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NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Hawaii driver's license:
- Applicants must be 16 years or older.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests, and be fingerprinted and photographed. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification and social security number.
New residents holding a driver's license from another state can legally drive in Hawaii for as long as their out-of-state license is valid. A new resident who wants to apply for a Hawaii license may need to pass the written exam, vision test and be fingerprinted. The driving test may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification and social security number.
Non-US citizens residing in Hawaii may apply for a Hawaii driver's license without providing proof of legal presence or residency in the State. A foreign national can drive in Hawaii with a valid license issued by the home country along with an International Driving Permit.
The validity of a Hawaii driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
- For drivers below 21, the license is valid for four years, after which it may be renewed.
- For drivers between 21 and 71, the driver's license is valid for six years.
- Driver's licenses for those 72 and older are valid for two years.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Hawaii with a learner's license. See more information on the graduated driver licenses here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's License, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Hawaii.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.