Live Birth) and Certificates of Hawaiian Birth are the primary documents used to determine native Hawaiian qualification.
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands accepts both Certificates of Live Birth (original birth certificate) and Certifications of Live Birth because they are official government records documenting an individuals birth. The Certificate of Live Birth generally has more information which is useful for genealogical purposes as compared to the Certification of Live Birth which is a computer-generated printout that provides specific details of a person's birth. Although original birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth) are preferred for their greater detail, the State Department of Health (DOH) no longer issues Certificates of Live Birth. When a request is made for a copy of a birth certificate, the DOH issues a Certification of Live Birth.

So, a long-form Certificate has additional information on it that is useful for genealogical purposes. However, both the certificate and the certification are certified government records providing prima facia proof of the information they contain.


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A Certification of Live Birth is a birth certificate as far as the state of Hawaii is concerned, but no, it is not the exact same thing as a Certificate of Live Birth, which is also a birth certificate. (see first quoted paragraph under "Primary Documents" below):

There are two categories of documents used in determining eligibility [for the Hawaiian Home Lands program]: primary and secondary.

Primary Documents
Birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth and Certifications of Live Birth) and Certificates of Hawaiian Birth are the primary documents used to determine native Hawaiian qualification. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands accepts both Certificates of Live Birth (original birth certificate) and Certifications of Live Birth because they are official government records documenting an individual's birth. The Certificate of Live Birth generally has more information which is useful for genealogical purposes as compared to the Certification of Live Birth which is a computer-generated printout that provides specific details of a person's birth. Although original birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth) are preferred for their greater detail, the State Department of Health (DOH) no longer issues Certificates of Live Birth. When a request is made for a copy of a birth certificate, the DOH issues a Certification of Live Birth.

According to this wording on this official State Government of Hawaii website page, the term "birth certificate" is an "umbrella" term covering both Certificates of Live Birth and Certifications of Live Birth. They are not the same thing, but both are considered birth certificates.

The Certification of Live Birth is not only just as valid as the Certificate of Live Birth, it is just as much a birth certificate, and is considered prima facie evidence of Hawaiian birth for all legal purposes (as clearly stated at the bottom of the form itself), not only the Hawaiian Home Lands program.

In Hawaii, all otherwise valid Certificates of Live Birth are birth certificates, but not all birth certificates are Certificates of Live Birth.

Likewise, all otherwise valid Certifications of Live Birth are birth certificates, but not all birth certificates are Certifications of Live Birth.

Certificates of Live Birth and Certifications of Live Birth are simply two different types (the only two, apparently) of birth certificates in Hawaii.
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