President Barack Obama ordered a full version of his birth certificate to be made public in response to needling questions about whether he was really born in the US.
The certificate says Mr Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president.
He had earlier released a standard short form, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in the hope of quelling the controversy.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Mr Obama felt the debate over his birthplace had become a "sideshow" that was bad for the country and political debate.
So-called "birthers" opposed to Mr Obama have kept the issue alive. Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump recently began questioning why he had not ensured the full version was released.
The certificate, which says Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7.24pm on August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, within the city limits of Honolulu, is signed by the delivery doctor, Mr Obama's mother and the local registrar. His mother, then 18, signed her name (Stanley) Ann Dunham Obama.
It says his father Barack Hussein Obama, age 25, was African and born in Kenya and his mother was Caucasian and born in Wichita, Kansas. Mr Obama's mother and the doctor signed the certificate on August 7 and 8.
Upon landing in the early primary state of New Hampshire, Mr Trump took credit for getting Mr Obama to release his birth certificate.
"He should have done it a long time ago. I am really honoured to play such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue," he said.
While White House officials avoided mentioning Mr Trump by name, they did say the release of the birth certificate was partially in response to the fact that the issue had moved from a fringe discussion and into the mainstream media.