“I am writing to request two certified copies of my original certificate of live birth,” the president wrote on White House letterhead, dated April 22.

State officials then decided to make an exception to a 2001 policy that prohibited anyone from getting a photocopy of an original birth certificate. They usually hand out computer-generated versions.

Obama’s waiver was the first since 2001. Officials said it would be the last…

After Fuddy approved the exception, Obama’s attorney, Judith L. Corley, picked up the documents in Hawaii and carried them back to Washington on a plane. The documents arrived around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

State law prohibits the release of birth records except to those with a “tangible interest,” such as the person named.