How many birth certificates does a hospital print for each birth? answer: one exceptions: none So how did president Obama come up with 2 certificates? Well, there was the certificate that he possessed all his life, which he posted on his website... and then there was a 2nd forged certificate that he posted after being confronted about the first certificate not completely proving he was a naturalized citizen. The "short form" birth certificate is issued by the hospital for a "witness birth" ... that's when one of the natives comes to the hospital and reports a birth somewhere out on the island. Any resident of Hawaii can witness a birth to the hospital. While, the "long form" birth certificate is issued by the hospital for a birth at the hospital. When Obama posted his short form birth certificate - that was genuine - it precluded him being born at the hospital and the existence of any long form birth certificate. The hospital doesn't print up both certificates for one birth, it only prints up one certificate for each birth. Obama either got a short form birth certificate or a long form certificate, he didn't get both, no one gets both, no one gets 2 birth certificates. So, look at the blatant forgery of the long form certificate. Once Obama posted a genuine short form certificate; that was his birth certificate, no one gets 2 birth certificates. Forensics proved the long form was a forgery, but common sense tells you it had to be a forgery because Obama had already posted his birth certificate... no one gets 2 birth certificates, not even Obama.