Apply for a Hawaii Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
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
- Must meet requirements for a Hawaii Driver’s License.
- Must be 21 years of age and above.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call 961-8351(East Hawaii) and 327-3543 (West Hawaii) for more information.
- Provide a DOT Medical Report.
- Provide proof of identity.
- Provide proof of age.
- Provide a passport size photograph.
- Provide proof of legal presence.
- Provide proof of Hawaii residency.
- Provide your Social security number.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- You must meet the requirements for a Hawaii Driver’s License.
- 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.
- Pay a $30.00 fee for your permit.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at testing stations.
- Pass vision screening test.
- 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.
- Take road test at your local testing station.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
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.
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.
- If you already have a CDL, see CDL renewal.
- For more information regarding test centers and hours and locations see specified offices.
- See Hawaii’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.