Letters of Verification

Letters of verification may be issued in lieu of certified copies (HRS §338-14.3). This document verifies the existence of a birth/death/marriage/divorce certificate on file with the Department of Health and any other information that the applicant provides to be verified relating to the vital event…

OK,

[§338-14.3] Verification in lieu of a certified copy. (a) Subject to the requirements of section 338-18, the department of health, upon request, shall furnish to any applicant, in lieu of the issuance of a certified copy, a verification of the existence of a certificate and any other information that the applicant provides to be verified relating to the vital event that pertains to the certificate.

The only part of section 338-18 that is relevant to a Letter of Verification is part (g). Pay no attention to parts (a) through (f).

[§338-18] Disclosure of records…

(g) The department shall not issue a verification in lieu of a certified copy of any such record, or any part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant requesting a verification is:

Now, there are five different methods of satisfying the Hawaii Department of Health that you, the applicant requesting a verification, should be issued a verification:

(1) A person who has a direct and tangible interest in the record but requests a verification in lieu of a certified copy;

(2) A governmental agency or organization who for a legitimate government purpose maintains and needs to update official lists of persons in the ordinary course of the agency’s or organization’s activities;

(3) A governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks confirmation of a certified copy of any such record submitted in support of or information provided about a vital event relating to any such record and contained in an official application made in the ordinary course of the agency’s or organization’s activities by an individual seeking employment with, entrance to, or the services or products of the agency or organization;

(4) A private or government attorney who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record which was acquired during the course of or for purposes of legal proceedings; or

(5) An individual employed, endorsed, or sponsored by a governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record in preparation of reports or publications by the agency or organization for research or educational purposes.

Note that “tangible interest” is only one of the five methods!

The Hawaii Department of Health can’t turn you down for a Letter of Verification if you meet one of the other four methods. I would think that any citizen, but certainly any member of Congress, could qualify for method #3.

Method #4 applies if you’re an attorney involved in litigation concerning the information.  (For example, Mario Apuzzo or Orly Taitz).  [Hat Tip Leo Donofrio]

Method #5 also seems reasonable for anyone who is employed, endorsed, or sponsored by a private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks to confirm information about Obama’s COLB in preparation of reports or publications by the agency or organization for research or educational purposes.

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2 Responses to Letters of Verification

  1. I’ve asked Leo,

    Is there any reason why you can’t invoke [§338-18] (g) (4) right now, to obtain a “Letter of Verification” “for purposes of legal proceedings”?

    A private or government attorney who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record which was acquired during the course of or for purposes of legal proceedings

    Let’s see if they will verify the information made public in every single field of the COLB, as well as the claim that he was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i at 7:24 PM on August 4, 1961.

  2. See Leo’s responses to my questions here and here.

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