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How to Renew a Driver's License in Hawaii

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Hawaii Drivers License Renewal

Renewing drivers licenses in Hawaii is mandatory for residents who want to continue operating motor vehicles legally on public roads within the state. Since Hawaii is divided into four counties, residents need to contact their county's DMV office in order to renew drivers licenses. The Hawaii DMV allows you to apply for a drivers license renewal in person and by mail. Drivers who want to renew their drivers licenses in HI before they expire can begin with the process six months beforehand. Continue reading the sections below in order to find out more information about how to renew drivers licenses in each Hawaiian county.

How to Renew Your HI Driver's License



Renew Hawaii Drivers License

Note: The expiration date can be found on the front of the driver's license card, right next to the date of birth of the driver.


Drivers in Hawaii can renew their drivers licenses either by mail or in person at the nearest DMV office. The Hawaii DMV has set certain requirements that all drivers license renewal applicants must fulfill in order to get their licenses renewed. One of those requirements includes passing a vision test before renewing HI drivers licenses. You might also be required to pass a road test in order to renew your drivers license, for which you will have to present in person. Drivers who are renewing drivers licenses in Hawaii by mail two times in a row, will have to show up in person on the third renewal.

Fees

The Hawaii driving license renewal fee varies depending on the county where you live. The HI DMV accepts payments made in cash, with checks or money orders. Credit and debit cards are accepted only in Honolulu and Maui County.

Hawaii County

The fees for a drivers license renewal in Hawaii County are determined according to the age of the applicant:

  • $5 for one-year license renewal.
  • $10 for two-year license renewal (drivers who are at least 72 years of age).
  • $20 for four-year license renewal (drivers from 18 to 24 years of age).
  • $40 for eight-year license renewal (drivers from 25 to 71 years of age).

Honolulu County

Drivers in Honolulu County will have to pay the following driving license renewal fees:

  • $10 for two-year license renewal (drivers who are at least 72 years of age).
  • $20 for four-year license renewal (drivers who are 25 years of age).
  • $40 for eight-year license renewal (drivers from 25 to 71 years of age).

Maui County

The drivers in Maui County have to pay different fees to renew their drivers licenses, depending on the age of the applicants and the length of validity of the drivers licenses:

  • $10 for two-year license renewal (drivers who are at least 72 years of age).
  • $20 for four-year license renewal (drivers from 16 to 24 years of age).
  • $40 for eight-year license renewal (drivers from 25 to 71 years of age).

Kauai County

The driving license renewal fees in Kauai County vary depending on the years of validity of the drivers licenses:

  • $8 for two-year drivers licenses.
  • $16 for four-year drivers licenses.
  • $32 for eight-year drivers licenses.

When to Renew Your Hawaii Driver's License

Drivers can renew their drivers licenses in the period of six months prior to the expiration date. Those who let their HI drivers licenses expire for not more than one year will need to start a Hawaii drivers license renewal process. If you renew your drivers license within a 90-day period after the expiration date, you will be able to reactivate your license by paying a $5 fee for every 30 days you let your license expire. Therefore, be mindful of the expiration date on your drivers license and make sure that you renew it within six months before it expires.

Expired License

Reactivating an expired license in Hawaii within a period of 90 days requires paying a reactivation fee of $5 for every 30 days it has been expired. In addition to the reactivation fee, you will also be required to pay a driving license renewal fee once you reactivate your license. Drivers who renew their drivers licenses within one year of the expiration date will be required to take and pass a vision test.

Requirements To Renew A Hawaii License

Drivers who want to renew HI drivers licenses need to fulfill certain requirements set by the Hawaii DMV. Drivers license renewals may be submitted at any DMV office in all four Hawaiian counties either six months prior to the expiration date or in a one-year period after it. Drivers are required to pass a vision test in order to renew their drivers licenses. In addition to the vision exam, drivers may or may not be also required to take a road test before renewing their drivers licenses.

Renewing Your HI Drivers License In-Person

When renewing your drivers license in person at the nearest HI DMV office, you will have to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Complete a Driver's License Application.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Provide payment for the required renewal fee.
  • Provide proof of:
    • Legal name and date of birth.
    • Social Security Number.
    • Legal presence or U.S. citizenship.
    • Address of principal residence (two documents).

Drivers may also be required to have their photo and fingerprints taken, depending on the DMV in your county. Contact your local DMV office prior to applying for a Hawaii drivers license renewal process in order to find out all information concerning your specific situation.

Note: The HI DMV does not accept copies of your documents. Therefore, you will have to provide either originals or certified copies to renew your drivers license.

HI Drivers License Renewal By Mail

Drivers who want to renew Hawaii drivers licenses while out of the state need to complete certain requirements set by the HI DMV. As a first step, you will have to submit a drivers license renewal request containing the following information:

  • Your full name.
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your current driver's license number.
  • Your phone number or email address.
  • Your mailing address.
  • Your signature.

Mail the completed request to the DMV in your Hawaiian county. Afterwards, the HI DMV will send you a package with instructions to follow:

  • Have a doctor complete the forms:
    • Medical Report form.
    • Certificate of Eye Examination.
  • Provide proof of identity and legal presence.
  • Provide two proofs of principal address.
  • Submit payment for the renewal fee.

Note: Drivers are allowed to renew their drivers licenses only two times in a row. Thereafter, they must show up in person at the HI DMV office.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

Renewing drivers licenses in Hawaii is available to active military members who are stationed out of state and who need to apply for a drivers license renewal process. Both the members of the military personnel as well as their spouse or dependent have the option to renew their drivers licenses by mail, just like any other driver who is temporarily out of the state. If you are a military member who wants to maintain the driving privileges even though you are not present in the state, then you will have to complete a drivers license renewal request with personal information and mail it to the Hawaii DMV.

Drivers License Extensions

Military members who are unable to renew their drivers licenses when out of state on duty may request a drivers license extension from the Hawaii DMV. The extension card will allow military members to extend the validity of their drivers licenses for 90 days after they return to Hawaii. Military personnel may appear in person at their local Hawaii DMV office in order to apply for a driver's license extension. Simply submit a copy of orders or a letter you're your commanding officer.

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