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Where do you find a birth certificate for President Barack Obama?

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President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is on file with the State of Hawaii Department of Health and is posted on the White House website at WhiteHouse.gov. The certificate posted on the website is the long-form version of the birth certificate. Hawaiians normally receive a short-form birth certificate.

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The White House posted Obama’s birth certificate due to concerns that the controversy surrounding Obama’s place of birth and eligibility to serve as president was having a negative impact on the country. Opponents during the 2008 Democratic primaries alleged that Obama was ineligible to serve as president under the natural-born citizenship requirement of the U.S. Constitution. The Obama campaign requested and posted a short-form version of the birth certificate on its website, and took the unusual step of requesting a long-form version after this failed to satisfy critics.

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