Hawaii Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers education at authorized schools is mandatory for motorbike riders in Hawaii. Schools need to be approved by the Hawaiian DOT if you are under the age of 18.

If you are between 16 and 18 and you want to be able to take the road skills practical test, you must fulfill the following conditions beforehand:

  • Have driving practice of at least 90 days on your learner’s permit
  • Present Driver Education Student Completion Certificate
  • Present Behind the-Wheel Student Completion Certificate

To prepare for the tests and successfully complete the course, make good use of the Motorcycle Operator Manual, which contains necessary information for the license procedure and road rules and regulations.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaii is one of the states thathave adopted a mandatory helmet law although the law application is restricted to riders aged 17 or younger.

Helmet standards are described in the Hawaii Motorcycle Operator Manual.In any case they need to comply with the country-wide standards that are approved by the Department of Transportation. Having in mind the high traffic frequency for motorcycles on Hawaiian islands, it is very understandable that even drivers of mopeds and scooters are required to follow the helmet criteria.

Further regulations apply for additional protective motorcycle gear such as gloves, brightly colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants and shoes or boots. The protective equipment must be used whenever you are operating a motor vehicle within the state.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

On certain occasions, it may happen that you are not allowed to renew your car registration in Hawaii. Possible reasons you may not be allowed to apply for vehicle registration renewals include having unresolved traffic citations or failing to provide sufficient proof of car insurance. A clear driving record is a mandatory requirement to be eligible torenew car registrations.

Car registration for trailers cannot be renewed online. In addition, if you have any special instructions that you need to fulfill, you will not be allowed to renew online.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

All records for the official address change are made independently for each vehicle and for each personal document.

When you submit the address change forms at DMV Offices you need to put one record for one change. Some counties have specified forms for both changes. They will not be processed at the same time. It is thus possible that you do have different addresses on both documents.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a driver in Hawaii with a nationally recognized auto insurance coverage and your auto insurance company has branches out of state, you can easily transfer your car insurance from one state to another. However, if your auto insurance company is only locally recognized and it does not have branches out of state, then you will have to find a newauto insuranceprovider upon arriving in Hawaii and prior to registering your motor vehicle.

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

CDL applications for renewal in Hawaii must be done in person at nominated DMV Offices across the state, which deal with commercial license services for specific counties. Supporting documents need to be filed in original. Applicants also need to pass the vision test and for that they must be present at selected locations.

Certain actions, which are associated with the procedure for obtaining a renewed CDL license, can be done via mail or by fax, such as the submission of the renewed medical certificate or the road skills waiver for military persons, which is recognized on federal level.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

No, in Hawaii you cannot obtain a certified driving recordonline. You can have your online driving record immediately in front of you, by visiting the Hawaii DMV website. However, if you want to obtain a certified copy of your driving record, you need to visit one of the District Courts in Hawaii or send a driving record request via mail to one of the following addresses:

Honolulu

Driver Licensing Program

1199 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii

Driver Licensing Program

349 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720

Maui

Driver Licensing Program

70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Kauai

Driver Licensing Program

4444 Rice St A480, Lihue, HI 96766

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

No, the state of Hawaii does not allow taking the written drivers test online. When you visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, you need to present the required documentation along with a parental consent, after which you will have to take a vision exam and a written drivers test. Residents of any county of Hawaii are only allowed to take online practice driving tests as the best way to get prepared for the real written drivers test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

All drivers that drive commercially need to comply with federal requirements, which are under the authority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Although the rules for each endorsement, restriction or license class are generally defined for all states, each state has the discretion of stipulating local rules for obtaining endorsements, upgrading or regrading of the privileges attached to it. Therefore, if you work out of state you may need to fulfill the criteria from other states.

If you get your CDL license with the option to drive interstate, you can drive commercially out of Hawaii. Always have in mind the specific authorization that your license has noted on it.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Vehicle registration renewal in Hawaii is processed at authorized DMV offices in person or by mail and via the online renewal systems of all counties.

The application for renewing registration must be signed personally by the applicant. You can have your car registration renewed for you by someone else as long as they have all necessary information.

If you have authorized someone to renew your car registration online, you should have provided them with all necessary data and additional documents they need to complete the renewal successfully.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Do boats need to be registered?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

It is a general requirement for all vessels, including boats, which are used in Hawaiian counties to be registered in compliance with state regulations. Vessel registration is under the authority of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

When boats are registered, they will obtain a unique hull identification number, which they must visibly present on the vessel. The hull number is used for rescue, safety control and theft prevention.

The process of boat registration is not completed in the regular vehicle registration offices but in the administrative offices of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

Boat registration renewal can be completed online. Each hull registration number is valid for one year and can be renewed without penalty up to 90 days before the expiration date. Proof of boat ownership must be presented at the time of the registration.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In order to drive a moped or scooter in Hawaii, you must have a valid HI drivers license. Drivers can drive a moped with any type of drivers license class. In case you have not previously obtained any other license, you will need to apply for a Class 1 motorcycle drivers license. Here are the steps you need to take when getting motorcycle license for scooters or mopeds:

  • Complete the application for Class 1 license
  • Present documentary proof of:
  • Identity
  • Social Security number
  • Legal presence
  • Principal residence address (two documents)
  • Pass knowledge test
  • Pass practical skills test
  • Complete drivers education if you are under 18
  • Present clear driving record

Once you have successfully applied for a motorcycle drivers license, it will be mailed to you to address you have provided at the time of application. Out-of-state driving licenses can be used to operate mopeds or scooters if the holder is at least 18 years old.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any of the four counties in Hawaii who have received speeding tickets are not required to attend traffic school course unless the county’s District Court obligates them to attend. Since Hawaii is a state without a point system, there is no way to use traffic school attendance to help reduce demerit points on a drivers license. However, some drivers might choose to take a traffic school course or a defensive driving course so that they could clear their driving record and lower their car insurance premiums.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Hawaii

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a driver in Hawaii and you plan to move to another state, you may or may not be required to cancel your current car insurance depending on whether your insurance provider offers services nationwide. If the insurance company you are insured byhas branches out of state, you will only be required to notify your auto insurance company of your move and provide a new address for their records. However, it might happen that your auto insurance company is local to Hawaii and does not have out-of-state branches. If that is the case, you will have to find a new company in the state where you plan to move.

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any county in Hawaii who deal with a lost or stolen drivers license are not required to report the loss or theft to local law enforcement or police department. However, it is strongly recommended to file a police report if your drivers license has been stolen in order to prevent identity theft. Once you file a police report, you will receive a copy of the report, which you should bring to a county’s local Hawaii DMV office when applying for a drivers license replacement.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Filing a police report in Hawaiian counties is mandatory. Not only must you get in touch with local police departments, but also a copy of the police report must be presented at the time of application submission along with the other supporting documents.

This will ensure that yourstolen vehicle registration will be declared invalid and will be protected from misuse.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Whenever you move out of state, you must return your old license plates at the relevant registration office in your county. Registration is also county-specific. It is thus recommendable to follow the same process when transferring registration and license plates between the four counties.

If you want to keep your specialty license plates after they are made invalid, you should file a request to the authorized DMV locations at your county. Otherwise, both front and back plates need to be returned regardless of the fact they are produced unique for your vehicle.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In all four counties in Hawaii, you need to take a drivers ed course only after you have been driving with a learners permit for six months. Once you successfully complete the drivers ed course, you may upgrade your learners permit to a provisional driver’s license. The drivers ed consists of two parts: classroom instructions and behind-the-wheel instructions. After completing the drivers ed course, driving under the supervision of a licensed adult and holding the permit for at least 180 days, you should visit your county’s local Hawaii DMV office and submit the certificate of completion of the drivers ed course along with the needed documentation.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Yes, it is mandatory to return the old ruined copy along with the application form in order to obtain acar title replacement. When you complete the application for aduplicate car title, you must mark the reason for its replacement. Application forms have check boxes for each of the reasons to replace the car title, including:

  • Mutilated
  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Defaced

Check the appropriate box and present the damaged title when you apply.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Yes, drivers who have had their car registration document damaged must present it along with the documents for duplicate car registration. Once you get your car registration copy, the old one will be declared invalid and you will not be able to use it. Returning the damaged registration can also protect you from abuse in case of loss or theft.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Motorized scooters fall under the category of motor vehicles in Hawaii, which indicates that they must go through the same vehicle registration process that applies to motorcycles.

To register scooters in Hawaii, visit or mail the application and the supporting documents to one of the authorized DMV locations where you can also pay registration fees. Liability insurance is necessary for drivers of scooters. Make sure to get one before you begin the registration process.

Further information about licensing, maneuvering skills and insurance requirements about motorbikes and scooters are available in the Hawaii Motorcycle Operator Manual.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaiian laws do not require that vehicles submit to smog inspection at the time of vehicle registration. Yet, all vehicles must pass a safety inspection and obtain a certificate, which they must provide at registration.

When you take your car for inspection, a blue temporary certificate will be issued to you, which indicates that you must correct all defects on your motor vehicle. To complete the safety inspection, you need to visit one of the authorized safety center, which are usually located at gas stations and carry the state inspection station sticker. The inspection takes a few minutes and it includes inspection on the:

  • Vehicle body, bumpers and fenders.
  • Battery and wiring system.
  • Brake system and suspension.
  • Doors, hood and trunk latches and components.
  • Drive train.
  • Fuel, intake and exhaust systems.
  • Mirror, lamps and reflectors.
  • Seat belts and restraint systems.
  • Tires and wheels.

The mechanic will check all above elements and if the safety criteria are fulfilled you will obtain a safety inspection certificate which you need to submit in support to the auto registration application.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers of motor vehicles in any of the four counties in Hawaii are required by a state law to have minimum liability auto insurance in order to own and operate motor vehicles within the state legally. If you choose not to insure your motor vehicles, then you may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Drivers license suspension
  • Car registration suspension

Additionally, drivers in Hawaii found withoutcar insurancewill need to pay a $500 restoration fee and will have to file a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22 insurance) for three years after the offense is committed.

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When you apply for an ID card renewal or for a duplicate ID card, you can have a veteran designation put on it in line with the state regulations that apply to all Hawaiian counties. The Hawaii Department of Transportation has made this privilege available for any members of the military who have been released from service under the honorable discharge.

To get your veteran mark, make sure to prove your status by submitting a document from the following acceptable documents:

  • Certificate of release or Discharge from active duty
  • National guard report of Separation from active duty
  • 1950 WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO, 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, NAVCG 553 (for veteran status prior to January 2014)
  • Discharge certificate reflecting characterization of discharge
  • Verification letter issued by the Veterans Administration
  • Verification letter issued by the Office of Veteran Services

The above documents can previously be obtained by completing a Standard Form (SF) 180 request and submitting it online or via mail to:

National Personnel Records Center

Hawaii State Office of Veterans Services

Tripler Army Medical Center

459 Patterson Road

E-Wing, Room 1-A103,

Honolulu, HI 96819-1522

Provided you just get a copy of your ID card, you will not need to submit required documentary evidence. It is only necessary to do so at time of renewal or for new ID cards.

Further assistance about veteran designation can be received at county offices at:

  • County of Hawaii: 961-2222
  • County of Honolulu: 532-7730
  • County of Kauai: 241-4242
  • County of Maui: 270-7363 (Molokai: 553-9067, Lanai: 565-7878)

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who prepare themselves for the drivers license application process, need to refer to the Official Hawaii Driver’s Manual. Information found in this manual includes document requirements, test requirements and other relevant information to help driver s get through the drivers license application process as efficiently as possible.

You can obtain an online copy of the manual at the Hawaii DOT official website. Drivers who prefer to obtain a physical copy of the Official Hawaii Driver’s Manual can do so by visiting any county’s local Hawaii DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you want to pay traffic tickets in any of the four counties in Hawaii, you can do so either by mail, in person, by phone, or online.

By Mail

Send the payment via mail in the preprinted envelope provided.

In Person

Visit to your District Court and submit a check or money order for the amount indicated on the citation.

By Phone

Call 800-679-5949 and provide your traffic ticket information, credit card number and license plate number, in order to pay your traffic ticket.

Online

Pay online using the eTraffic Hawaii on the Hawaii State Judiciary website, which is a fast and secure way for paying traffic citations without going to the District Court in your county. You can use this way for paying traffic tickets, only if you pay within 21 days since the day you were ticketed.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

How can I renew my drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who need a drivers license renewal, must apply either by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. When applying in person, applicants must visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, and proceed with the following steps:

  • Identity, legal name and date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Legal presence
  • Principal residence (two documents required)
  • Pay the required drivers license renewal fee
  • Pass a vision exam
  • Submit to fingerprinting
  • Have your photo taken

However, when applying by mail, every county in Hawaii has a different department for renewing drivers licenses. First of all, you must write a drivers license renewal request and mail it to your county’s local Hawaii DMV office. In the renewal request you must include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Hawaii driver’s license number
  • Phone number or email address
  • Mailing address
  • Signature

After the Hawaii DMV office receives your drivers license renewal request and approves it, they will send you a drivers license renewalpackage, which includes all the forms and instructions you need for renewing drivers license. Once you receive a drivers license renewal notice, you must proceed with the following steps:

  • Complete the forms in the package
  • Provide proof of:
  • Identity and legal presence
  • Principal address (two documents required)
  • Pay the required drivers license renewal fee

Honolulu

In Honolulu, the drivers license renewalrequest should be sent to the following address:

Department of Customer Services

P.O Box 30340

Honolulu, HI 96820

Fax: 808-768-3750

Hawaii

In Hawaii, the drivers license renewal request should be sent to the following address:

Department of Finance

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division

Driver License Section

349 Kapiolani Street

Hilo, HI 96720

Fax: 808-961-8861

Kauai

In Kauai, you need to first ensure yourself that you are eligible torenewdrivers licenses by mail by calling the Hawaii Driver License Division at 808-241-4256. If you are eligible, you can mail the drivers license renewal request to the following address:

County of Kauai

Department of Finance

Driver License Division

4444 Rice Street, Suite A480

Lihue, HI 96766

Maui

In Maui, the drivers license renewal request should be sent to the following address:

Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing

70 E. Kaahumanu Ave, Suite A-17

Kahului, HI 96732

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Car registration renewal in Hawaii is now unified on state level and it offers several options to choose from when the time to renew your vehicle registration approaches. You can renew vehicle registration in each of the four counties, when you receive your renewal reminders, by using one of the following options:

  • In person at your county DMV offices
  • By mailing the application ten days prior to the expiration date to the relevant DMV locations
  • Online via each county’s website renewal system

Make sure to submit the application, the additional documents and the required fees in person or via mail to the appropriate office from the list below:

Honolulu

Satellite City Hall offices

AlaMoana Shopping Center

1450 AlaMoana Boulevard 1286

Phone 768-4300

Fort Street Mall

1000 Fort Street Mall

Phone 768-4103

Hawaii Kai

6600 Kalanianaole Highway 101

Phone 768-4800

Kalihi

1199 Dillingham Boulevard

Phone 768-4500

Kailua

1090 Keolu Drive

Phone 768-4600

Kapolei

1000 Uluohia Street

Phone 768-3400

Pearlridge Shopping Center

98-1005 Moanalua Road

Phone 768-5000

Wahiawa

330 N. Cane Street

Phone 768-4700

Waianae

85-670 Farrington Highway

Phone 768-4900

Windward City Shopping Center

45-480 Kaneohe Bay Drive C06

Phone 768-4100

Hawaii

Hilo

25 Aupuni Street

Phone 961-8351

Maui

Maui Mall

Kahului

Phone 270-7840

Kauai

Lihue Civic Center

Kapule Building

4444 Rice Street, Suite 466

Phone 241-6577

The new stickers and decals will be mailed to you on the delivery address you have provided in your application.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Before you transfer your car registration to another state, you should check the conditions of the new state beforehand.

In addition, each vehicle needs to be registered in the county in which it is driven. The application process to transfer car registration between counties usually includes:

  • Completing the Application for registration form and signing it by all registered owners.
  • Submitting the other county s car registration.
  • Submitting the other county s car title if you are listed as the lien holder.
  • Payment of appropriate fee, which will be determined by the registration personnel.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

To obtain your commercial drivers license in Hawaiian counties, make sure to follow the procedure that is unified on state level. Certain variations in document formats and test fees may apply in different counties. Also note that you will need to submit the application to the local county DMV Offices designated to deal with commercial drivers license issuance. To apply for a CDL license, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Application for Commercial Driver’s License
  2. Present current drivers license
  3. Present Social Security card
  4. Provide birth certificate to prove age of at least 21
  5. Get medical examiner s certificate
  6. Prepare self-certification, if required
  7. Provide proof of residency
  8. Pass vision, knowledge and road skills test
  9. Provide 2×2 face color photos
  10. Present background check certificate for CDL endorsement for hazardous materials
  11. Pay relevant fees:
    • General CDL application fee
    • CDL instruction permit fee
    • General knowledge test fee
    • Road skills test fee
    • Appropriate endorsement fees

If you go through the initial stage of getting a CDL permit in Hawaii, you must primarily satisfy the necessary requirements for the instruction permit:

  • Pass all knowledge and road skills tests
  • Present a valid permit for the class of vehicle you will be driving, which may include:
    • CDL Class A
    • CDL Class B
    • CDL Class C
  • Present original registration certificate
  • Provide original DOT vehicle inspection (unless exempt with DOT exemption form)
  • Provide proof of insurance

Only after you have passed all relevant criteria for a CDL permit can you carry on and submit the full license application at nominated DMV Offices to obtain your full commercial driving license.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
Honolulu

To get your disability placards in Honolulu, you must visit Satellite Hall premises and follow the steps below during the process of applying for car registration:

  1. Complete Application for Disabled Persons License Plates
  2. Complete Disability Parking Permit Application
  3. Prepare appropriate license plates fees
  4. Present proof of identity:
    • Drivers license
    • State ID card
    • Passport
    • Senior citizen ID card
    • Military ID card
    • Student ID card
    • ID of a parent or guardian of a minor
    • Medicare card
    • Notarized affidavit

The application for a disability parking permit is a requirement on state level and it must be completed before you apply to get the disability placards.

Hawaii

Persons interested in applying for disability parking permits in Honolulu can get the Disability Parking Permit Application form from the authorized offices including:

Office of Aging – Hilo 1055 Kinoole Street, Suite 101 Hilo, HI 96720

Office of Aging – Kona West Hawaii Civic Center 74-5044 AneKeohokalole Hwy.

Building B Kailua-Kona HI 96740

Kona Mayor s Office West Hawaii Civic Center 74-5044 AneKeohokalole Highway, Bldg C Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Applicants can also use licensed doctor offices, countywide.

Hawaii County Disabled Parking Office is in charge of processing these applications. Once you have completed this step, you can follow it by submitting the adequate application form and go through the usual steps of vehicle registration in Hawaii County.

Maui

Applicants for disability license plates in Maui can choose to submit the Disability Parking Permit Application form, present documentary proof and pay the appropriate fee at:

Motor Vehicle Registration & Licensing

Maui Mall Shopping Center 70 E. Kaahumanu Avenue Suite A-17 Kahului, HI 96732

Applicants need to fill in the first page of the application and a doctor needs to fill in the second page. Failing to compete the application properly will result in application rejection. Make sure to carefully go through the application, as it requiresdetailed information about your personal characteristics and the type and number of placards you will need.

Kauai

When drivers in Kauai register vehicles and want to get special disabled persons license plates, they need to use the state-wide acknowledged Disability Parking Permit Application and pay attention to fill in all data and check all relevant boxes to get their request processed as needed. Make sure to provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Identification with acceptable proof of ID
  • Telephone, number and birth date
  • Height, weight and gender
  • Street address and mailing address
  • Parking placard request type:
    • Red placard
    • Blue placard
    • Windshield placard
  • Disability certification

Each request can amount to different fees and it is thus recommended that you check the fees that apply to your situation before you visit authorized DMV locations to submit the application.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

How do I apply for a drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In all four counties of Hawaii, drivers under the age of 17 must take part in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program, which includes steps of obtaining an instruction permit and provisional drivers license before a full unrestricted drivers license can be granted. Drivers who are 17 can obtain a full unrestricted drivers license.

If you are a resident who is 17 years old who meets certain requirements, or a resident who is over 18 years old, you can apply for drivers licenses by completing the following steps:

  • Name and date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Principal residence (two documents)
  • Legal presence
  • Submit to fingerprinting
  • Pass a vision test, a written drivers test and a road test (driving test)
  • Pay the required drivers license fee

Certain variations of the application document format may apply as well. Once you have completed and collected all the needed documentation, you should submit it to any of the county’s local Hawaii DMV offices.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in Hawaii must be at least 15 years and six months old in order to be able to apply for a learners permit. The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program in Hawaii has three phases, which depend on your age:

  • Instruction permit: 15 years and six months old
  • Provisional drivers license: 16 years old
  • Unrestricted drivers license: Minimum 17 years old

In order to begin with the process of getting driving permits, you need to visit any of your county’s local Hawaii DMV offices and submit the following documents:

  • Completed State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application that needs to be notarized in your county
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of legal name
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of legal presence
  • Payment for the appropriate learners permit fee:
    • Honolulu: $5
    • Hawaii, Maui and Kauai: $10

After submitting the needed documentation and fee, you will be required to pass a vision test, a written knowledge test and a road test.

When applying for a provisional driver’s license, you will need to be 16 years old, have a learners permit for six months and complete a driver’s education. After another six months of driving with the provisional drivers license, you will be able to obtain a regular, unrestricted drivers license.

Maui

In the county of Maui, there are three types of instruction permits:

  • Class 2 Instructional Permit
  • Class 3 Instructional Permit
  • Class 4 Instructional Permit

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Motorcycle licensing in Hawaii is done in two stages. First, drivers need to obtain the temporary instruction permit and afterwards they will get the full motorcycle drivers license. Below is a checklist of the steps you need to take to complete the application procedure at DMV offices in your county:

  • Prepare the adequate application for a Class 2 permit
  • Present documentary evidence of:
    • Proof of identity
    • Proof of legal presence
    • Proof of Social Security number
    • Proof of principal residence
  • Pass preliminary tests:
    • General knowledge
    • Motorcycle test
    • Eye-screening test
  • Present clear driving record

Motorbike licensing fees vary by county. When you fulfill the aforementioned criteria you will become eligible for a temporary instruction permit valid for one year.

To get a full motorcycle drivers license, you will need to pass the road skills test, which will be planned specifically for your type of motorcycle. If you are under 18, you must present a certificate for the required drivers ed which is under the authority of the Hawaii Motorcycle Safety Education Program. The plastic copy of the motorcycle license will be mailed to you after two to four weeks.

For more information: How to Apply for Hawaii Motorcycle License

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, it is recommended that you get in touch with your insurance agent to check about the procedures and documents that apply to the procedure to address changing on your policy.

Many particulars about data changes can be arranged at the time you purchase the policy as agents are at this point more flexible. Note that some premiums depend on your place of residence and it is therefore advisable to ask about those and changes thereto in advance.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

How do I change my address on my car registration?
All Hawaiian drivers who move within the state must follow thesteps to change addresseson vehicle registrations. The car registration is used to provide confirmation for the ownership of a vehicle that can be driven legally. Taxation for the car registration is based on the address of residence and you would thus want it updated.

Honolulu

To complete the process of address changing in Honolulu, follow the process below:

  1. Complete Honolulu Notice of Change of Address
  2. Provide vehicle VIN number
  3. Fill in license plates number
  4. Provide information for the new and the old address

Mail the documents within 30 days moving to:

Department of Customer Services

Division of Motor Vehicles

Licensing and Permits

P.O. box 30330 Honolulu

Hawaii 96820-0330

If you live in Hawaii County or Kauai county:

Counties of Hawaii and Kauai have an online system that offers certain services for drivers and their vehicles. When you renew registration during the online process you can indicate your current mailing address. If there are no other special documents required in the Special Instructions section, you can finish with the address change at this instance by providing data for vehicle VIN number and license plates number to enter in the system.

Each vehicle needs to be dealt with separately. Fees that apply are calculated by the system when you finish the transaction and proceed with the online payment. There may be no fee associated with the address change but one can be calculated due to administrative processing.

Maui

Make sure to complete and sign the Notice of Change of Address form and submit in person, mail or fax the application and the accompanying documents within 30 days of the actual change. Following this deadline will guarantee that all correspondence between applicants and DMV offices is sent to the correct address. Provide two documents that can serve as proof of residency and indicate information including:

  • Previous address
  • Current address
  • License plates number
  • Make of the vehicle
  • Model of the vehicle
  • VIN number

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaii drivers who want tochange addresses on CDL licenses must send a letter to the designated DMV office that deals with CDL license applications in your county with the following information:

  • Name
  • Previous address
  • New address
  • License number
  • Date of birth

You must provide two documents that can serve as principal proof of residence in Hawaii.

In this way the official address change will only be updated in the computer records.

If you also want to obtain a duplicate CDL license or CDL permit with the new address you will need to:

  • Fill in the Application for Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Check the box for duplicate indicating change of address.
  • Pay the required fees.

The fees and locations vary by county:

Honolulu

  • Fees:
    • $30 for CDL license
    • $40 for CDL permit
  • Office locations:
    • City and County of Honolulu
    • CDL Unit
    • 99-501 Salt Lake Boulevard

Hawaii

  • Fees:
    • $5 per year or prorated
  • Office locations:
  • County of Hawaii
    • Hilo Police Station
    • 349 Kapiolani Street
  • West Hawaii Civic Center
    • 74-5044 AneKeohokalole Highway
    • Waimea Police Station, Waimea

Maui

  • Fees:
    • $15 for a CDL license
  • Office locations:
    • County of Maui
      • Kahului Service Center
      • Maui Mall
      • 70 E. Kaahumanu Avenue, Suite A17
    • Hana
      • 4610 Hana Highway
      • Molokai
      • Mitchell Pauole Center
    • 100 Ailoa Street
      • Lanai
      • 717 Fraser Avenue

Kauai

  • Fees:
    • $15 for a CDL permit
    • $10 for a CDL license
  • Office locations:
    • County of Kauai
    • Department of Finance
    • 4444 Rice Street
    • Suite 480, Lihue

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Honolulu

To complete the procedure of address changing, make sure to prepare and sign a letter with information including your:

  • Name.
  • Old and new address.
  • Social Security number.
  • Date of birth.
  • Proof of residency.

Additionally, you need to mark the appropriate box on the State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application form and send the letter using one of the following methods:

  • Via mail to:

Driver License Section

P.O. BOX 30340

Honolulu, HI

96820-0340

  • Via fax to:

808-832-2904

This address change request only reflects on the computer system. If you also require a duplicate license you need to add $6 fee and apply for a duplicate at any DMV Office in your county.

Hawaii

If you are a resident of Hawaii County and you need to change address on your driver s license make sure to:

  • Check the change address box on the State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application.
  • Prepare a letter with your correct name and date of birth.
  • Provide license number, written signature and current address.
  • Present two documents that can serve as proof of your principal residence.
  • Mail the letter and the supporting documents to:

Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division Hilo Driver License 349 Kapiolani Street Hilo, HI 96720

To obtain a hard copy license, you must explicitly request a duplicate license and pay the $6 fee. Otherwise, the change will be visible only on the electronic system.

Maui

To apply to change address on drivers license in Maui, send your application and the accompanying documents to one of the DMV Offices in person, by mail or by fax.

Enclose two documents to serve as evidence of principal residence, check the “change address” box on the State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application and fill in the Maui Notice of Change of Address form with the required data.

Kauai

Address changing in the Kauai County is much alike the same procedure in the other state counties. Make sure that all documents you present are originals or certified copies, as plain copies will not be accepted. Attach the following documents to the application for official address change:

  • Two documents with the residential address
  • Proof of legal name and date of birth
  • Proof of social security number
  • Proof of legal presence

If you need to obtain a duplicate license with the new name as well, make sure to submit the relevant Kauai Driver s License Application form.

Many of the supporting documents are unified in all four counties and are acceptable as evidence to the facts that are stated during the application process. Make sure to submit documents in line with the current legislation for legal presence adopted by the Department of Transportation of Hawaii.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

How do I change my address on my ID card?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you want to make the official address change on your Hawaii state ID card, you must prepare and present the required documents in person to the specific locations, which are now appointed to issue state identification cards on state level.

The documents you need to present in support to the address change request must assist as:

  • Proof of legal presence.
  • Proof of legal name.
  • Proof of date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security number.
  • Proof of principal residence address.

The Department of Transportation of Hawaii has adopted an integrated list of documents that are acceptable as evidence to the aforementioned facts. Fees for documents vary across counties, depend on applicant s age and other factors and are often updated. It is hence recommended that you check the relevant fee at your local DMV Office.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a driver in Hawaii who undergoes the process of an official name change, you will be required to update that information with all agencies and organizations, including your car insurance company. In order to change your name on your vehicle insurance ID card, you need to find the policy documentation received from the insurance company and call the customer service number written on the policy. That way you will notify your insurance company of your official name change and the company will update your name in their records and will mail you a new insurance ID card afterwards.

How do I change my name on my car registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any of the four counties in Hawaii who recently had an official name change, need to visit a Social Security Administration (SSA) office, complete an Application for a Social Security Card and submit some additional documents in order to change your name in the SSA records.

Once you have done this, you need to visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office in person and submit the following documentation, which might vary depending on the county you live in:

  • Proof of your legal name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
  • Proof of your identity
  • Your current registration
  • Your current certificate of title
  • Payment for a duplicate registration

For specific instructions, contact your county by phone:

  • Honolulu: 808-768-3391
  • Hawaii: 808-961-2222
  • Maui: 808-270-7363
  • Kauai: 808-241-4242
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaiian residents who want to requestname changes on drivers licenses must undergo two processes of name changing. First, a name change request must be submitted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to have an official name change on the social security card. You will have to submit the following documents:

  • Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of identity:
    • ID card
    • Hawaii driver’s license
    • US passport
  • Proof of legal name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
  • Proof of US citizenship or Hawaii residence:
    • A permanent resident card
    • US birth certificate
  • Payment for the replacement fee

After you have made an official name change at the SSA office, you may visit your county’s local Hawaii DMV office in person and submit the above-mentioned and some additional documents that vary according to the county you live in:

Honolulu

If you live in Honolulu County, you need to change your name on your drivers license in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, by submitting the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Proof of your legal name change
  • Pass a vision test
  • Provide your fingerprints
  • Payment for the required duplicate driver’s license fee

Hawaii

Residents of the Hawaii County can change their names on drivers licenses in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, by providing the following documents:

  • Current Hawaii driver’s license (or Social Security card and birth certificate)
  • Proof of your legal name change
  • Completed State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application
  • Payment for the required duplicate driver’s license fee

Maui and Kauai

If you are a resident of either the Maui County or the Kauai County, you will have to change your name on your driver’s license in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, by providing the following documents:

  • Proof of your legal name change
  • Current Hawaii driver’s license or other proof of identity
  • Payment for the required duplicate driver’s license fee
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii, who have recently made an official name change, need to update their records at the Social Security Administration (SSA) office prior to visiting a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. In order to inform the SSA office of your name change, you need to contact or visit in person any local SSA office and submit an Application for a Social Security Card. To support your name change request, submit one of the following documents as proof of a legal name change:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Court order
  • Divorce decree

Applications for updated Social Security cards may be submitted not only in person at a SSA office, but also by mail. Once your application is processed, you will get a new Social Security card within 10 business days.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any of the four counties in Hawaii who have proof that their driving record has been illegally accessed, can bring legal action against the offending party under the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act (FDPPA). Under the FDPPA, anybody who obtains personal information from a driving record for purposes not permitted by the FDPPA are liable to the person whose information they accessed illegally. If you are an individual who suspects that your information was accessed illegally, you may bring a civil lawsuit against the offending party by filing a complaint at the nearest law enforcement or police department office.

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When you have lost your car registration in Hawaii or if you have been a victim of theft you are obligated to file a police report and inform the police about the details of your missing documents.The lost car registration and the stolen car registration will be immediately made invalid once you file a police report. Since each county has locally established police departments, you should get in touch with the relevant law enforcement offices in your county.

Additionally, you must submit a copy of the police report along with the application for acar registration copy at DMV offices. Without the police report, you will not be able to get your duplicate car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Stolen car titles may be subject to misuse or counterfeiting, therefore it is a good choice to have them reported in order to protect your driving record and your vehicle from unlawful behavior. In order to file a police report, contact you re the police department in your county of residence.

To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft or similar crimes, call or visit the relevant department and report the stolen car title. Most police stations should be able to provide a verification letter for your report. Once you report your car title lost or stolen, the old car title is immediately declared invalid.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in each of the four counties in Hawaii who want to obtain a copy of their driving record, can request it in person at any of the District Courts in Hawaii, by completing these steps:

You can also have your driving record mailed to you, by completing a Request for Hawaii Driver History Record, paying a $9 fee, and sending the documents to one of the following addresses:

Honolulu

Driver Licensing Program

1199 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii

Driver Licensing Program

349 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720

Maui

Driver Licensing Program

70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Kauai

Driver Licensing Program

4444 Rice St A480, Lihue, HI 96766

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
If you live in Honolulu County or Kauai County

When you apply for a duplicate ID card application in Honolulu or Kauai, visit the nearest authorized DMV office, submit the completed ID Card Application indicating that you are asking for issuance of a duplicate and attach the supporting documents and fees to the application.

In case of a stolen ID card, you will also need to provide a new photograph. If you are requesting a change of name at the time of the application, you must enclose the certified state document. If you are requesting a change of address, you will need to present two acceptable documents of principle residence address. The fee for a duplicate ID card in Honolulu is $6 and the fee in Kauai is $7.

If you live in Hawaii County or Maui County

If you have a lost, damaged, or stolenID card, you need to apply for a duplicate ID card. To do so, apply at the relevant DMV office in your county and pay the appropriate fee. There is no need to enclose documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, Social Security number and legal presence at the time of the duplicate ID card application. Upon arrival, make sure to have the ID Card Application completed in full and that you check the duplicate box.

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

There is no hardship license in any of the four counties in Hawaii, so you will have to wait for your suspension period to be over in order to reinstate your driving privileges.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a resident of Hawaii and an active-duty military member stationed elsewhere, you must inform your county’s local Hawaii DMV office of your status by mailing a copy of the enlistment or deployment papers, in order to be able to apply for a drivers license replacement. Along with those documents, you will have to mail payment for the applicable fee along with a letter of request including the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Social Security card or Hawaii driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for replacement
  • Email
  • Signature

After your documents are processed, you will get a valid-without-photo license at your mailing address. When you return to Hawaii, you will have to visit your county’s local Hawaii DMV office and submit your military orders and discharge papers, or a letter from your commanding officer.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Unless you decide to dispute it at court, the first thing you must do to dismiss a traffic ticket in Hawaii is to pay traffic fine at the authorized collection agency, Municipal Services Bureau (MSB). Use the MSB online or telephone option by calling 800-616-0166 or 512-454-4757. Once you have completed the payment and taken all other actions that have been ordered by the court of jurisdiction, you need to file a request for an official receipt from the court that shows your case has been resolved.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, only certain individuals and organizations have the permission to obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record. Those organizations include:

  • Employers
  • Car insurance companies

Since there are three types of driving records in Hawaii, such as driver history records, certified traffic abstracts and traffic court reports, the employers and insurance companies usually obtain a copy of the certified traffic abstracts, which contains all the needed information for a traffic abstract and parking citations.

Individuals or businesses in South Dakota, can obtain someone else’s driving record by mail or in person, by following these steps:

Bring the request for a copy of your Hawaii driver history record and the payment to any of the District Courts in Hawaii, or mail them to the following address:

Honolulu

Driver Licensing Program

1199 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii

Driver Licensing Program

349 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720

Maui

Driver Licensing Program

70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Kauai

Driver Licensing Program

4444 Rice St A480, Lihue, HI 96766

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers who have had their vehicle registration lost, stolen or damaged in Hawaii can apply for a duplicate car registration by submitting the application form and the required documents to the authorized DMV offices in the county where they drive the vehicle, using one of the following methods:

  • By mail
  • In person

County online systems do not offer the option to apply for aduplicate car registration. If drivers need to additionally get new plates, emblems or stickers, they must submit an additional application and pay extra fees to get the new license plates. Drivers need to present a proof of identity when they apply. In situations of astolen car registration, a police report must accompany the application.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers who have had their current pink slip lost, mutilated or stolen must apply to get a new car title at their earliest convenience. They can submit the application form and the supporting documents, along with the required fees at DMV offices by choosing one of the following methods:

  • In person
  • By mail

Car titles are issued for each county separately. Pay attention to submit the correct application form at your local county office and have it properly signed. Prepare to have information about the make and model of your vehicle and your drivers license number. Additionally, you must allow enough time to have the application previously notarized or otherwise provide proof of identity at the time of application.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
Honolulu

Residents of Honolulu who deal with lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses, may obtain a duplicate drivers license either by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. If you apply in person, you will be required to have your fingerprints and photograph taken. Additionally, you may need to have your vision checked at the DMV office. You will also have to pay the fee for a duplicate license. When applying by mail, you will need to send a letter with your request for a duplicate drivers license, which includes your:

  • Name.
  • Social Security number or drivers license number.
  • Email address.
  • The reason why you need a duplicate drivers license.
  • Signature.

After you prepare your request for a drivers license replacement, you will also have to send a check or money order of $6 for the duplicate drivers license fee, to the following address:

Driver License Section

P.O. Box 30340

Honolulu, HI 96820

Hawaii

When applying for a duplicate drivers license in Hawaii County, you need to visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office in person. Once there, you will be required to provide the following documentation for a drivers license replacement:

After this, you will be issued a duplicate drivers license, which will expire on the day it was supposed to be renewed, before it was stolen or lost.

Maui

In Maui County, in order to apply for a drivers license replacement, you need to visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office in person. Upon arrival, you will be required to provide the following documents:

Kauai

When drivers apply for drivers license replacements in the county Kauai, they need to present two proofs or residency and to pay a $7 fee for the duplicate drivers license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In order to obtain a salvaged pink slip in Hawaii, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your insurance company for information about your vehicle.
  2. Get your vehicle inspected by an authorized RDS service dealer.
  3. Get in touch with the relevant office in your county to obtain the necessary information for the procedure of getting salvaged car title.

Authorized offices for each county are:

Honolulu

P.O. Box 30330

Honolulu, HI 96280

Phone: 808-532-4324

Hawaii

101 Pauahi Street, #105

Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: 808-961-8351

Maui

maui Mall Shopping Center

70 E. Kaahumanu Avenue, Suite A-17

Hahului, HI 96732

Phone: 808-270-7363

Kauai

4444 Rice Street, Suite 466

Lihue, HI 96766

Phone: 808-241-4256

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

How do I obtain car registration?
The process of applying for car registration is somewhat specific in Hawaiian counties, since drivers who wish to register their vehicles for the first time in Honolulu need to consider both state and county requirements. Even if counties have the same procedure, the required forms and fees are different and they all require county license plates.

Honolulu

Applicants who wish to register cars in Honolulu County may use the options of applying:

  • In person at Satellite City Hall offices
  • By mail to:

Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing P.O. Box 30320 Honolulu, Hawaii 96820-0320

There are also variations in the procedure that depend on the location from which the vehicle was purchased:

  • If the car was purchased in Oahu and the dealer does not register it for you, you must fill in and sign the CS-L (MVR) 1 form with the supporting documents and submit it together with a vehicle inspection certificate. When you visit the Satellite Hall office you will get the information about fees from the staff there. Military personnel need to submit the application form for non-residents.
  • If the car was purchased out of state, you will need to provide the old vehicle registration document and the shipping document, and fill in the form CS-L (MVR) 27 along with a valid vehicle inspection certificate.

Hawaii

To apply for vehicle registration in Hawaii County, you must submit the Hawaii county Application for Registration of Motor Vehicle using one of the following methods:

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 5 Hilo, HI 96720

Once you gather the necessary supporting documents, make sure to follow the rules that apply for your vehicle. Documents vary for in-state and out-of-state bought vehicles.

Maui

Maui has a county-specific Application for Registration of Motor Vehicle form that you will need to fill in when applying to get car registration. Attach the pertinent documents and submit them either in person or via mail to the nearest DMV location in Maui County. Make sure to enclose the documents that apply to the procedure applicable to the location where the vehicle was purchased. There are variations for out-of-state and out-of-county registered cars. The customer service representative defines fees that apply at the time of auto registration application.

Kauai

In a similar way to other Hawaiian counties, you can complete the vehicle registration in Kauai by submitting the application form DF-L(MVR) 1 and the additional documents to authorized DMV locations either in person or via mail. You can mail the documents to:

County of Kauai

Treasury Division (MVR)

4444 Rice St., Ste 466

Lihue, HI 96766-1340

Fee payment can be done in cash, by money order or by check and it is calculated at the time of car registration on basis of vehicle characteristics. Credit cards are not accepted. Military personnel need to use a different application form DF-L(MVR) 50. If you are registering a car bought from out of state, you need to have the shipping document at your disposal.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a resident of Hawaii and you have received a drivers license revocation as a habitual traffic offender, your license will be suspended for 90 days, or your driving will be prohibited for 30 days for a first offense. In the following 60 days your drivers license will be restricted for work-related purposes only and you will be required to participate in a substance abuse treatment program.

To reinstate a drivers license revocation as a habitual traffic offender, you must contact your county’s local Hawaii DMV office.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in any of the four counties in Hawaii are required by state law to submit to a chemical test while operating a motor vehicle, if requested from police or law enforcement officers. Drivers who refuse to undergo a blood or breath test will have their licenses automatically suspended for one year for a first offense. The second offense within five years will result in an 18-month drivers license suspension, while their licenses will be suspended for two years for a third offense within five years. For any fourth or subsequent offense within the period of 10 years, the court might suspend your drivers license from five to 10 years.

After your license suspension or revocation period is over, drivers can begin the process of reinstating suspended drivers licenses. In order to reinstate suspended drivers licenses, you will have to retake the driving tests all over again and to submit an SR22 insurance from the insurance company at the end of the suspension or revocation period. You might also be required to pay certain fees upon visiting your county’s local Hawaii DMV office where you will begin with the process of getting back your driver’s license.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Depending on the type of violation a driver in Hawaii has committed, the suspension period varies. After you complete your suspension period, you may be able to reinstate suspended drivers license, by doing the following:

  • Provide proof of SR-22 insurance
  • Satisfy the court requirements
  • Retake and pass the road test and the knowledge test
  • Complete an alcohol education program, if needed
  • Complete a driver improvement course, if needed
  • Reapply for a driver’s license
  • Submit a payment for the suspended drivers license reinstatement

You might also need to provide the following documents to your local DMV office:

  • Proof of legal name and date of birth:
    • US birth certificate
    • US passport
    • Military ID card
  • Proof of Social Security number:
    • Social Security card
    • W-2 form
    • State-issued photo ID
  • Proof of citizenship or presence:
    • US birth certificate
    • US passport
    • Foreign passport and I-94

Depending on the county where you live, you must contact your county’s local Hawaii DMV office for further information about the suspended drivers license reinstatement process.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaii is a state, which does not have a point system for drivers; therefore,traffic ticket fines will not bring you demerit points against your drivers license. However, if you commit too many traffic violations, they will be recorded on your driving record and you may face higher insurance premiums, possible fines and suspended licenses. In order to clear your driving record, you are suggested to reduce the number of traffic violations you receive by practicing safe driving and trying not to commit any additional offenses.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Hawaii

How do I renew my driving permit?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, no matter in which county you live, the learners permit is valid for one year. According to the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program, after six-months of driving with an instruction permit, you should upgrade to a provisional driver’s license at the nearest county’s local Hawaii DMV office. This means that you will not need to renew your instruction permit, but upgrade it.

However, if it happens that you need to renew your instruction permit, you can do that 30 days before the expiration date. If you fail to renew it by then, you will have to wait 180 days after the issuance of your renewed learners permit in order to be eligible for a road test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

How do I renew my ID card?
If you live in Honolulu County or Maui County

Residents of Honolulu County can renew ID cards in person at a DMV office. An ID card renewal can be done as early as six months before the ID card expires and as late as one year after the expiry date. If you fail to observe this deadline, you will be treated as a new applicant.

Senior applicants over the age of 80 can renew via mail only if they have previously submitted the relevant documentation that is later kept on their file. They must mail their signature and a photo together with the application along with the required documents. The relevant local office will afterwards mail the renewed ID card.

Out of state applicants must also renew in person. They have the advantage of keeping the expired ID card for a certain time period of time to serve as proof of identity when they are not in the state.

When you renew an expired ID card in person, make sure to present the correct evidence from the list below and pay appropriate fees at the relevant DMV locations:

  • ID Card Application form
  • Affidavit for Minor for persons under 14
  • Proof of legal name:
    • Valid US passport or passport card
    • Consular report of birth abroad
    • Valid state of Hawaii ID card
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • Drivers license or learners permit with photo
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order for name change, adoption/ or divorce
    • Civil union certificate
  • Proof of date of birth:
    • Valid US passport or passport card
    • Consular report of birth abroad
    • Valid state of Hawaii ID card
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • Drivers license or learners permit with photo
  • Proof of Social Security number:
    • Drivers license or learners permit with photo
    • Original Social Security card
    • Wage and tax statement form W-2 or 1099R
    • Medicare ID Card (Suffix A, M, T, and TA only)
    • SSA-1099 form from a previous year
    • Non SSA-1099 form from a previous year
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • Valid US passport or passport Card
    • Consular report of birth abroad
    • Valid state of Hawaii ID card
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
  • Proof of principal residence address (two documents):
    • Drivers license, vehicle registration, or car title
    • Voter notification postcard
    • Utility bill with the applicant s name and address
    • Checking or savings account statement
    • Payroll check or payroll check stub with applicant s name and address
    • Mortgage account or proof of home ownership
    • Current property tax assessment form
    • Receipt for personal property taxes paid
    • Residential rental or time-share agreement for six months or more
    • A W-2 or 1099 form from the previous year
    • Student identification card or document
    • Medical card issued by a health insurance agency
    • Letter from the Hawaii State Department of Human Services indicating the person is receiving welfare assistance
    • Department of taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance
    • Address of current shelter agency for homeless applicants
    • An address convention used by the United States Postal Service
    • Alternative address for applicants under confidentiality program
    • Spouse or parent affidavit

If you live in Hawaii County or Kauai County

The only option you can use for an ID card renewal in Hawaii or Kauai is submitting the required application in person at the authorized offices which issue state ID cards. When you intend to renew your identification card, make sure to complete the adequate ID Card Application form and present proof of legal name and date of birth, proof of legal presence, proof of residence and proof of Social Security number. Prepare the appropriate fee and use any of the available documents from the list below, which are at your disposal, to prove facts required for the renewal:

  • Proof of legal name:
    • Valid US passport or passport card
    • Consular report of birth abroad
    • Valid state of Hawaii ID card
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • Drivers license or learners permit with photo
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order for name change, adoption or divorce
    • Civil union certificate
  • Proof of date of birth:
    • Valid US passport or passport card
    • Consular report of birth abroad
    • Valid state of Hawaii ID card
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • Drivers license or learners permit with photo
  • Proof of Social Security number:
    • Drivers license or learners permit with photo
    • Original Social Security card
    • Wage and tax statement form W-2 or 1099R
    • Medicare ID Card (Suffix A, M, T, and TA only)
    • SSA-1099 form from a previous year
    • Non SSA-1099 form from a previous year
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • Valid US passport or passport Card
    • Consular report of birth abroad
    • Valid state of Hawaii ID card
    • Certificate of citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
  • Proof of principal residence address (two documents):
    • Drivers license, vehicle registration or car title
    • Voter notification postcard
    • Utility bill with the applicant s name and address
    • Checking or savings account statement
    • Payroll check or payroll check stub with applicant s name and address
    • Mortgage account or proof of home ownership
    • Current property tax assessment form
    • Receipt for personal property taxes paid
    • Residential rental or time-share agreement for six months or more
    • A W-2 or 1099 form from the previous year
    • Student Identification card or document
    • Medical card issued by a health insurance agency
    • Letter from the Hawaii State Department of Human Services indicating the person is receiving welfare assistance
    • Department of taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance
    • Address of current shelter agency for homeless applicants
    • An address convention used by the United States Postal Service
    • Alternative address for applicants under confidentiality program
    • Spouse or parent affidavit

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii, who are active-duty military members and are stationed elsewhere, must inform their county’s local Hawaii DMV office of their status by mailing a copy of the enlistment or deployment papers. Once the papers are submitted, your expired drivers license can be automatically extended for 90 days after your discharge. Once your extension expires, you will need to visit your county’s local Hawaii DMV office and submit your military orders and discharge papers, or a letter from your commanding officer.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Whenever you need to do a renewal of the medical report for your commercial drivers licensein Hawaii, which is usually every two years, you need to visit an office of a qualified medical examiner and pass the required medical checks.

You must do the renewal before the expiry of the old one. Otherwise, your privilege to drive for commercial purposes will be immediately removed. To complete the CDL license renewal, follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Apply to renew physical impairment variance in FMCSA
  • Renew intrastate waiver at DOT Hawaii

If you fail to renew on time, you will need to complete retesting and pay appropriate extra fees to get your CDL privileges back. Additionally, you may choose to regrade the license to a category that does not need a medical certificate.

Some medical examiners may choose to shorten the validity of your CDL license if your physical condition requires checks to be done more frequently. Still, the expiry date is noted on the certificate and you can keep track of it there.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

To renew motorcycle drivers licenses, Hawaiian motorbike riders need to follow a procedure that is similar to the one that is applicable for new motorcycle driving licenses. You will need to take care to apply for a motorcycle drivers license renewal before the expiration date. The motorcycle driving licenses expire on birthday dates and are normally valid for four years. The original instruction permit needs to be upgraded after the initial one-year validity period.

To apply for a motorcycle drivers license renewal, you must follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the adequate license application indicating renewal
  2. Pass the required eye screening test
  3. Pay appropriate fees
  4. Present a clear driving record
  5. Provide documentary proof of:
  • Identity
  • Legal presence
  • Social Security number
  • Principal residence (two documents)

Names must be the same on all documents. If they are not, you will need to provide additional documents to certify the recent change.

Drivers can renewtheir motorcycle drivers licenseas early as six months before the drivers license expiration date and as late as 90 days after the driving license expiration date without penalty. Penalties apply later in amount of a prorated fee of $5 for 30 days.

For more information: How to Renew/Replace Motorcycle License in Hawaii

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaii has a long list of documents you need to submit when applying for a drivers license replacement. If you are a non-United States citizen living in any of the four counties in Hawaii, you should present the following documentation in the need of a duplicate drivers license:

  • Proof of immigration status:
    • Form I-551 (Lawful Permanent Resident Card, Machine Readable Immigrant Visa) with your unexpired foreign passport
    • I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit)
    • I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
  • Proof of work eligibility:
    • Non-citizens need permission to work from DHS
    • Foreign workers need to show their:
      • I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
      • I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit) from DHS
  • Proof of age:
    • Your foreign birth certificate
      • If you don t have your foreign birth certificate, you can present your passport or a DHS document, as evidence of your age.
  • Proof of identity:
    • I-551 Permanent Resident Card
    • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record with unexpired foreign passport or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
    • I-766 Employment Authorization Document

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
Honolulu

Residents of Honolulu County who have recently had lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses while out of state, can apply for a drivers license replacement by mail. To apply for a duplicate drivers license from out of state, residents should send a letter to the county’s local Hawaii DMV office, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Social Security card or Hawaii driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for replacement
  • Email
  • Signature

You will also need to provide a check or money order in the letter for the $6 drivers license replacementfee. Once you have completed all the aforementioned steps, you should send everything to the following address:

Driver License Section

P.O. Box 30340

Honolulu, HI 96820

Fax: 808-832-2904

Your duplicate drivers license will be mailed to you within 10 days. Once you return to Hawaii, you will have to go to your county’s local Hawaii DMV office in order to receive a new drivers license.

Hawaii

Residents of the Hawaii County, who deal with stolen, damaged or lost drivers licenses while out of state, can apply for a duplicate drivers license by mail. In order to get a drivers license replacement, you will have to mail a letter with a request to the county’s local Hawaii DMV office, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Social Security card or Hawaii driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for replacement
  • Email
  • Signature

You will also need to provide a check or money order in the letter for the $6 drivers license replacement fee and mail everything to the following address:

Department of Finance

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division

Driver License Section

349 Kapiolani Street

Hilo, HI 96720

Your duplicate drivers license will be mailed to you within five to 10 days and it will be valid for 60 days. When you return to Hawaii, you will have to go to your county’s local Hawaii DMV office to receive a new drivers license.

Maui

If you’re a Maui county resident, you will need to call 808-270-7363 for detailed information on how to request a replacement driver’s license.

Kauai

Residents of Kauai County, who recently had to deal with damaged, lost or stolen drivers licenses while out of state, can apply for a duplicate drivers license by mail. To apply for a drivers license replacement from out of state, residents should send a letter to the county’s local Hawaii DMV office, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Social Security card or Hawaii driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for replacement
  • Email
  • Signature

You will also need to provide a check or money order in the letter for the $7 drivers license replacementfee. Once you have completed all the aforementioned steps, you should send everything to the following address:

Driver Lisence Division

444 Rice Street, Suite A480

Lihu’e. HI 96766

Fax: (808) 241-6533

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
Honolulu

To complete acar title transferbetween states in Honolulu County, you must submit the following set of documents to your local county DMV office:

  • Completed CS-L(MVR)-1 form
  • Last car registration issued by the other state
  • Car title from the other state
  • Notarized Bill of Sale if not released by previous owner
  • Lien satisfaction letter if lienholder is indicated and the lien is not released
  • Current safety inspection certificate
  • Bill of lading (shipping receipt) only if out-of-state vehicle permit is absent
  • Present Non-Resident Certificate, Form CS-L(MVR)50 for military personnel

If you live in Hawaii County or Maui County

When you are transferring car title between states in Hawaii or Maui, you must collect the necessary supporting documents and fees payment and present everything at your county DMV office.

It is advisable to get in touch with them beforehand to check for forms, recent fees or additional custom-related documents that may be required. Additionally, you must prepare the current car title and car registration and make sure the vehicle is inspected for safety.

Kauai

To transfer ownership of the vehicle if you are a resident of Kauai and you have obtained a vehicle out of state, follow the steps from the checklist below:

  1. Complete and sign Form DF-L(MVR) 1
  2. Produce a current out-of-state car registration
  3. Produce a properly completed car title
  4. Produce a bill of lading or out-of-state vehicle permit
  5. Produce a G-27 form if applicable
  6. Produce a current safety inspection certificate
  7. Produce a vehicle weight slip from a state-certified scale, if required
  8. Submit payment of fees

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Whenever you have lost your pink slipin Hawaii, you must obtain a new car title. To obtain anew pink slip, make sure to submit the following documents at your county DMV office:

  • Completed new car title certificate
  • Valid current car registration
  • Current safety inspection certificate
  • Payment for duplicate car title
  • Proof of ID

All joint owners and any lienholders, if applicable, must properly fill in the car title. Check theDMV locations in Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui or Kauai to inquire about any additional documents that may need to be submitted for trailers, scooters or motorcycles.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

How do I transfer my car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The process of transferring car titles assumes that each party in the transaction completes the steps in the pink slip certificate, which are required on their behalf. In addition, it depends on the reason behind the transfer of title. Although all four counties have similar procedures, variations in the forms and the fees do occasionally apply. Certain transactions require further documentation.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Recreational vehicles (RV) in Hawaii need to be properly registered. Toobtain a new car title for an RV, you must complete the same steps that apply for drivers of regular motor vehicles, which include:

  1. Present completed new car title
  2. Submit current car title
  3. Submit current car registration
  4. Provide current safety inspection certificate
  5. Provide Non-Resident Certificate, Form CS-L(MVR) 50 for military personnel
  6. Death certificate of the deceased owner if required
  7. Provide Bill of Sale if required
  8. Notice of Transfer form if it is not attached to the car title
  9. Non-commercial vehicle certification for tax exemption
  10. Prepare payment for transfer fee, registration renewal fee and late transfer fee if required

Contact relevant DMV offices to check if additional documents for the vehicle that is pulling the trailer will be required.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a member of the military and you need to obtain your motorcycle driving license in Hawaii, you need to apply at authorized DMV offices in your county following the same procedure that is in use for civilian applicants.

Considering your military status, variations in documentary evidence exist. Members of the military applying for a HI motorcycle driving license must present the following documents:

  • U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card
  • DD-214 (original or certified copy)
  • Valid U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card
  • Valid DOD Common Access Card (CAC)

Applicants must also complete the relevant license application, pass the required eye-screening exam, knowledge and skills tests and pay necessary fees. Contact a nearby DMV office to ask about possible test waivers that may apply to military personnel. When you complete this procedure, your motorcycle drivers license will be mailed to you to the address you have provided on the application.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

How does the DMV check my vision?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The DMV administers a vision test in order to determine whether or not the driver has the minimum standard of 20/40 vision for safe driving. If you do not meet the acuity standard of 20/40 in at least one eye, and the standard of visual field of 140 degrees horizontally, then you must have a vision statement completed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Applicants who fail the vision exam will be given a vision report, which they must take to a vision specialist and have it completed before returning to finish applying for drivers licenses.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of all four counties in Hawaii who hold learners permits and who would like to move up to a regular, unrestricted drivers license, need to become familiar with the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program in Hawaii. This GDL program consists of three phases:

  • Instruction permit
  • Provisional driver’s license
  • Unrestricted driver’s license

Drivers with learners permit have to wait six months or at least until they are 16 years old and to complete a driver’s education, in order to have their permit upgraded to a provisional driver’s license. After they get the provisional drivers license, they must wait for additional six months, or to be 17 years old, and to pass a road test in order to obtain a full, unrestricted driver’s license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers who wish to get acar title replacement in Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui or Kauai, can only apply to get their duplicate pink slip in person or by mail.

Ordering a car title copy online is not an option. A convenient alleviation is that the relevant application forms are available online for Honolulu County, Hawaii County and Maui County. You can print them and fill them out before you submit them at authorized DMV offices.

Applications must be properly signed, submitted in hard copy and notarized or otherwise supported with appropriate proof of identity.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in any of the four counties in Hawaii are required by state law to submit to a chemical test while operating a motor vehicle, if requested from police or law enforcement officers. Drivers who refuse to undergo a blood or breath test will have their licenses automatically suspended for one year for a first offense. A second offense will result in a two-year drivers license suspension. Drivers licenses will be suspended for four years for a third offense. For any subsequent offense, the court might suspend your drivers license for up to five years.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When you complete the ID card application procedure at nominated locations in your local county, you will be issued with the hard copy ID card via mail as soon as possible after the application date. Exact times of issuance may vary by county and by location. You are suggested to get in touch with the authorized offices on the phone to check when your ID cardwill be complete:

  • Honolulu County: 808-532-7730
  • Hawaii County: 808-961-2222
  • Maui County: 808-270-7363
  • Kauai County: 808-241-4242

Having in mind that you are allowed to submit the ID card application six months before its expiry date, it is best if you use this long time period to collect all documents and complete the procedure on time.

If you need an identification document and your ID card is not yet issued, you may always use your drivers license. Parents of minors need to take care to apply on time, as this will be the first ID document for their children.

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Since Hawaii does not have a point system, you do not get to collect any demerit points before having your drivers license suspended or revoked. Instead, you might get an immediate suspension or revocation of your driver’s license if you commit a major traffic violation.

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaii does not have a point system conducted in the country, so you cannot attend a traffic school as a way of removing demerit points from your driving record. However, you might still need to complete a traffic school course depending on the circumstances of your traffic offense, your driving history and the Hawaii traffic court or insurance provider. Moreover, in Hawaii you are eligible to take a traffic school course in order to dismiss a traffic ticket or to earn a car insurance discount.

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of all four counties in Hawaii who have recently went through the process of an official name change need to update their name at a local SSA office and at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. The fees for name change on your car registration differ depending on the county where you live in, but they might be the same as the fees for duplicate documents. If that is the case, you will need to pay:

  • Honolulu: Contact your county at 808-768-3391 in order to find out the fee for change of name on your car registration, or the fee for duplicate car registration
  • Hawaii: $5
  • Maui: $10
  • Kauai: $10
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of all four counties in Hawaii who have recently made an official name change need to update their name at a local SSA office and at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. The fees for name change on your car title might vary according to the county where you live in, but they might be the same as the fees for duplicate documents. If that is the case, you will need to pay:

  • Honolulu: $5
  • Hawaii: $5
  • Maui: $10
  • Kauai: Contact your county at808-241-4242 in order to find out the fee for change of name on your car title, or the fee for duplicate car title
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a resident of any of the four counties in Hawaii and you have recently had an official name change at the SSA office, your next step is to update your DMV records at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Depending on your county and on the number of documents you need to update, you will be required to pay fees that might be the same as the fees for duplicate documents:

Honolulu

  • Drivers license: $6
  • ID card: $6
  • Title certificate: $5
  • Car registration: Contact 808-768-3391

Hawaii

  • Drivers license: $6
  • ID card: $6
  • Title certificate: $5
  • Car registration: $5

Maui

  • Driver’s license: Contact 808-270-7363
  • ID card: $6
  • Title certificate: $10
  • Car registration: $10

Kauai

  • Driver’s license: Contact 808-241-4242
  • ID card: $7
  • Title certificate: Contact 808-241-4242
  • Car registration: $10
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Each state defines a specific period of validity for driving documents. After the original issuance period passes all documents need to be renewed by completing the Application for Commercial Driver’s License and supporting it with the pertinent documents. You need to initiate the renewal procedure for your CDL license in Hawaii at least six months before the expiry date to accumulate enough time to pass all tests, checks and CDL endorsement criteria.

Commercial driving licenses in Hawaii are valid for:

  • Six years for citizens below the age of 72
  • Two years for senior citizens over the age of 72

When you apply for aCDL license renewal in Hawaii, always bear in mind any additional endorsements that need to accompany the basic application document and that need to be renewed. Hazardous materials endorsement needs to be renewed each five years for example.

You must also note the expiry date on your medical certificate, which is valid for two years or less if indicated.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If your Hawaii drivers license is still valid, you can renew it six months prior to the expiration date. You will also have the opportunity to renew drivers licenses one year after the expiration date.

However, if your Hawaii drivers license is expired, you can renew it according to the period of time it has been expired. If your drivers license has been expired for less than a year, you can pay a reactivation fee and have it reactivated in order to begin with a process of renewing drivers licenses. If your drivers license has been expired for more than a year, you will need to apply for a new drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In situations in which you are the legal heir of a vehicle which has come into your possession because of death of a family member, you should follow the steps for car title transfer that apply in case of vehicle sale. You will not be asked to provide Bill of Sale, but you will be asked to provide valid properly issued death certificate of the current owner. You should also consider legal inheritance regulations in your county and account for the will of the previous owner.

Below is the list of documents and fees that need to be presented at the DMV office in your county in order to complete the car title transfer for your inherited vehicle:

  • Properly completed new car title
  • Valid current car title
  • Current car registration
  • Current safety inspection certificate
  • Non-Resident Certificate, Form CS-L(MVR) 50 for military personnel
  • Death certificate of the deceased owner
  • Notice of Transfer form if it is not attached to the car title
  • Non-commercial vehicle certification for tax exemption
  • Payment for transfer fee, registration renewal fee and late transfer fee

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
When renewing auto registration in Hawaii, applicants need to make sure they complete the renewal before the expiration date. All car registrations are valid for one year and failing to honor this deadline will result in late renewal penalty fees, which vary by county.

Honolulu

Penalties for late renewal in Honolulu are calculated at an annual flat rate of:

  • Total of $16 for passenger vehicles which consists of:
    • $8 county weight tax
    • $8 state weight tax
  • Total of $40 for commercial vehicles which consists of:
    • $20 county weight tax
    • $20 state weight tax

Hawaii

Penalty fees are calculated if the auto registration renewal is not completed before the expiration date in amount of:

  • 20 percent of the county weight tax
  • 20 percent of the state weight tax

Maui

Maui has very strict requirements for clear driving records and will refrain from renewing car registration if you have any traffic citations. Drivers must clear theirdriving record before the expiration of their current car registration in order to avoid having to face any penalties.

Kauai

Failing to submit proper payment in Kauai will result in the following penalties:

  • Penalty for administrative online payment
  • Penalty for returned checks
  • Penalty for canceled credit cards

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaii residents who deal with lost or stolen drivers licenses are not required by the state to file a police report, but they are recommended to do so as soon as possible in order to prevent an identity theft or fraud. After filing a report to the police department or your local law enforcement, bring a copy of the report to your county’s local Hawaii DMV office when applying for a drivers license replacement. For further questions about whether your replacement fee will be waived or not, contact the Hawaii DMV.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a motor vehicle operator, who has been involved in an accident in Hawaii, you are required by a state law to report all damages to a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Residents of Hawaii must report damages of motor vehicles and damages of personal property. If you find yourself in the situation of a car accident, you will need to report all damages to insurance companies as well, in order to get a financial compensation.

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, it does not matter whether you are a permanent resident or an out-of-state resident for half the year, you are still required to have a minimum amount of liability auto insurance if you want to own and operate a motor vehicle in the state. As a resident of Hawaii, you need to have car insurance, which consists of:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance
  • Property Damage Liability Insurance

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a resident of any of the four counties in Hawaii who has lost the traffic ticket fines paperwork, you should immediately contact your county’s District Court so that you will not miss the payment deadline. To contact the necessary District Court, you can go to the Hawaii State Judiciary website and find the necessary contact information for the county where the traffic ticket fines were received. If you want to avoid late fees and potential license suspensions for non-payment, you should pay the traffic ticket fine by the deadline printed on the ticket.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you live in Honolulu County, Hawaii County or Kauai County

When you are not in Honolulu or in Hawaii and you need to get an ID card copy, prepare and sign a letter including the following information and send it by mail or by fax to the adequate office in your county:

  • Name and date of birth
  • Mailing and principal residence address
  • Social Security number or Hawaii identification card number
  • Email address
  • Reason for the duplicate
  • Payment for the $6 fee

Honolulu office location:

  • Driver License Section

P.O. Box 30340, Honolulu,

HI 96820-0340

808-832-2904

Hawaii office locations:

  • Hilo Driver License Office 349 Kapiolani Street Hilo, HI 96720 808-961-2222
  • Kona Driver License Office

West Hawaii Civic Center 74-5044 AneKeohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 808-323-4800

Kauai office location:

  • Driver License Section

4444 Rice St.

Ste.A-480 Lihue

Hi 96766

808-241-6533

Maui County

If you need to ask for issuance of a duplicate ID card and you are out of the county of Maui, you will need to mail a letter with the documents below:

Make sure to use this address on your letter:

Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing Attn: SID Processing Center 70 E. Kaahumanu Avenue

Suite A-17 Kahului, HI 96732

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a resident of any of the four counties in Hawaii and your driver’s license has been confiscated due to a DUI or DWI arrest, you might get it back after the period of suspension or revocation is over. In order to reinstate suspended drivers licenses, residents will have to retake all the driving tests again and submit an SR22 insurance from the insurance company at the end of the suspension or revocation period. You might also be required to pay fees for reinstating suspended drivers licenses. When your suspension or revocation period is over, visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office to begin the process of getting your drivers license back.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Honolulu

When you wish to replace personalized license platesin Honolulu, make sure to follow the steps below:

Make sure to add all supporting documentation that is required for the type of the plate that you require.

Hawaii

Apart from obtaining duplicate license plates, you can apply for replacement of special license plates in Hawaii County by submitting the Application for Specialty License Plates to the following address:

County of Hawaii

Department of Finance

Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division

101 Pauahi St., Suite No. 5

Hilo HI 96720

Before you submit the application with the supporting documents and fees, mark the appropriate box for license plate type and provide certification for veteran eligibility, if needed.

Maui

In order to apply for a personalized license plates replacement in Maui, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and sign the Application for Special Number Plates
  2. Pay $25 fee
  3. Submit current car registration
  4. Pay emblem replacement fee of $0.50
  5. Renew registration if renewable within the next 45 days
  6. Submit safety inspection inspectorate
  7. Return current plates

Kauai

The same process that is applicable for regular license plate duplicates, applies to request a replacement of personalized license plates in Kauai. To do so, you must visit a local DMV office and submit the required application, present safety inspection certificate, provide your old plates if available and prepare the adequate fee payment.

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

As usual, requirements for commercial drivers are stricter than the ones for regular drivers, since driving a CMV assumes that you have previously gained some experience on the roads of Hawaii.

To obtain your Hawaiian commercial driving license, you must be at least 21 years old. If you apply to get a CDL instruction permit beforehand you will need to drive accompanied and supervised for one year by an experienced driver who already has a vehicle of your type.

To prove your age, you need to submit an original birth certificate in support to the CDL application. All requirements and knowledge necessary to get the CDL license as soon as possible are available at the Hawaii CDL Manual.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
In Hawaii, there is an age limit to renew drivers licenses, which varies according to the county where you live.

Honolulu

In the county Honolulu, the validity of drivers license is divided as follows:

  • Drivers under 25 years old can renew drivers licenses after four years
  • Drivers from 25 to 71 years old can renew drivers licenses after eight years
  • Drivers above 72 years old can renew drivers licenses after two years

Hawaii

In the county Hawaii, the validity ofdrivers licenses is divided on the basis of the years of the driver:

  • Drivers from 18 to 24 years old can renew drivers licenses after four years
  • Drivers from 25 to 71 years old can renew drivers licenses after eight years
  • Drivers above 72 years old can renew drivers licenses after two years

Maui

In the county Maui, the validity ofdrivers licenses is divided on the basis of the years of the driver:

  • Drivers from 16 to 24 years old can renew drivers licenses after four years
  • Drivers from 25 to 71 years old can renew drivers licenses after eight years
  • Drivers above 72 years old can renew drivers licenses after two years

Kauai

In the county of Kauai, drivers do not have an age limit, but they can renew drivers licenses after two, four or eight years.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

All documents that are issued to serve for the purpose of car registration need to be kept in your vehicle. Vehicle registration is the most important proof of vehicle ownership that can certify that you are authorized to drive the vehicle.

When you are driving throughout Hawaiian islands, a police officer may stop you and ask to see the car registration along with the other driving documents. If you do not have it with you, you may face penalties and have to undergo further checks.

Keeping the car registration safe in your car will also defend you against having it stolen. It is advisable that you keep it together with the insurance policy, as they are both connected and usually need to be presented together when requested.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who deal with lost, damaged or stolen drivers licenses and need to obtain a duplicate drivers license, can do so in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Honolulu County allows residents to submit applications by mail. When applying for a duplicate drivers license in Hawaii, you will be required to provide your mailing address in order to receive your drivers license replacement within 10 days.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers of Hawaii who are 72 years old or older and who need to renew their drivers license, are required to do so in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office every two years. Upon renewing your drivers license, you might be required to take a vision test and a written knowledge test as well. In order to prepare for the knowledge exam, you should take some practice driving tests or read the Official Hawaii Driver’s Manual.

For more information: Senior Drivers in Hawaii

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Ownership of vehicles can be obtained for many different reasons. Drivers who get a new vehicle in their name must obtain a new pink slip. You may need to apply for a car title transfer if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are moving to a new state.
  • You have received a vehicle as a gift.
  • You have received your vehicle from a deceased loved one who left it for you.
  • You are adding an owner to your vehicle.
  • You have satisfied a vehicle lien.
  • You have purchased your vehicle through a private party.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents in Hawaii who operate a motor vehicle must follow certain laws and regulations when driving. Residents who violate the driving laws are subject to variety penalties, including the most severe penalty of having a drivers license suspension. Some of the violations that may constitute in a suspended drivers license, include:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI/DWI)
  • Failing or refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test
  • Driving with a suspended license or no license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Other driving-related violations
  • Physical or psychological disqualification
  • Non-driving reasons for license suspension

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Provided the applicants for motorcycle drivers license in Hawaii have successfully passed the knowledge test, the practice test and the vision test, the age requirement they need to fulfill to get their instruction permit is to be at least 15 ½ years old.

Once you ve been issued a motorcycle instruction permit, motorcycle drivers must have at least one year of behind-the-wheel practice before they can be eligible to apply for a standard HI motorcycle drivers license. If you are under 18, you must also get adequate drivers education from a school authorized by the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Commercial drivers licenseshave three different classes nominated depending on the type of vehicle:

  • CDL Class A for combination vehicles
  • CDL Class B for heavy straight vehicles
  • CDL Class C for small vehicles

The below mentioned CDL endorsements are available for drivers of commercial vehicles in Hawaii:

  • CDL T endorsement for double/triple trailers
  • CDL P endorsement for passenger vehicles
  • CDL N endorsement for tank vehicles
  • CDL H endorsement for hazardous materials
  • CDL X endorsement for a combination of tank vehicle and hazardous materials
  • CDL S endorsement for school buses

Combinations of the above are also possible. To get each of these endorsements noted on your CDL license, you will need to pass a special knowledge test and pay additional testing and licensing fee.

Fees vary across counties and it is thus advisable to check current amounts at DMV Offices. To get the CDL H endorsement you must satisfy a background check, which is mandatory on country level as a safety measure for all CDL applicants with hazmat placards.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in Hawaii found to be driving with a suspended drivers license might face possible fines and jail time based on the reason for the drivers license suspension and on previous convictions. Depending on the situation, drivers in Hawaii may face a maximum penalty of up to $1,000 fine and up to 30 days in jail. If you are convicted of driving with a suspended drivers license, you might need to contact a lawyer in order to avoid the possible fine or jail time, or to find a way to prevent adding an extension to your drivers license suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

What are the different types of driving records?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, there are three types of driving records, such as:

  • Driver history records: Contains information from the last three years, including your name, date of birth, mailing address, driver’s license status, traffic violations, accidents, failures to appear and suspensions and revocations of your driver’s license.
  • Certified traffic abstracts: These are less detailed driving records that contain all moving violations, convictions and driver’s license revocations.
  • Traffic court reports: This report is also known as a complete abstract and it contains all the information for a traffic abstract and parking citations.

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The initial ID card application, anID card renewal and anID card replacement are subject to fees, which are established by DMV offices at your home county:

Honolulu

  • Initial application:
    • $40 for eight years valid ID card
    • $5 for annual fraction of one to seven years valid ID card
  • Renewals: $40
  • Replacements: $6

Hawaii

  • Initial Application:
    • $40 for one year valid ID card
    • $5 for one year valid ID card
  • Renewals: $40
  • Replacements: $6

Maui

  • Initial application: $40
  • Renewals: $40
  • Replacements: $6

Kauai

  • Initial application:
    • $32 for eight years valid ID card
    • $4 for one year valid ID card
  • Renewals: $32
  • Replacements: $7

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who deal with stolen, damaged or lost drivers licenses, need to apply for a duplicate drivers license at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. The required fees for duplicate drivers license requests vary by county and include:

  • Honolulu: $6
  • Hawaii: $6
  • Maui: $6
  • Kauai: $7

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The Hawaii Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program implies three types of learners permit restrictions based on the phases that this program is divided into:

  • Instruction permit: Drivers with an instruction permit are allowed to drive only if supervised by a licensed adult (above 21 years old) between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., or supervised by a parent or legal guardian at any time. The licensed adult must be seated in the front seat and all passengers must wear seat belts.
  • Provisional drivers permit: Drivers with a provisional driver’s permit are allowed to drive between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. without supervision. However, from 11 p.m. till 5 a.m., drivers must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian. Drivers can operate a motor vehicle without supervision only for the purpose of traveling to or from work or school and they need to carry an assigned statement with them.
  • Unrestricted drivers license: Drivers with an unrestricted drivers license have the privilege to operate a motor vehicle without supervision.

In Hawaii, there is another restriction, which is known as the behind-the-wheel requirement. Drivers with a learners permit are required to complete 50 hours of driving behind the wheel under supervision of a licensed adult, or parent or legal guardian. Ten hours of these 50 required driving hours must be driven at night.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, the most recent requirements expect that each driver be checked by a medical examiner from the authorized list of examiners on country level. The authorized examiner must provide a copy of the medical report to your employer and they must keep it on file at our place of work.

Each CDL license applicant driver must submit the following forms:

  • Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • Driver Self Certification on which they need to indicate the relevant category:
    • Interstate excepted
    • Interstate non-excepted
    • Intrastate excepted
    • Intrastate non-excepted
  • A variance from their state if they have physical impairments which affect driving

Medical cards, which are issued when you pass the medical check, need to be submitted in support to the CDL application. This can be done in person, via mail, by fax or on the selected email address in Hawaii.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Common reasons that you may need to have your car registration document replaced in Hawaii include if your car registration has been:

  • Lost
  • Mutilated or damaged
  • Stolen

If plates have been stolen, you may also need to obtain a duplicate car registration. In the state of Hawaii, you are not allowed to drive without a valid car registration card, as you will face penalties if stopped by a law enforcement officer.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Penalties for minors in Hawaii who receive traffic tickets include drivers license suspensions. To pay traffic ticket fines, persons under 18 cannot use the MSB collection agency. They are always taken before the relevant court of jurisdiction, which will decide on the further action that needs to be taken against the minor offender. The court will also evaluate and collect the traffic ticket price. Parental involvement is necessary.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Hawaii

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in any of the four counties in Hawaii who are found to be driving above the legal alcohol limit will be accessed a DUI or DWI citations. The penalties of being convicted of DUI differ on the number of the offense, but include jail time, fines and license suspension or revocation:

  • First offense:
    • Jail time: 48 hours to five days
    • Fine: from $150 to $1,000
    • Mandatory alcohol or drug abuse program, with length of 14 hours
    • License revocation: One year
  • Second offense:
    • Jail time: Five to 30 days in jail or 240 hours of community service
    • Fine: from $500 to $1,500
    • License revocation: Up to two years
  • Third offense:
    • Jail time: 10 to 30 days
    • Fine: from $500 to $2,500
    • License revocation: Two years

For the fourth and any subsequent offense, your license will be suspended or revoked from five to 10 years.

Other possible penalties include revocation of car registration, refusal of a restricted driving license and an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), which you will need to install in your vehicle.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The drivers license reinstatement fees in Hawaii depend on the circumstances of your drivers license suspension. The required fees you may need to pay, include:

  • Reinstatement fee: $20
  • Road skills test:
    • Honolulu County: $8
    • Hawaii County: $10
  • Knowledge test:
    • Honolulu County: $2
    • Hawaii County: $1
  • Four-year driver’s license (19-24 years old): $20
  • Eight-year driver’s license (25-71 years old): $40
  • Two-year driver’s license (72 years old and older): $10

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Registration fees in Hawaii are calculated on the basis of characteristics of the vehicle and vehicle weight. Relevant state and county taxes apply. At the time of the car registration, the staff at DMV offices in your county will either use the weight document that you provide or weigh your vehicle on state-approved scales to define the fee that applies.

As registrations are renewed annually, you can later calculate the fee by using the Hawaiian online renewal system, which provides information for each of the four counties.

Still, a good base to have in mind when you make the budget for the vehicle registration in your county is the one established by Hawaii County which gives all fractions that accumulate to the registration fee:

  • Registration fee subject to taxation computed annually by vehicle weight
  • $12 vehicle disposal fee
  • $1 beautification fee
  • State weight tax:
    • Vehicles up to 4,000 pounds are 1.75 cents per pound
    • Vehicles 4,001 pounds to 7,000 pounds are 2 cents per pound
    • Vehicles 7,001 pounds up to 10,000 pounds are 2.25 cents per pound
    • Vehicles over 10,001 pounds are a flat rate of $300.
  • $45 state fee
  • $6 minimum county weight tax and prorated:
    • Passenger vehicles are 1.25 cents per pound for all weights
    • Passenger trucks up to and including 6,500 pounds are 1.25 cents per pound
    • Freight vehicles and all trucks over 6,500 pounds are 2.5 cents per pound.
  • $12 county fee
  • $5 transfer fee

Aforementioned fees can be used as guidance. Exact amounts will be communicated to you when you submit your auto registration application.

For more information: License Plates and Registration Stickers in Hawaii

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
Apart from Kauai county, each of the four Hawaiian counties has their own form for car title replacement, which states the relevant fee that applies to get the duplicate pink slip.

Costs for replacing car titles by county are as follows:

  • Honolulu County: $10
  • Hawaii County: $5
  • Maui County: $10

To inquire about costs in Kauai, contact the office in Lihue. Payments can be made in cash if you apply in person or you may submit a check or money order by mail. Credit card payment is not always acceptable.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
Honolulu

Car registration replacement fees in Honolulu vary depending on the following factors of the vehicle:

  • Location of vehicle purchase (in or out of state)
  • Place of registration
  • Vehicle type, weight and source
  • Tax rate classification
  • Type of plates you require

Hawaii

Duplicate registration fee of $5 must be paid in Hawaii County to get the car registration copy. Additional fees will apply for license plates and they depend on the type of plate you will require.

Maui

When submitting an application for a duplicate vehicle registration in Maui, make sure to take into account the following fees:

  • Duplicate registration fee: $10
  • Emblem and license plates replacement fee: $6.25
  • License plates replacement fee: $5.75
  • Emblem replacement fee: $0.50

Kauai

To prepare a payment for a car registration replacement, contact the authorized DMV office in Kauai at:

Department of Motor Vehicles

Vehicle Registration/Transfer Vehicle Title

808-241-4256

State of Hawaii District Court

License plates will be charged separately

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Renewing car registration requires that you pay county fees that are calculated in each county separately and will be communicated to you when you submit the renewal application by the responsible personnel at DMV locations. State fees also apply and are based on vehicle weight.

If you renew online, fees will be calculated at the end of your submission.

Regardless of the way you choose to apply, you will need to endure the following costs in order to renew your vehicle registration:

  • Regular registration fee calculated by weight and vehicle type
  • County tax fee
  • State tax fee
  • Administrative online payment fee
  • Penalty fee for late renewal
  • Penalty fee for returned money checks

If you want to have information about exact costs, it is recommended to phone county authorized offices in advance or check fee guidance in our new registration section.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers of three-wheeled vehicles are required to get theirmotorcycle drivers license following the same procedure that applies for riders of two-wheeled vehicles. Applicants must successfully pass all tests, obtain adequate education, and apply at relevant DMV offices to get their motorcycle drivers license.

Having in mind the differences in the construction and the maneuvering of three-wheeled vehicles practical skills tests must be adapted. Your local county DMV office will decide if they need to take you on a car test-route to test your driving skills.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The state of Hawaii does not issue a hardship license, so there are no suspensions eligible for such a drivers license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In all Hawaiian counties, drivers who want to begin with the process of getting drivers licenses need to submit a State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application along with all the required documentation and payment at any county’s local Hawaii DMV office. When applying for drivers licenses, drivers must also pass three tests including:

  • Vision test
  • Written knowledge test
  • Road skills test

If you fail the driving test, you may have to wait several days in order to re-take it. Applicants must pass the driving test in order to be issued a HI drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
All counties

Hawaii residents need to provide valid original or certified copies of the following documentation in order to apply for a learners permit:

  • Completed State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application that needs to be notarized in your county and signed by your parent or legal guardian
  • Proof of identity, legal name and date of birth:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Valid U.S. passport
  • Proof of Social Security number:
    • Medicare ID Card
    • W-2 form
    • Pay stub
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • Permanent Residence ID Card
    • Temporary Resident ID Card
    • Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization
    • Valid and unexpired US or foreign passport
  • Proof of principal residence (two documents required):
    • A current valid Hawaii driver s license
    • Vehicle registration or title
    • A current voter registration card
    • Utility bill with applicant’s name and address
    • Checking or savings account statement
    • Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer
    • Mail from a government or medical entity
  • Payment for the appropriate learners permit fee

Names must be the same on all documents, so if you have a name change and the names on your documents are not the same, you must also submit one of the following documents that verify your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Court Documents

You might be asked to submit additional documents according to the county where you live:

Hawaii

  • Original or certified copies for proof of legal presence
  • Two proofs of residential address

The instruction permit is valid for one year and allows you to drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age or older. You may renew the instruction permit 30-days prior to expiration.

Maui

If you are an applicant under 18 years old, you will need to enroll in a drivers ed program certified by the Hawaii Department of Transportation and provide the additional documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • An affidavit, signed by a parent or legal guardian

If you are an applicant between 16 and 18 years old who wants to take the road test, you have proof of the following in order to schedule an appointment for the road test:

  • Practice driving for 90 days with your learners permit
  • Earn a Driver Education Student Completion Certificate
  • Earn a Behind-the-Wheel Student Completion Certificate

Kauai

  • Acceptable Signature Filing for Minors by a parent or legal guardian

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In order to obtain your motorcycle driving license in Hawaii, you must present certain documentation including:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of legal presence
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of principal residence

A full list of documents is available on the website of the Hawaiian Department of Transportation (DOT). Many of the acceptable documents can be used as evidence for more than one of the above listed facts.

If you want to check the exact fees required to obtain a HI motorcycle drivers license, you can contact the relevant office on the telephone numbers below:

  • Honolulu County: 808-532-7730
  • Hawaii County: 808-961-2222
  • Maui County: 808-270-7363
  • Kauai County: 808-241-4242

For more information: How to Apply for Hawaii Motorcycle License

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who are applying for drivers licenses, need to provide a list of documents when visiting a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, which include:

  • Proof of identity, legal name and date of birth:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Valid US passport
  • Proof of Social Security number:
    • Social Security card
    • Medicare ID Card
    • W-2 form
    • Pay stub
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • Permanent Residence ID Card
    • Temporary Resident ID Card
    • Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization
    • Valid and unexpired US or foreign passport
  • Proof of principal residence (two documents required):
    • A current valid Hawaii driver s license
    • Vehicle registration or title
    • A current voter registration card
    • Utility bill with applicant’s name and address
    • Checking or savings account statement
    • Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer
    • Mail from a government or medical entity
  • Payment for the required drivers license fee, which vary according to the county:
    • Honolulu:
      • $20 (four-year validity) for drivers under 25 years old
      • $40 (eight-year validity) for drivers from 25 to 71 years old
      • $10 (two-year validity) for drivers above 72 years old
    • Hawaii:
      • $20 (four-year validity) for drivers from 18 to 24 years old
      • $40 (eight-year validity) for drivers from 25 to 71 years old
      • $10 (two-year validity) for drivers above 72 years old
    • Maui:
      • $20 (four-year validity) for drivers from 16 to 24 years old
      • $40 (eight-year validity) for drivers from 25 to 71 years old
      • $10 (two-year validity) for drivers above 72 years old
    • Kauai:
      • $8 for two-year validity
      • $16 for four-year validity
      • $32 for eight-year validity

Remember that certain variations of the application document format may apply as well. Additionally, names must be the same on all documents, so if you have had a name change and the names on your documents are not the same, you must also submit one of the following documents to verify your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Court Documents

Maui

In the county of Maui, you might need to present an additional Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When applying for a duplicate car title in Hawaii, you will need to present the following set of documents along with the application to get a pink slip copy for future use at your local DMV office:

State the reasons for replacement on the form and indicated liens. If the reason is damaged car title copy, you must submit the old copy along with the application.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When you apply for anofficial address change in Hawaii, you need to prove your new place of residence. To do so, you must present any two of the documents from the list below:

  • Hawaii State Identification Card
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • Voter notification postcard (yellow card) or other mail addressed to the applicant from a government or medical entity
  • Utility bill with the applicant s name and address
  • Checking or savings account statement
  • Payroll check or payroll check stub
  • Current mortgage account or proof of home ownership
  • Current property tax assessment form
  • Receipt for personal property taxes paid to a county within the State of Hawaii within the last year or property tax assessment bill or statement
  • A United States or Hawaii income tax return, W-2 or 1099 SSA benefits form from the previous year
  • Residential rental or time-share agreement for six months or more
  • Medical card issued by a health insurance agency (principal residence address must be printed on card)
  • Documentation about State of Hawaii public assistance
  • Department of Taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance that is not more than six months old
  • Current shelter agency address for homeless applicants
  • If in a shelter because of abuse, the applicant may display the address of a relative or friend or post office box number on the card
  • Applicants under a State or Federal address confidentiality program may use an alternative address on the card
  • P.O. Box numbers only if number and street name have not been assigned
  • Notarized affidavit indicating that the applicant currently resides with the affiant, provided the affiant s address can be verified

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Applicants who do not have a status of US citizens need to add additional documentation in support to the address change formsin order to prove their legal status in the country. The address change checklist for non-residents is in line with the most recent amendments to the federal law made by the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

The following documents serve as proof of legal name, date of birth and legal presence in the country:

  • DHS/USCIS I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
  • DHS/USCIS I-688 Temporary Resident Card
  • DHS/USCIS I-688B or I-766 Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Documents (if applicable, valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by an approved I-94 form)
  • U.S. Department of Receptions and Placement Program Assurance Form
  • DHS/USCIS I-797 Notice of Action

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
Honolulu

Replacing auto registration in Honolulu requires that you either mail or visit a nearby DMV location in your county and present the documents listed below:

To additionally get new license plates or emblems make sure to:

  • Present the CS-L(MVR) 3 form.
  • Return old license plates, if available.
  • Submit a payment for thelicense plates replacement fee.

New license plates are usually mailed within 60 to 90 days.

Hawaii

To complete a car registration replacement in Hawaii,follow these steps:

  1. Complete Application for Duplicate Registration Card
  2. Complete Application for Replacement of License Plates and/or Decals (if new plates are needed)
  3. Prepare $5 duplicate registration fee
  4. Present proof of identification
  5. Submit current car registration
  6. Return old plates if you have them
  7. Prepare replacement plates fee

Allow for at least 60 to 90 days to get the replacement license plates.

Maui

If your current Maui registration has been lost, mutilated or stolen, you need to apply for a car registration copy. To do so, submit the documents listed below:

Kauai

To successfully get a car registration replacementin Kauai, make sure to submit the documents from the list below to the office in Lihu or the Treasury Division:

  • Complete Form MVR 1
  • Submit current car registration
  • Return remaining plates (if they are available)
  • Submit safety inspection certificate
  • Prepare fees payment
  • Present a police report if the registration card has been lost or stolen

You should wait for about 60 to 90 days for your new registration to arrive at your mailing address given at the time of application.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
Honolulu County or Kauai County

If you live in Honolulu County or Kauai County, you must present the following documents in order to apply for car registration:

Additional documents need to be submitted if you are registering an out-of-state bought vehicle:

  • Out-of-state car registration
  • Out-of-state car title
  • Shipping document (Bill of Lading)
  • CS-L (MVR) 27 form

Pay attention that certain variations in the printed forms or the forms available online may appear in both counties. Get in touch with your nearest DMV office to confirm current forms.

Hawaii

Auto registration in Hawaii County requires that drivers collect and submit the documents below when they apply to register vehicles considering the location of vehicle origin. Slight differences are applicable for home-bought and out-of-state bought vehicles:

  • Application for Registration of Motor Vehicle
  • Safety inspection certificate
  • Out-of-state car registration
  • Out-of-state certificate of title if you are a lien holder
  • Bill of lading or shipping receipt which shows the arrival date in Hawaii County
  • Tax form G-27 for vehicles registered in previous, current or subsequent year
  • Vehicle weight certificate by the manufacturer

Maui

  • Application for Registration, Form DF-L(MVR) 1 signed by all owners
  • Conditional Letter of Acceptance if a lien is indicated
  • Safety inspection Certificate
  • Bill of lading or shipping receipt (out-of-state vehicles)
  • Out-of-state car registration (out-of-state vehicles)
  • Out-of-county certificate of title (out-of-state vehicles)
  • Vehicle weight certificate by the manufacturer (out-of-state vehicles)
What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When you renew car registration online or in person in Hawaii, you need to make sure to follow the annual renewal requirement and renew your car registration before the expiry date. Although some counties have specifics in the make of forms, they only contain simple county marks whereas the process is almost identical.

You must submit the following documents at the time of auto registration renewal:

  • Renewal application form sent to you in the reminder letter
  • Current car registration card
  • Car insurance
  • Car title if lien is indicated
  • Safety inspection certificate
  • Any additional documents specially indicated in the renewal application form
  • Check or money order with the appropriate fee
  • Clear driving record certificate

If you choose to do the renewal via county websites, you must start the process at least 45 days before the expiration date. Renewals via mail need to be initiated at least ten days before the expiration date. You must have information about your vehicle VIN number and license plates number to renew car registration online. Fees will be calculated by the system when you finish the application and may include additional administrative fee on top of the regular one.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who want to renew drivers licenses can do so either by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. If you apply to renew your drivers license in person, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • CompletedState of Hawaii Driver’s License Application
  • Proof of identity, legal name and date of birth:
    • Birth certificate
    • Valid US passport
  • Proof of Social Security number:
    • Social Security card
    • Medicare ID card
    • W-2 form
    • Pay stub
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • Permanent Residence ID Card
    • Temporary Resident ID Card
    • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization
    • Valid and unexpired US or foreign passport
  • Proof of principal residence (two documents required):
    • A current valid Hawaii drivers license
    • Vehicle registration or title
    • A current voter registration card
    • Utility bill with applicant’s name and address
    • Checking or savings account statement
    • Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer
    • Mail from a government or medical entity
  • Payment of the required drivers license renewal fee

If you have had a recent name change and the names on your documents are not the same, you must also submit one of the following documents to verify your name change:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Court documents

However, if you decide to apply by mail, you will need to go through much more complicated process. Applicants will have to send a drivers license renewal request to their county’s local Hawaii DMV office address that includes the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Hawaii driver’s license number
  • Phone number or email address
  • Mailing address
  • Signature

Honolulu

Department of Customer Services

P.O Box 30340

Honolulu, HI 96820

Fax: 808-768-3750

Hawaii

Department of Finance

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division

Driver License Section

349 Kapiolani Street

Hilo, HI 96720

Fax: 808-961-8861

Kauai

In Kauai, you need to first ensure yourself that you are eligible for renewing drivers licenses by mail by calling the Hawaii Driver License Division at 808-241-4256. If you are eligible, you can mail the drivers license renewal request to the following address:

County of Kauai

Department of Finance

Driver License Division

4444 Rice Street, Suite A480

Lihue, HI 96766

Maui

Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing

70 E. Kaahumanu Ave, Suite A-17

Kahului, HI 96732

After your Hawaii DMV office receives yourdrivers license renewal request and approves it, they will send you a drivers license renewal package which includes all the forms and instructions you need for renewing drivers license. Once you receive it, you must proceed with the following steps:

  • Complete the forms in the package:
    • Medical Report Form, completed by your doctor within six months
    • Certificate of Eye Examination, completed by your doctor within six months
    • Completed and notarized Statement of Driver’s License Possession
  • Provide proof of:
    • Identity and legal presence
    • Birth certificate
    • Valid US passport
    • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization
    • Principal address (two documents required)
    • A current valid Hawaii drivers license
    • Vehicle registration or title
    • A current voter registration card
    • Utility bill with applicant’s name and address
    • Checking or savings account statement
    • Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer
    • Mail from a government or medical entity
  • Pay the required drivers license renewal fee

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are transferring a car title to your name in Hawaii, you will need to visit your county s local DMV office and provide the following documentation:

  • Properly completed new car title
  • Original car title
  • Current car registration
  • Current safety inspection certificate
  • Non-Resident Certificate, Form CS-L(MVR) 50 for military personnel
  • Notarized Bill of Sale for purchased vehicles
  • Death certificate for inherited vehicles
  • Marriage certificate for spouses
  • Notice of Transfer form if it is not attached to the car title
  • Non-commercial vehicle certification for tax exemption
  • Letter of Authorization if organizations are involved in the transfer
  • Payment for transfer fee, registration renewal fee and late transfer fee

Applicants for car title transfer must submit all required documentation to the authorized county DMV office within 30 days of the actual transaction. It is recommended to check the current forms and fees that apply in advance, as some fees are calculated only by request and some forms are interchangeable.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Honolulu

Residents of Honolulu, who have damaged, lost or stolen drivers licenses, may apply for a duplicate drivers license by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. If you decide to apply by mail, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A letter with your request for a duplicate drivers license, which includes your:
    • Name
    • Social Security number or driver’s license number
    • Email address
    • The reason why you need a duplicate drivers license
    • Signature
  • A check or money order of $6 for the duplicate drivers license fee

If you have recently had an official name change, you will also need to provide the following documents:

Marriage Certificate

  • Divorce Decree
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Court Documents

After you prepare your documentation for a drivers license replacement, send it to the following address:

Driver License Section

P.O. Box 30340

Honolulu, HI 96820

Your duplicate drivers license will be mailed to your address as a valid-without-photo license unless the DMV has a photo and signature on file for you.

Hawaii

Residents of the county of Hawaii who have stolen, damaged or lost drivers licenses, may apply for a drivers license replacement in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Once you are there, you will need to present your drivers license in case it has been damaged. If your driver’s license has been stolen or lost and you do not have it with you, you will be required to complete the following steps:

In case that you have recently had an official name change, you will also need to provide the following documents:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Court Documents

Maui

If you are a resident of Maui County, you need to visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV officein person to apply for a drivers license replacement. Upon arrival, you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Completed State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application
  • Two proofs of identity:
    • US birth certificate
    • US passport
    • Social Security card
    • State of Hawaii ID card
    • Medicare Card
    • Military ID
    • Immigration and Naturalization Service documents
  • Payment for the $6 duplicate drivers license fee

In case that you have recently had an official name change, you will also need to provide the following documents:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Court Documents

Kauai

When drivers apply for drivers license replacements in Kauai, they are required to present two proofs of residency and pay the $7 fee for aduplicate drivers license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The first step that Hawaiian motorbike drivers need to take before they get their full motorcycle license is obtaining an instruction permit. To get a motorcycle instruction permit, drivers must successfully pass preliminary exams, which test their knowledge of the rules of the road and of highway signs, and to demonstrate their specific practical skills to safely operate a motorcycle.

The following are the tests that are stipulated by Hawaiian laws for drivers of motorbikes:

  • General driver knowledge test
  • Special motorcycle exam
  • Vision test
  • Off-street skill test for scooters

If you have previously obtained a test certificate from another state that uses MOST (Motorcycle Operator Skill Test) or ALMOST (Alternate MOST) system, the testing in Hawaii may be waived provided you get an approval from the adequate state authority.

Tests are done on your own motorcycle, which must be in proper condition with a safety inspection certificate and a liability insurance card. The Hawaii Motorcycle Operator Manual contains information about skills and road maneuvers you can practice to safely pass the tests.

For more information: Hawaii Motorcycle Drivers

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you want to get a duplicate car title in situations in which your old one has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must provide certain data to DMV offices in your county by filling appropriate forms.

Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui have prepared application forms, which you may find online and print for submission in person or by mail. Below are the applications you must submit in order to obtain a pink slip replacement in your county of residence:

Kauai County does not provide an online form to fill in and print. The relevant papers can be obtained via the office in Lihue and it is hence advisable that you call and ask about it beforehand.

When you complete the applications, you will need to present information about the vehicle make and model and provide VIN number and license number. Additionally, you must have the application notarized or provide adequate proof of identity when you submit your application.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers who have committed traffic violations and own a commercial driver’s licensemay face drivers license suspension lasting at least one year. Under federal guidelines, owners of CDL licenses must inform their employer of the traffic violation they have committed. Further violations may cost them their commercial drivers license for life. In any case,drivers must follow all court orders and pay the appointed traffic fine at the authorized MSB collection agency.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you drive a commercial vehicle in Hawaiian counties and commit a traffic violation that constitutes a behavior that is considered a DUI, this will result in suspension or revocation of your CDL license depending on the severity, the frequency and the circumstances around the offense.

These CDL license disqualifying offenses are defined as major offenses according to Hawaiian road laws and include actions such as driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance with BAC over the allowed minimum limit of 0.04 percent. The stipulated penalties include:

  • First major offense:
    • If the vehicle was not transporting hazardous materials: One-year disqualification
    • If the vehicle was transporting hazardous materials: Three-year disqualification
  • Second and separate incident of any major offense:
    • Lifetime disqualification
  • Incident after reinstatement:
    • Lifetime disqualification not eligible for reinstatement

If you want to avoid being charged with a DUI conviction study the Hawaiian CDL Manual, which contains detailed description of lawful and unlawful behaviors constituting a major offense. Harsh law violations will revoke your license for life and you will not be able to drive professionally as a driver of commercial motor vehicles.

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Hawaiian DMV offices issue duplicate car titles for stolen or lost car titles. In the event that your current car title is located after you have received a car title replacement, you are urged to properly dispose of it.

Once a car title has been declared damaged, lost or stolen, it immediately becomes invalid. You can continue to use your new car title as proof of ownership whenever it is required in transactions with official authorities.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

What information does a driving record contain?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Your Hawaii motor vehicle record (MVR) or driving record contains the following information:

  • Suspensions
  • Violations
  • Driving status
  • Points
  • Fines
  • Violation codes
  • License classification
  • Endorsements

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

What is an ID card?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Identification cards are issued to serve as evidence of personal circumstances such as legal name, date of birth and legal address. You can use your ID card in transactions with authorities when you need to submit officially recognized proof of identity.

The ID card is a voluntary document. Citizens are not obligated to get one. Whenever they need an identification document they can always use their drivers license. Still, it is necessary for persons who do not drive or for persons under 16 who have not yet become eligible for getting their driver’s permit.

It is advisable to apply for an ID card as soon as you become entitled to one. In this way you will always have a back-up option for identification if your license expires. Even young children may need one for school or travel.

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, the cost of a DUI or DWI citation depends on the number of offenses the driver has committed:

  • First offense: $150 to $1,000
  • Second offense (within five years): $500 to $1,500
  • Third offense (within five years): $500 to $2,500

A driver might also get a jail time from 48 hours to 30 days, or possible certain hours of community service.

Apart from the DUI fines, you might also face additional fees, which may include:

  • Driver’s license reinstatement fee
  • Installation costs for an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
  • Higher insurance rates
  • Fees for an alcohol or drug abuse program

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Cost of traffic tickets are stated on the traffic citation itself. The law enforcement officer will often decide on the traffic ticket price considering the severity of the offense and your previous driving record. Keep in mind that if you pay the traffic ticket, you automatically claim guilty to having committed the offense.

If you decide to contest it at court, you can ask a traffic lawyer for assistance. Having in mind the circumstances of your case, the authorized judge may further increase or decrease the cost of the ticket. If you use thepayment option at eTraffic Hawaii, you will also be charged a $25 administrative fee. Only parking tickets with fees lower than $500 can be processed online.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Hawaii

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

If you are a resident of any of the four counties in Hawaii and you want to obtain your driving record, you can do that by mail or in person at any of the District Courts in Hawaii. The cost of obtaining your driving record is $9.

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

CDL license holders in any of the four counties in Hawaii face penalties for DUI or DWI citations. There are number of violations that commercial drivers can make, including:

  • DUI of DWI
  • Having a legal alcohol limit above 0.04 percent blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • Refusing to take an alcohol test
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Using the vehicle for committing a felony

When committing any of these violations, the CDL license holder will get a one-year disqualification for a first offense. However, the second offense will bring them a lifetime disqualification. The driver may be able to begin a reinstating process only under certain conditions and after 10 years.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Minor drivers in Hawaii face stricter DUI restrictions than drivers of 21 years of age and older. Drivers under 21 years old have a legal alcohol limit of 0.02 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). If you are a minor driver in Hawaii found to be above the legal alcohol limit, you might the following DUI penalties:

  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Alcohol or drug abuse program enrollment
  • Payment of certain fines
  • Suspension or revocation of drivers license
  • Installment of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in Hawaii who own and operate motor vehicles must have a minimum amount of liability car insurance coverage, which includes:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP): $10,000
  • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance of one person: $20,000
  • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance of more people: $40,000
  • Property Damage Liability Insurance: $10,000

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When applying for a learners permit at your county’s local Hawaii DMV office, you will be asked to pass a written drivers test among other things. The test includes questions based on the following information:

  • Traffic laws
  • Traffic signs
  • Traffic rules
  • Safe driving techniques

The written drivers test consists of 30 questions. In order to pass the exam, you are required to answer at least 24 questions correctly. The passing score for a written drivers test is 80 percent or higher.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The state of Hawaii requires you to obtain a car title for scooters and motorcycles by following these steps:

  1. Present completed new car title
  2. Submit current car title
  3. Submit current car registration
  4. Provide current safety inspection certificate
  5. Provide Non-Resident Certificate, Form CS-L(MVR) 50 for military personnel
  6. Death certificate of the deceased owner
  7. Provide Bill of Sale if required
  8. Notice of Transfer form if it is not attached to the car title
  9. Non-commercial vehicle certification for tax exemption
  10. Prepare payment for transfer fee, registration renewal fee and late transfer fee if required

All documents need to be submitted at relevant DMV offices in the four counties.

Not all documents are a mandatory requirement for each transaction or county. It is recommended that you ask for the fees in advance before you collect the documents and submit the car title transfer application.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

What languages is the written test available in?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents applying for drivers licenses in Hawaii must take a written knowledge test at their local DMV office. The written knowledge exams are administered in English. In addition to English, there are 12 other languages offered for taking the written drivers test including:

  • Hawaiian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Tongan
  • Samoan
  • Tagalog
  • Ilocano
  • Spanish
  • Chuukese
  • Marshallese

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in all four counties in Hawaii who have been given a DUI or DWI citation and who have had their drivers license suspended or revoked must meet all the requirements before they begin with the process of reinstating suspended drivers licenses. Those requirements include:

  • Wait for the drivers license suspension period to end
  • Complete an alcohol or drug abuse program, if required
  • Provide payment for the applicable fine which can range from $150 to $1,500
  • Retake all the driving tests:
    • Vision test
    • Written knowledge test
    • Road test
  • Provide proof of SR22 insurance
  • Provide payment for the reinstatement fee
  • Installment of the Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

The process of reinstating suspended drivers licenses can be done at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The current address on personal documents is used for proof of residency. All situations of address changing therein need to be done within 30 days. Applicants who wish to have appropriate personal documents in Hawaii need to show proof of legal presence in the United States, which means that they are either a US citizen or have legal authorization to stay in the country.

Consequences that are related to timely correspondence or taxation may occur if you do not proceed with the official address change. All reminder notices are sent to the most recent address Hawaii DMV Offices have on file. If the address is not updated, you may miss important renewals or fail to keep track of your driving record. This can indirectly impose further penalties or harsher fines. You would also want to avoid faulty taxation that may be based on your old place of residence.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who have expired drivers licenses must renew drivers licenses either by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Drivers who fail to renew drivers licenses by the expiration date, have an opportunity to reinstate and renew their driver’s licenses within one year.

If your driver’s license has beenexpired for more than one year, you may face the penalty of having to apply for a new driving license. Another penalty you can face is that you will not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle until you have your drivers license renewed or until you apply for a new one.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

As an operator of a motor vehicle in any county in Hawaii, you need to show proof of car insurance when registering your car, whenever you are pulled over by a police officer or in the case that you have been involved in a car accident. Your car insurance company issues car insurance ID cards, as they are the most used proof of insurance. You are required to carry it in your vehicle at any time because if you are found driving without it, you may face penalties such as traffic tickets, fines, or be subject to a drivers license suspension.

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
If you live in Honolulu Count or Hawaii County

If you have recently applied for a car registration renewal in Hawaii and you have not received your stickers or registration tags, you must complete and mail the Affidavit for non-receipt of mail form. Make sure to provide data for you license plates number. Below is a list of offices in Honolulu and Hawaii where you can mail the affidavit to:

Honolulu

Satellite City Hall offices

AlaMoana Shopping Center

1450 AlaMoana Boulevard 1286

Phone 768-4300

Fort Street Mall

1000 Fort Street Mall

Phone 768-4103

Hawaii Kai

6600 Kalanianaole Highway 101

Phone 768-4800

Kalihi

1199 Dillingham Boulevard

Phone 768-4500

Kailua

1090 Keolu Drive

Phone 768-4600

Kapolei

1000 Uluohia Street

Phone 768-3400

Pearlridge Shopping Center

98-1005 Moanalua Road

Phone 768-5000

Wahiawa

330 N. Cane Street

Phone 768-4700

Waianae

85-670 Farrington Highway

Phone 768-4900

Windward City Shopping Center

45-480 Kaneohe Bay Drive C06

Phone 768-4100

Hawaii

Hilo

25 Aupuni Street

Phone 961-8351

If you live in Maui County or Kauai County

When you finish the car registration renewal in Maui or Kauai, you will get the new stickers and decals mailed to you on the current mailing address you have provided on the renewal application form. Make sure to provide the correct address to avoid missing the deadline.

In case you do not get them within a timely manner, you should immediately contact relevant offices. Aside from errors in mailing address, another reason for missing stickers may be unpaid traffic citations.

The following is a list of authorized offices you can contact to inquire about missing stickers or decals:

Maui

Maui Mall

Kahului

Phone 270-7840

Kauai

Lihue Civic Center

Kapule Building

4444 Rice Street, Suite 466

Phone 241-6577

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any county of Hawaii who have applied for a drivers license renewal by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office should receive their drivers licenses as soon as possible. Drivers who have applied for a drivers license renewal at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office will receive their license at the DMV office. Drivers who have not received their drivers license renewal in the mail within the allotted time should contact the DMV office in their county.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of the four counties in Hawaii who apply for learners permits must do so by visiting any county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Upon arrival, you must submit the needed documentation and payment for the required fee as well as take a vision examination and a written drivers test. You need to pass both of these tests in order to obtain a learners permit. In order to get prepared for the written drivers test, you are advised to take some of the online practice driving tests at Hawaii DMV Practice Test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

When you submit your CDL application in Hawaii, the first customary step you would do as an applicant is obtaining the Commercial Learner s Permit which is valid for one year and which allows for driving under supervision of a driver who works with the type of vehicle you intend to drive.

To get the instruction permit, you only need to pass the vision test with 20/40 acuity and the required knowledge tests.

When you apply to get your full CDL license, you need to complete all basic and specific skills tests, including:

  • A basic knowledge test
  • A skills test:
    • Pre-trip test
    • Skills test
    • Road test
  • An endorsement test, if applicable

If the vehicle is equipped with air brakes, you need to pass the air brakes test too. Drivers must pass all three parts of the road skills at the same appointment in the following order: pre-trip inspection test, off-road test and road test. Military personnel may be waived from the skills test if they fulfill certain conditions. Upgrades of your CDL license need to be supported with the relevant skills test. Such occasions include:

  • Adding a passenger endorsement
  • Removing a restriction
  • Changing a lower group designation to a higher group designation

For more information: Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, the required tests to get drivers licenses include the following:

  • A vision test
  • A written drivers test
  • A road test

At first, when you visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, you will be given a vision test and a written drivers test. The written knowledge test consists of about 40 questions and must be passed with a score of 80 percent or higher.

If you want to have the written exam read out loud for you by another person, you can take an oral exam instead of the written test. After you pass these exams and you pay the required fees, you will have to pass a road test, as a final part of the process of application for a drivers license.

The fees for the tests vary according to the county you live in:

Honolulu

In Honolulu, these are the fees for the required tests:

  • Road test: $8
  • Written test: $2
  • Oral test: $10

Hawaii

In the county Hawaii, these are the fees for the required tests:

  • Road test: $10
  • Written test: $1
  • Oral test: $10

Maui

In Maui, these are the fees for the required tests:

  • Road test: $10
  • Written test: $2
  • Oral test: $2

Kauai

In Kauai, these are the fees for the required tests:

  • Road test: $10
  • Written test: $2
  • Oral exam: $10

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in all four counties in Hawaii must be aware of the fact that Hawaii is a no-fault state, which means that in the misfortune of an accident, your Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will cover the payment for any injuries made on you or on your passengers. Apart from the PIP insurance, any driver in Hawaii is required to have a minimum amount of liability car insurance in order to operate motor vehicles within the state. This required auto insurance includes:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance
  • Property Damage Liability Insurance

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any of the four counties in Hawaii can visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office and apply for drivers licenses. There are different types of drivers licenses depending on your age and the type of vehicle you drive. The noncommercial drivers licenses in Hawaii, include:

  • Instruction permit
  • Provisional drivers license
  • Class 1 (Moped license)
  • Class 2 (Motorcycle license)
  • Class 3 (Driver’s license)

When you wonder which type of noncommercial drivers license you might need, you need to know that the type of your noncommercial drivers license depends on your age and type of motor vehicle you operate.

If you are under 21, you will need either the instruction permit or the provisional drivers license. If you are above 21, you can apply for a full unrestricted drivers license. If you want to ride a moped, you will need a Class 1 Moped driver’s license, or if you want to ride a motorcycle, you will need a Class 2 Motorcycle driver’s license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers of motor vehicles in any county in Hawaii who decide to operate their vehicles without getting car insurance, run the risk of facing penalties that the driver has committed in the state. Drivers found without any proof of insurance might face the following penalties:

  • Possible fines
  • Possible jail time
  • Suspension of driver’s license and car registration
  • Payment for the fee for restoration: $500
  • Proof of SR22 insurance for three years

In order to avoid these penalties, you must provide the required minimum amount of liability car insurance.

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers with a drivers license suspension in Hawaii must wait for their entire suspension period to be over in order to begin with the process of reinstating suspended drivers license. Drivers license suspensions depend on the number of offenses the driver has committed and whether or not this is the driver’s first conviction. Once the drivers license suspension period has passed, you may apply for a suspended drivers license reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

When does my car registration expire?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Vehicle registration renewal in Hawaii is done annually. Your vehicle registration will expire exactly one year after the date of issuance. You have until the expiration day to renew your car registration. If the last day is not a working day, the actual renewal must be initiated on a working day before the last that is indicated on the card.

If you want to use the online renewal option, you will get the chance to start the procedure as early as 45 days before the expiration date.

Make sure to mail the renewal application via mail at least ten days before the deadline.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

When does my ID card expire?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The Hawaiian state ID card expires eight years after its original date of issuance.

If you have applied for a temporary identification card, which can be issued with a shorter validity from one to seven years, for limited term for legal presence, you need to make sure to observe the annual renewal deadline. Pay attention to the expiry date, which should be noted on the ID card.

Identification cards, which are issued for-non-US citizens, expire on the same date when the legal stay of the non-resident in the state is over.

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, it is obligatory to let DMV Offices know of any change of address that you have made within 30 days of moving.

Although there are no direct penalties or fines from failing to act in compliance with this time frame, consequences will affectany written correspondence. Timely reminders about any renewal of documents, which are related to your vehicle, need to be sent to the correct address.

Taxes are often calculated on the basis of your place of residence and the official address change will affect taxing.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Hawaii

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In situations in which the change of ownership is done for the reasons of selling a vehicle, the Bill of Sale form needs to be completed by both the buyer and the seller. Counties of Hawaii and Honolulu offer prearranged Bill of Sale forms. Usually these forms are accepted in other counties as well. Before change of ownership, make sure to notarize the Bill of Sale and to include the following details:

  • Vehicle s model
  • Vehicle s year
  • Vehicle s make
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Your name, address and signature
  • Other party s name, address and signature
  • Odometer reading
  • Selling price

Exemptions, for which the Bill of Sale is not mandatory, include when the previous owner has released the car title certificate by using the appropriate section in the form itself and has filed it in accordance with the buyer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Hawaii

When will I need to renew my license?
The drivers licenses in Hawaii might be valid for two, four or eight years, depending on the age of the drivers in each county separately. Residents need to renew drivers licenses prior to the expiration date and this can be done either by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office.

Honolulu

In the county Honolulu, the validity of the drivers license is divided on the basis of the years of the driver:

  • Drivers under 25 years old have drivers licenses valid for four years
  • Drivers from 25 to 71 years old have drivers licenses valid for eight years
  • Drivers above 72 years old have drivers licenses valid for two years

Hawaii

In the county Hawaii, the validity of the drivers license is divided on the basis of the years of the driver:

  • Drivers from 18 to 24 years old have drivers licenses valid for four years
  • Drivers from 25 to 71 years old have drivers licenses valid for eight years
  • Drivers above 72 years old have drivers licenses valid for two years

Maui

In the county Maui, the validity of the drivers license is divided on the basis of the years of the driver:

  • Drivers from 16 to 24 years old have drivers licenses valid for four years
  • Drivers from 25 to 71 years old have drivers licenses valid for eight years
  • Drivers above 72 years old have drivers licenses valid for two years

Kauai

In the county of Kauai, drivers licenses only have three types of validity, which include:

  • Two-year validity
  • Four-year validity
  • Eight-year validity

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii dealing with a lost, damaged or stolen drivers license, need to apply for duplicate drivers license in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Honolulu County allows residents to apply for a drivers license replacement by mail, as well. After submitting the documents and the duplicate drivers license fee, drivers will receive their drivers license replacement immediately if applying in person. However, drivers out of state and applying through the mail must wait 10 days in order to receive a drivers license replacement.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Hawaii Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

To check the status of a license in Hawaii, you should contact a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. Residents may also check their drivers license status by ordering a driving record in order to view their traffic violations, view their accident history and to check their driving record points. For more information about your suspended drivers license, you can contact your county’s local Hawaii DMV office at:

Honolulu

City Square Driver License Section

Attn: Correspondence Desk

P.O. Box 30340

Honolulu, HI 96820

Hawaii

  • Phone:
    • Hilo: 808-961-2222
    • Naalehu: 808-854-7214
    • Waimea: 808-887-3087
    • West Hawaii: 808-323-4800
  • Email: vehiclerl@co.hawaii.hi.us

Maui

Kauai

  • Phone: 808-241-4256

For more information: Suspended License Information for Hawaii

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Taxation in the four Hawaiian counties is under the authority of the state Department of Taxation. The department offers various means of communication, which you can find on their website.

If you need to obtain forms or information related to car registration replacement, tax county offices for general correspondence are available at a few locations including:

Honolulu

Oahu

P.O. Box 259

Honolulu, HI 96809-0259

Hawaii

75 Aupuni Street #101

Hilo, HI 96720-4245

Maui

54 S. High Street #208

Wailuku, HI 96793-2198

Molokai

P.O. Box 275

Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Kauai

3060 Eiwa Street #105

Lihue, HI 96766-1889

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In all four counties in Hawaii, you must have an ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle you drive, if you are convicted of a DUI or DWI. An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device connected to the vehicle and requires the driver to breathe into it before starting the device. An ignition interlock device detects the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver, so whenever the concentration is above the legal alcohol limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC), the engine of the motor vehicle will not start.

If you want to go into further details about the ignition interlock device (IID), read thoroughly the Ignition Interlock in Hawaii on the official State of Hawaii Department of Transportation website.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any of the four counties in Hawaii who have received traffic ticket fines can pay them by mail, in person, by telephone or online depending on your county’s District Court. Residents have a possibility to pay traffic tickets online, but they may not be able to access their traffic fines information online depending on the county they live in. To find out whether there is online access for traffic ticket fines information, you can check the paperwork received with the ticket.

The state of Hawaii has three types of driving records you may order, which include:

  • Driver history records
  • Certified traffic abstracts
  • Traffic court reports

In these records you can find the traffic ticket information you need. To order a driving record, you must do so in person at any county’s District Court or by mail.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Hawaii

Where can I get a new drivers license?
Drivers license applications in Hawaii may not be mailed in or completed online. To apply for drivers licenses, visit a county’s local Hawaii DMV office, where you should submit an application and the required documentation along with payment for the applicable fee. After that, you will be required to pass the vision exam, road skills test and written knowledge exam. To inquire about where you can physically obtain your drivers license, contact or visit your local Hawaii DMV office.

Honolulu

Motor Vehicle, Licensing and Permits Division

Chinatown Gateway Plaza

1031 Nuuanu Avenue

Hawaii

Department of Finance

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division

Driver License Section

349 Kapiolani Street

Hilo, HI 96720

Maui

Motor Vehicle Registration & Licensing

Maui Mall Shopping Center

70 E. Kaahumanu Ave

Kahului, HI 96732

Kauai

Driver License Division

444 Rice Street. Suite A480

Lihu’e, HI 96766

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Hawaii

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

To get acar title replacement, you must submit the application request by mail to the DMV offices in your county of residence. Below is a list of addresses and contact numbers you can use to contact your local DMV:

Honolulu County

P.O. Box 30330

Honolulu, HI 96280

Phone: 808-532-4324

 

Hawaii County

101 Pauahi Street, #105

Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: 808-961-8351

Maui County

Maui Mall Shopping Center

70 E. Kaahumanu Avenue, Suite A-17

Hahului, HI 96732

Phone: 808-270-7363

Kauai County

4444 Rice Street, Suite 466

Lihue, HI 96766

Phone: 808-241-4256

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

Where can I obtain an ID card?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

ID cards are available only when you apply in person at designated DMV locations for each of the four Hawaiian counties.

Most criteria that apply to ID card are the same across the state and are available in detail in the Hawaii State Identification Card Fact Sheet.

Find the name of your county on the list below to visit the nearest location for anID card application or to obtain additional information about Hawaiian ID cards.

Honolulu

Kalihi-Kapalama

1199 Dillingham Blvd.

Driver Licensing A-101

808-532-7730

Wahiawa

330 North Cane St.

808-621-7255

Waianae 85-670 Farrington Hwy.

808-768-4222

Kapolei

1000 Ulu`ohi`a St.

808-768-3100

Koolau

47-388 HuiIwa St., Suite 19

808-239-6301

 

Hawaii

Hilo

349 Kapiolani St.

808-961-2222

Kona

74-5044 AneKeohokalole Hwy.

West Hawaii Civic Center

808-323-4800

Maui

Kahului

70 E. Kaahumanu Ave.

Suite A-17 (Maui Mall Shopping Center)

808-270-7363

Kihei

303 East Lipoa St

808-270-7363

Lahaina

900 Front St. Unit I-17

808-270-7363

Pukalani

91 Pukalani St.

(Hannibal Tavares Community Center)

808-270-7363

Hana

Hana Hwy. andUakea Rd.

(County Public Works Office)

808-248-7280

Lanai

309 Seventh St. #101

808-565-7878

Molokai

100 Ailoa St.

(Mitchell Pauole Center)

808-553-3430

 

Kauai

Lihue

4444 Rice St., Suite A-480

808-241-4242

For more information: How to Apply for a Hawaii Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The residents in Hawaii are required by a state law to insure all registered motor vehicles in order to be protected in case of a traffic accident. In Hawaii, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle that is not insured, you are required to have a minimum amount of liability car insurance, which includes:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance of one person
  • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance of more people
  • Property Damage Liability Insurance

For more information: Hawaii Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Minor residents in Hawaii, who want to obtain a learners permit, must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian when applying in person at any county’s local Hawaii DMV office. If the parent or legal guardian is not able to accompany you, they must sign and notarize your application beforehand. Licensed drivers who are at least 21 years old may accompany you to the DMV only if they have the signed and notarized application with them.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Hawaii

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of any county in Hawaii who have obtained a copy of their driving record, should check whether all the information on it is correct without any mistakes. If you believe that a recent traffic ticket or any other information is missing from your driving record, please contact your county’s local Hawaii DMV office in order to notify them. Your could either contact them by phone at 808-692-7659 or mail them a request for a revision of your driving record to the following addresses:

Honolulu

Driver Licensing Program

1199 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii

Driver Licensing Program

349 KapiolaniSt, Hilo, HI 96720

Maui

Driver Licensing Program

70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Kauai

Driver Licensing Program

4444 Rice St A480, Lihue, HI 96766

For more information: Your Hawaii Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Residents of Hawaii who need a drivers license renewal, must do that either by mail or in person at a county’s local Hawaii DMV office. When renewing drivers licenses in person, you will be required to take a vision test. Moreover, when applying by mail, you will be required to mail a number of documents and forms to the Hawaii DMV office. One of those forms is a Certificate of Eye Examination, which must be completed as a substitution of a vision test by your doctor within six months.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

No, the Hawaii DMV does not mail out drivers license renewal notices to the drivers. Instead, drivers are responsible to renew their driver’s licenses six months prior to the expiration date. Your Hawaii driver’s license will expire at midnight on the expiration date. If you fail to renew your driver’s license by the expiration date, you will have an additional 12-month period for reactivation of the driver’s license. In order to reactivate it, you will have to pay a reactivation fee and have your driver’s license renewed. However, if your driver’s license has been expired for more than one year, you will have to apply for a new one.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Hawaii

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

The state of Hawaii does not have a point system, which means that traffic ticket fines will not bring you demerit points against your drivers license. However, committing additional violations will be recorded on your driving record andmay increaseinsurance premiums. In order to clear your driving record, you are suggested toreduce the number of traffic violations you receive by practicing safe driving and trying not to commit any additional offenses.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Hawaii

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Drivers in any of the four counties in Hawaii who are assessed DUI or DWI citations face a list of penalties, including jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, license suspensions or revocations and restrictions on driving after the license suspension period is over. Additionally, drivers assessed DUI citations may be required to attend state-approved alcohol or drug abuse program, with a length of 14 hours.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Hawaii

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Completing and signing the appropriate application form is a mandatory requirement in all Hawaiian counties. Separate forms need to be submitted for the car registration copy and for replacement emblems or license plates.

Below are the two main forms that need to be submitted in each county when applying for acar registration replacement:

It is advisable to contact relevant DMV offices for the newest forms.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

In Hawaii, proof of car insurance does not need to be presented when obtaining acar title replacement. You will be asked to provide documents on which the ownership is based such as aBill of Sale, death certificate or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin. Make sure to have the adequate documents when you submit the application for new car titles.

For more information: How To: Deal with your Vehicle Registration and Titling Issues in Hawaii

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Yes. The car registration renewal system in Hawaii is organized in such a way that drivers whose registration card approaches to the expiration date get a renewal letter, which contains the renewal application form and additional instructions. Following the instructions will assist in successful completion of the auto registration renewal.

You can renew your car registration online in all four Hawaiian counties, only if there are at least 45 days to the expiration date. If you are applying for a vehicle registration renewal at least ten days before expiration, you must do so in person or by mail to catch the last day of the month and renew your car registration on time.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
The answer applies to all Hawaiian counties.

Auto registration renewal in Hawaii is completed annually from the date of issuance.

All vehicle owners must make sure to renew their car registration before the last expiration date, which should be stated on the registration card. Drivers that need to renew vehicle registration usually get a renewal letter by mail sufficiently before the calendar deadline approaches.

Still, even if they do not receive a letter, each driver is personally held responsible to keep the deadline and renew car registration each year.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Hawaii