A motorcycle license in Hawaii is a credential that authorizes a rider to operate motorbikes on public roads within the state. Motorists need to meet a set of motorcycle driver’s license requirements that are determined by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HI DOT). To apply for a license, riders must contact a local HI DOT branch in their county of residence. The application process may vary from county to county. Applicants may be required to pass mandatory DOT tests and pay a certain fee for their Class 2 motorbike credential. Moped operators may be required to request a Category 1 license. Find more information about the process by reading the following sections.

Motorcycle License Requirements in Hawaii

Prior to applying for a Hawaii motorbike driving license, riders must make sure to satisfy certain eligibility requirements set by the HI DOT. Motorists need to meet the following requirements:

  • Provide proof of identity, such as date of birth, social security number (SSN).
  • Provide proof of legal name.
  • Provide proof of legal U.S. presence and state residency.
  • Meet the minimum DMV vision requirements and pass the theoretical and practical driving exams.
  • Hold a permit and keep a clean driving record.
  • Provide proof of motorcycle insurance.

Motorists who are younger than 18 years of age and who want to obtain a license are required to take driving lessons at a DOT-certified driver’s education program.

Note: Riders who hold a regular driver’s license may be required to take only the motorcycle written exam, as they have already passed the driver knowledge test.

Hawaii Motorcycle License Training Courses

To get a motorcycle license in Hawaii, applicants may be able to obtain a credential only after they meet the set requirements and complete a DOT-certified Basic Rider Course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Applicants who obtain a course certification of completion may be exempt from taking the road skills test, regardless of their age. Prior to getting your motorcycle license in Hawaii, make sure to contact a local HI DOT branch office for a list of available training sites in your county of residence.

Note: Applicants who are under 18 years old may also be required to complete a motorbike safety course prior to submitting their request for a new credential. When applying, certain county DOT offices may also ask for the submission of an affidavit signed by the minor applicant’s parent or legal guardian.

Hawaii Motorcycle License Tests

Taking and passing the HI DOT examinations is part of the requirements that applicants need to meet in order to get a credential for operating a motorbike on public roads. Motorists who want to apply for a license will first be required to pass a driver knowledge exam, a motorcycle riding test and a vision examination. To prepare for the exams needed for a license, motorists are encouraged to read through the Motorcycle Operator Manual. Individuals will get a learner’s permit valid for up to 1 year after successful completion of the knowledge exam and the vision test.

The Hawaii Motorcycle License Application Process

Riders may apply for a full bike license in Hawaii through a local HI DOT office. The application procedure for a full bike license may differ based on several factors, such as the applicant’s age and the county’s DOT regulations. Prior to requesting an unrestricted license, riders may be able to obtain a license for a motorcycle by performing the following steps:

  • Submit an application.
  • Provide the required documentation.
  • Pass the mandatory DOT tests.
  • Pay the applicable fees.

Those younger than 18 years of age will be required to hold their permit for 90 days and enroll in a motorcycle safety course prior to applying for a full license.

Note: Riders who fail to pass the riding skills test during the validity of their permit will be required to wait for three months before reapplying as new applicants.

Hawaii Motorcycle License Fees

The HI motorcycle license cost may vary from county to county and may be subject to change without notice. For instance, the Honolulu DOT requires a payment of $2 for the written motorcycle exam and $5 for a new permit. The written test in the County of Hawaii costs $1, plus an additional $10 for the motorcycle instruction permit. Applicants may also be required to provide payment for a motorcycle safety course or a road skills examination.

Prior to visiting a HI DOT to apply, contact your local DOT office for detailed information about all applicable fees within your county of residence.

Last updated on Thursday, September 27 2018.

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