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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Hawaii

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Hawaii residents can apply for drivers licenses to operate vehicles throughout the state. New drivers licenses can be acquired at any driver license service center in the state of Hawaii. Residents qualify for driving licenses at 15-and-a-half years of age. However, applicants must pass the written, vision and road skills tests in order to obtain a license to drive in Hawaii.

Did you know? By taking our practice driving test you will dramatically increase your chances of passing the HI DMV written test on the first try.

How to Apply for a Hawaii Driver's License:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Visit an HI Driver Licensing office location.
  • Present a valid instruction permit.
  • Present the required identification documentation, including proof of parental consent if younger than 18 years of age.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pass the road test.
  • Pay the applicable fees.

Navigate below for more information on getting drivers licenses in Hawaii.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Hawaii

The Hawaii DMV issues a variety of driving licenses through the Department of Finance. See below to find out which type of drivers license to drive for which you qualify:

  • Instruction permit - A learning license that is issued to first-time drivers beginning at 15 and a half years of age.
  • Provisional license - A restricted drivers license issued to applicants younger than 18 years of age prior to qualifying for a class 3 driving license.
  • Moped license (Class 1) - Issued to drivers who plan to operate a moped on state highways.
  • Motorcycle license (Class 2) - Issued to drivers who plan to operate a motorcycle on state highways.
  • Driver's license (Class 3) - Issued to drivers 17 years of age and older. Drivers younger than 18 years of age must adhere to the requirements of the Graduated Driver Licensing program before receiving this credential.
  • Larger vehicle license (Class 4) - Issued to drivers of vehicles with a GVWR between 18,001 and 26,000 pounds.
  • Commercial drivers license (Class A, B, C) - Issued to applicants 21 years of age and older for the operation of commercial motor vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Hawaii

Hawaii new drivers license applicants must first obtain an instruction permit for driving, regardless of age. First-time drivers younger than 18 years of age must, however, follow a set of guidelines set by the Graduated Driver Licensing program in order to obtain their learners permit, and eventually their Class 3 drivers license. Getting a driving permit also requires applicants to pass the vision screening, a written exam and a road test.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Hawaii New Drivers (Over 18)

New drivers license applicants in Hawaii must first obtain an instruction permit prior to taking the drivers license road test. Getting a driving permit involves passing a written drivers test, as well as a vision screening.

HI Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Taking a practice test can save you valuable time when preparing for your HI written drivers exam. Our Hawaii practice permit test delivers questions and answers comparable to what you will find on the actual DMV drivers test. Get a copy of our guide to help you score your best on the 30-question written knowledge test.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in HI

To get drivers licenses in Hawaii, residents must visit a driver licensing office. Driving applicants must bring the following types of documentation:

  • A valid HI instruction permit.
  • Proof of name and date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of Hawaii residency.

HI Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a Hawaii license to drive, you will need to be at least 17 years of age. Minors must have completed the Graduated Driver License program requirements, including getting a provisional drivers license. Adult drivers license applicants must have been first issued an instruction permit for driving before taking their road test.

HI Written/Driving Test

A passing score on the 30-question Hawaii written drivers exam is one of the first steps to qualify for a license to drive. Take a practice driving test to successfully prepare for the written portion of the Hawaii drivers license test. Our learners permit practice test contains questions similar to those you will see on actual test day.

HI Driving Test

Hawaii instruction permit holders must demonstrate their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in order to qualify for a drivers license. The road test will measure how well you perform the following types of operations:

  • Parallel park.
  • Turn, start and stop.
  • Start on a slight grade.

As a component of the driving test, the examiner will check to make sure that your vehicle is in safe operating condition. You must provide proof of no-fault auto insurance and an up-to-date safety inspection certificate in order to proceed with the road test.

New Hawaii Resident

Current drivers license holders who have recently established residency in Hawaii must obtain an in-state credential. To transfer your out-of-state driving license, you must pass a vision screening and present the following documentation at a HI DMV office:

  • A completed driver's license application.
  • A valid and unexpired out-of-state drivers license.
  • Your original Social Security card.
  • Proof of your legal presence.
  • Two proofs of your Hawaii residence.

Along with getting drivers licenses, new Hawaii residents must also obtain a vehicle registration for their newly purchased vehicle. You must also register any vehicles that were brought onto the island from another state. All motor vehicles registered in the state must first pass a yearly safety inspection. These periodic VIN inspections are conducted at the following types of business throughout Hawaii:

  • Car dealerships.
  • Auto service stations.
  • Vehicle repair shops.

Replace Driver's License in Hawaii

In the event of a lost drivers license, visit a driver license office near you to obtain a replacement drivers license. Hawaii duplicate licenses are also available to drivers who have recently changed their names or addresses. Driving applicants must show the appropriate forms of identification to obtain a DMV duplicate license. For more information on how to replace drivers licenses in Hawaii, click here.

Locate a DMV in Hawaii

Locate a driver licensing station by visiting our HI DMV location page. Hawaii driving and motor vehicle licensing services are administered by the county in which the applicant resides. Find out which location offers the service you seek, in addition to viewing its street address and telephone number, by clicking on the branch listing.