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Getting Hawaii Marriage Records
The beautiful state of Hawaii, filled with wondrous flora and fauna some of which isn't found anywhere else in the world, is one of the number one wedding destinations in the country. Its unparalleled beauty and mystique are popular; you can opt to get married on the beach or surrounded by beautiful flowers. The strongest deterrent to a Hawaii wedding is the fact that it's not the easiest location to get to. You can't simply drive to Hawaii. The same goes for performing an in-person search for marriage records. Here are two of the easiest ways to gain access to Hawaiian marriage records.
Once you are married, you'll need a certified copy of your marriage license or record readily available for a number of things. For example, when you go to change your name or pertinent information or even add your spouse to your accounts, from your bank account to your credit cards, you may need to provide your certified copy. If you've lost the copy that you were originally given, you'll need to purchase another one. It's important to know that for official reasons like these, you must have a certified copy; it's the only legal marriage document allowed by most institutions - especially medical and financial.
How do you go about getting a legal Hawaiian marriage record? First, you'll have to download and print out a form that you can get straight from the Vital Records Department for Hawaii. This form, along with a modest fee, will need to be filled out and sent in to request a certified copy. Two to three weeks later, you will receive the records. It is important to note that each state has their own set of requirements that you have to meet and follow in order to get a certified copy of marriage records, so you may need to do a bit more than simply sending in a packet of information. Be aware of what is asked of you as you are applying for a new certified copy and follow those instructions as closely as possible.
If you want a certified copy you'll have to send the information and payment in to the Vital Records Department, but what if you're looking only for the information that you can glean from the marriage records? If you are searching for information to use in ancestry research, you can likely find exactly the information you need using a marriage records search service. These services can get you virtual copies (not official copies) of Hawaiian marriage records. While they're not certified and are not recognized legally, these documents are a great way for someone who is building a family tree to get a lot of information.
Know where to look for what you need. If you're looking for an informational or virtual copy of Hawaiian marriage records, get online. If you need a legal copy, contact the Hawaiian Vital Records Department.
Hawaii County Marriage Records
Hawaii County covers the Island of Hawaii.
Honolulu County Marriage Records
Honolulu County, officially the City and County of Honolulu, comprises the island of Oahu and the small islands northwest of Kauai and Niihau extending from Nihoa to Kure except for Midway. Prior to 1959 Palmyra, located about 1000 miles south of the Hawaiian chain, also was included
Kauai County Marriage Records
Kauai County comprises the islands of Kauai and Niihau.
Maui County Marriage Records
Maui County comprises Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai, except that the specially designated Kalawao County occupies a small portion of Molokai.