HONOLULU -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- For the second time, Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is being recognized nationally as a leader in best serving its citizens through online services. The Center for Digital Government announced the Hawaii Electronic Marriage and Civil Union Registration System (EMRS) as a winner of the 2013 Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) in the Government-to-Citizen State government category. The DOH previously won a DGAA in 2007 for its Electronic Death Registration System.
“We are very encouraged with this recognition, confirming our continuous effort to provide better services and experiences to our residents and visitors wishing to marry or enter civil unions in Hawaii,” said Alvin Onaka, PhD, state registrar. “With as many as 30,000 ceremonies taking place in our state each year, this unique system helps us to register all events timely and efficiently by reducing the approval process by at least two weeks.”
The EMRS is a web-based, end-to-end service that allows the processes of applying and paying for marriage licenses, issuing licenses by agents, and validating certifications by performers after a ceremony to be done electronically online. A temporary, electronic marriage or civil union certificate is issued and may be downloaded by the couple. Certificates can be verified by government agencies directly online. Further, existing or new performers can register online to become commissioned and gain access to the electronic system for certificate validation following a ceremony.
The Digital Government Achievement Awards is a national program that recognizes outstanding agency and department websites and applications that enhance information interactions, transactions and/or services, and increase innovation, efficiency, and performance. The categories include government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen, and government internal.
The EMRS was created through a partnership with the Office of Health Status Monitoring (OHSM) of the Hawaii Department of Health and Hawaii Information Consortium, the State portal manager of eHawaii.gov.
OHSM issues marriage and civil union licenses as well as marriage, civil union, birth and death certificates. The office acts as a repository for vital event records with the state and provides certified copies to the general public for government requirements and other purposes. OHSM also collects, processes, analyzes and disseminates relevant, population-based data in order to assess the health status of the people of Hawaii.
Hawaii’s official Internet portal, http://www.eHawaii.gov, is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV). Hawaii Information Consortium works with state agencies to enable them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information.
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