How to Apply for a New Identification Card in Hawaii
Hawaii state ID offers official, legally verified identification, and benefits non-drivers. IDs are available to residents 10 years of age and older. They are suitable for minors, individuals who cannot, or do not, drive and motorists who have temporarily or permanently lost their licenses. ID cards may be used for all of the same purposes as licenses, outside of operating a motor vehicle. This includes proving identity for any legal purpose and accessing age-restricted activities and places.
The DMV offers two forms of ID. REAL ID-compliant “gold star” cards meet all federal REAL ID Act standards, and will continue to offer bearers access to domestic flights and federal facilities after the new regulations go into effect in October 2020. “Standard” IDs, while good for all other uses, will cease to offer those specific benefits when the new rules go into effect.
Hawaii DMV ID Requirements
Hawaii identification card applicants must submit documents proving certain information when submitting their applications. This includes proof of:
- Full legal name.
- Date of birth.
- Social Security Number.
- Citizenship or other legal presence in the United States.
- Proof of Hawaii residence.
DMV state ID requirements also dictate that applicants must be at least 10 years of age to obtain cards. Applications for cardholders between 10 and 13 years of age must be made by the minor’s parents or guardians, on his or her behalf. Similarly, custodial parties may submit applications for ID on behalf of incapacitated or incompetent persons, via the correct affidavits.
All applications must be submitted in person, to participating DMV drivers licensing service centers.
What do you need to get an ID in Hawaii?
Applicants must submit originals or certified copies of legal documents when applying for the Hawaii DMV ID card. Photocopies and other unofficial documents will not be accepted. Documents required for state ID to prove one’s name, identity and birth date include any one of the following:
- A certified U.S. birth certificate, a birth ID card or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- A valid and unexpired U.S. Passport
- An unexpired drivers license, permit or ID from Hawaii or another U.S. state or territory
- Military ID cards and Military-issued certificates of birth
- A valid and unexpired Employment Authorization document
- A valid, foreign passport with accompanying visa and an I-94 form
- A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
- A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
- A Permanent Resident card, issued after 1997
- An unexpired Temporary Resident identification card
- A valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential
Applicants for government issued ID who have changed their names from the way they appear on the documents they are presenting must also furnish legal evidence of that name change. For example, this might include a birth certificate and a marriage license linking their birth names to their married names. Alternatively, a formerly married resident might submit his or her passport, along with a divorce degree, showing a subsequent name change. DMV state ID applicants whose names have changed more than once must have documents showing the full legal progression. Adoption records and court orders are also acceptable proofs of name change.
Hawaii non-driver ID applicants may submit proof of Social Security Number in the form of a/an:
- Social Security card.
- SSA-1099 form issued with a year.
- Non-SSA-1099 form issued with a year.
- W-2 form or 1099R from within the last year showing the applicant’s full SSN.
- Medicare ID Card.
- Paystubs showing applicant’s name and Social Security Number.
- Military ID Card or DD-214 (so long as applicant’s SSN is shown).
Unless citizenship has already been proven through the documents above (e.g. birth certificates or passports), DMV identification card applicants will need to provide proof of legal presence in the United States via a/an:
- Unexpired Employment Authorization document.
- Unexpired foreign passport with U.S. visa and an I-94 form.
- S. Certificate of Naturalization.
- S. Certificate of Citizenship.
- Permanent Resident Card, issued since 1997.
- Temporary Resident identification card.
- TSA Transportation Worker identification credentials.
- I-571 Refugee Travel Document.
- I-797 Notice of Action.
- S. Department of Receptions and Placement Program Assurance Form.
DMV new ID applicants must supply two proofs of residency from different sources showing a physical address. Options include, but are not limited to:
- Vehicle title or car registration
- Drivers licenses.
- Voter registration
- Utility bills.
- Bank statements.
- Mortgage, rental or lease documents (signed).
- W-2 or 1099 forms.
- Tax returns.
- Public assistance program statements.
- Affidavits from homeless or transitional housing providers.
- Spouse or parent affidavits.
All applicants will also need to pay a DMV ID card fee at the time of application.
How to Get an ID in Hawaii
When it comes to where to get state ID in Hawaii, applicants should note that that they cannot get ID online. All applications must be completed in person, at participating DMV centers. Not all centers issue IDs. Appointments are not required, but generally afford speedier service.
Before applicants got to the DMV to get ID, they should review what documents they need, and collect them. They may make an appointment if they wish, but doing so is not necessary. Upon arriving at the DMV, applicants will submit their documents, and have their photographs taken. They will then pay the appropriate fees and wait to receive their new documents by mail, which may take up to eight weeks.
REAL ID Cards in Hawaii
Hawaii “gold star” IDs are the state’s form of REAL ID card offered to qualifying residents. These cards are fully compliant with federal REAL ID Act standards. When new national regulations go into effect in October 2020, these cards will still entitle bearers to access federal facilities and board domestic flights.
Non-compliant IDs remain available upon request, but will cease to offer the above benefits when the new regulations apply. Holders will need additional documentation to board flights or enter federal buildings, such as their birth certificates or passports.
How to Renew or Replace a State ID in Hawaii
Hawaii residents must request replacement ID cards in person, at participating DMV service centers. Likewise, most ID renewals must also be processed in person. Applicants 80 years of age or older may qualify to renew by mail.
DMV ID Costs in Hawaii
Hawaii DMV ID costs are based on the duration of an ID, rather than in applicant age. Standard costs are as follows:
- New one-year ID: $5
- New eight-ear ID: $40
- One-year ID renewal: $5
- Eight-year ID renewal: $40
- Duplicate or replacement ID: $6
Hawaii Identification Card Forms
- Hawai’i State Identification Card Application
- Affidavit for Incapacitated Individual
- Affidavit for Proof of Residency
Note: DMV forms change regularly. The forms provided above are current based on the date of writing.
- General Information from Hawaiicounty.gov
- List of Acceptable Documents from Hawaiicounty.gov
- State Identification Card Information and Requirement from Honolulu.gov