Public records in Hawaii are administered by a number of different divisions and departments. Some records are maintained at the state level and some at the county level. Generally, though, Hawaii’s public records are easy to find and access; many of them are available online.
In Hawaii, vital records – including records of birth, death, marriage, and divorce – are administered by the State of Hawaii Department of Health. Records can be ordered online. The records cannot be viewed online though; a certified vital record will come in the mail. For questions regarding online ordering, call (808) 586-4539.
For more information, visit the Vital Records page of the Department of Health. The Vital Records Office can be reached at (808) 586-4400.
The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General operates Hawaii’s Adult Criminal Information site, known as eCrim. eCrim offers a searchable criminal information database online. The site requires users to sign up for an account and each report costs $10. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for an account.
For more information, contact the Department of the Attorney General at (808) 586-1500.
The Hawaii State Judiciary maintains two databases of searchable records online. The first, eCourt Kokua, provides access to information about Appeals Court cases, Supreme Court cases, and Traffic Court cases. The other option is Ho’ohiki, which allows access to case information from the Circuit and Family Courts. Ho’ohiki also includes some District Court information. Both sites can be accessed through this page.
The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (“DCCA”) maintains a searchable database of business records for corporations and limited liability companies. The business entity records typically include such information as the name and file number of the business, the names of any officers or agents, and the date of formation. The document search page is here.
The DCCA can be reached by phone at (808) 586-2744. Its main office is located in the King Kalakaua Building, 335 Merchant Street, Room 201, in Honolulu, HI 96813.
Property records in Hawaii are maintained at the county or city level. For the county of Hawaii, property and tax information can be found at this online searchable database. For the city and county of Honolulu, there is a database here.
The County of Maui Real Property Assessment Division also has an online database.
Records can also be obtained by visiting the relevant county Assessors office in person.
Driving records are maintained by the Hawaii Department of Transportation. People can order their own driving records by mail or in person.
By Mail – To request records by mail, print and fill out the request form and mail it, along with the $9 fee to any of the Hawaii District Courts. A list of courts and their addresses can be found at the bottom of the request form.
In Person – Records can be requested in person from any Hawaii District Court.