Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our HI guide to your CDL.

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. You must meet the requirements for a Hawaii Driver’s License.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to any license office that handles the CDL Examination process. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay a $30.00 fee for your permit.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at testing stations.
  5. Pass vision screening test.
  6. There is no mandatory requirement that you take a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles but opting to enroll in such a program will help you to perform well in your knowledge exam.
  7. Take road test at your local testing station.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a Hawaii CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of legal presence and US residency. Next, pay the $30.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Hawaii Instruction Permits expire in 6 months and are valid for a year.


A Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 6 years. The cost is $30.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fees for more information.

CDL Endorsements

The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:

  • Hazardous Material (Class H).
  • Tank Vehicles (Class N).
  • Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
  • School Bus (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

The guidelines for interstate driving are not applicable for Hawaii.


Last updated on Thursday, February 15 2018.

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