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The Drivers License section is responsible for a number of programs. We issue new and renewal licenses for drivers of all motor vehicles. We also issue disabled persons placards for parking, and taxi operator permits. This department is also responsible for the Commercial Driver License Program's testing and licensing. State of Hawaii Identification Cards (SID) are issued from this office too.

 

* Required Documents for Driver License / SID Renewals, Out of State Transfers and new Learner's Permits:

  •  Proof of Social Security Number: SS Card, W-2 or 1099 Tax form, Medicare card or paystub with the complete SS#
  • Legal Presence Document: Valid U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card or U.S. Birth Certificate, Foreign Passport with U.S. Immigration Admittance Documents, Naturalization Certificate, Permanent Residence Card, etc.  (Original or Certified Copy Only)
  • Name Change: Name change trail must be shown from birth name to current name. Marriage Certificate, Legal Name Change Document, Divorce Decree, etc. (Original or Certified Copy Only).
  • Note:  Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted. Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

     
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Monday - Friday (except Holidays)
7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 -Last Written Examination Given At 3:30 pm.

        (Permits & Out of State Transfers)

 -Commercial Driver License (CDL) Test Are From 8 am to 3 pm.

 -Taxi Driver's Test Are From 9 am to 3 pm.

 

*** CASH, CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ONLY. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS. *** 

     
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County of Kaua‘i

Department of Finance

Driver License Division

4444 Rice Street, Suite A480

Līhu‘e, HI 96766

808-241-4242

 

 

 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): 

                    (808) 241-4256

State of Hawaii District Court (Tickets/Abstract):

                    (808) 482-2355

 

     
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 TitleSize (Kb)Description
Driver License Application71.80Application for Hawaii Driver License and Learner's Permit.
State ID Application535.84Application for State of Hawaii Identification Cards
CDL Medical Certification Form UnknownState of Hawaii DOT Medical Certificate for CDL Applicants
DCAB PLACARDS UnknownApplication for the State of Hawai'i Disability Parking Permits (PLACARDS)
     
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Driver License / Learners Permit Requirements For All Applicants
(New, Renewals and Duplicate Licenses and Instruction Permits) 

a.      Acceptable Signature Filing for Minors

1.       Both parents (married, separated or divorced with joint custody).

2.       Divorced parent with custody papers.

3.        One parent, spouse deceased.

4.        Legal guardian(s) with Court Documents.

5.       Foster parents with Court Documents.

6.       Responsible person(s), if parents deceased.

7.       Employer, if parents deceased and no responsible person(s).

Note: For minor applicants between the ages of 15.5 through 17, an original or a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate is required to establish proof of age and to determine who may sign the parental consent.

b.      Acceptable Documents for Proof of Date of Birth 

    1. U.S. State, Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.
    2. State of Hawaii ID Card with photo.
    3. Other U.S. State or U.S. Territory valid and unexpired driver license, Photo Learner's Permit or identification card, provided the name, Date of Birth (DOB) or SSN matches other submitted verification documents.
    4. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
    5. Military Documents:  ID card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents. DOD Common Access Card/U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card must contain photo, name and DOB.
    6. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    7. Valid and unexpired Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997.
    8. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    9. Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.
    10. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    11. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    12. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card

      Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.   Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.

c.    Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Name 
NOTE: If your name has changed on your current driver's license, see Acceptable Documents – Legal Name Change

    1. U.S. State, Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.
    2. State of Hawaii ID Card with photo.
    3. Other U.S. State or U.S. Territory valid and unexpired driver license, Photo Learner's Permit or identification card, provided the name matches other submitted verification documents.
    4. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
    5. Military Documents:  ID Card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID Card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents. DOD Common Access Card/U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card must contain photo, name and DOB
    6. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    7. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    8. Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.
    9. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    10. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    11. Valid Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
    12. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card
    13. Valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential
    14. Court Order for Name Change/Adoption/Divorce
    15. Marriage Certificate (Government Issued)

Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.   Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.  See  List of Acceptable Documents – Legal Name Change. 

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Name Change:

    1. Court Order for Name Change / Adoption / Divorce - no others (Legal Name / DOB / Court Seal required to accept the order.
    2. Marriage Certificate (Government Issued).
    3. Certified decree of name change from the State of Hawaii Lieutenant Governor's Office.
    4. Naturalization Certificate.

Note:  Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

 

d.     Acceptable Documents for Proof of Social Security Number

    1. Original Social Security Card (no copies or metal plates).
    2. State/U.S. Territory Issued Driver’s License / ID / Photo Learner’s Permit with Social Security Number, name and photo.
    3. Military Documents:  ID Card or DD-214, provided the Social Security Number is printed on the document.  Original or certified copies of DD-214.
    4. Medicare ID Card (Suffix A, M, T or TA only – indicates Social Security Number for the person named on the card).
    5. Wage and Tax Statement Form W-2 or 1099R, provided the Social Security Number is printed on the document.  Original or certified copy.
    6. SSA-1099 form, from a previous year.  Original or certified copy.
    7. Non SSA-1099 form, from a previous year.  Original or certified copy.
    8. A pay stub with the applicant’s name and Social Security Number printed.  Original or certified copy.

Note:  Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.  See  Acceptable Documents for Change of Name.

 

e.       Acceptable Documents for Proof of Military Exemption

    1. Military documents: Copy of military deployment orders showing the date of return to the U.S., duration, and place of deployment.
    2. Other military documents acceptable to the examiner of drivers.

ALL COPIED DOCUMENTS MUST BE CERTIFIED

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Presence

 

    1. U.S. State, Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card. 
    2. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
    3. Military Documents:  US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  
    4. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    5. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    6. Valid and unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.  Appropriate immigration document(s) determine legal presence, not the passport itself.
    7. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    8. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    9. Valid Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
    10. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card
    11. Valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential
    12. Valid I-571 Refugee Travel Document
    13. Valid I-797 Notice of Action
    14. Valid US Department of Receptions and Placement Program Assurance Form (Refugee)

Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

 

*** A List of Acceptable Documents Located At: 

        http://hawaii.gov/dot/hawaiis-legal-presence-law

 

f.          Proof of legal presence will NOT be required from:

·         Applicants applying for a duplicate Hawaii driver’s license or permit.

 

 g.         Temporary Legal Length of Stay - Limited Duration Driver’s Licenses or Permits

·         Persons who are authorized by the federal government to be present temporarily in the U.S. will be issued limited duration driver's licenses or permits.

 

  h.        Driver's License and Instruction Permit Fees
          (subject to change)

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Written Test

$2.00

Oral Test

$10.00 

Instruction Permit

$10.00

Instruction Permit Renewal

$10.00

Duplicate Instruction Permit

$7.00

Duplicate License

$7.00

Two-Year License

$8.00

Four-Year License

$16.00

Eight-Year License

$32.00

Reactivation Fee (Renewal after 90-day grace period)

$5.00 per 30-day period

Road Test Fee

$10.00

Provisional License

$4.00 per year

Verification of License Status

$5.00 

Electronic Verification of Lawful Status

$1.00

 

*** CASH, CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ONLY. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS. *** 

 

 

i.        Number of Driver's Licenses

 

You must surrender all valid driver's licenses in your possession in order to obtain a State of Hawaii driver's license. No driver is permitted to hold more than one valid driver's license at any time.

 

j.        Ineligibility

You will not be issued a driver's license, if:

1.       your license has been suspended or revoked by a court of law;

2.       you have failed to pass the required driver's examination;

3.       you have not deposited proof of financial responsibility (such as an auto liability
insurance policy, surety bond, etc.) if State law for this responsibility applies to you;

4.       the examiner of drivers has good cause to believe that you would not be able to operate a motor vehicle safely upon the highways by reason of physical or mental disability, a Medical Report Form may be required;

5.       you are under the age of 16 years;

6.       you are 16 through 17 years of age, and do not have parental consent;

7.       you have a traffic violation which is unsatisfied or is pending a court hearing;

8.       you do not have a valid Hawaii Instruction Permit or a valid driver's license from another U.S. jurisdiction.

9.       there is a stopper on the National Drivers Registry's Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).

 

Special Requirements

 

  1. Minor (ages 15 ½ through 17) Applicants

 

    1. Permit applications by minors must be signed by both parents or, when applicable, by the certified custodial parent, certified custodial guardian, or certified foster parents. (Only original or certified copies of court documents are acceptable.)

 

    1. The spouse (who is an adult) of a minor applicant may sign the license application with proof of age and certified copy of the marriage certificate.

 

    1. Minors who are legally emancipated may sign license applications upon presentation of the certified court document which granted emancipation.

 

    1. New licenses will expire on your fourth birthday following the date of issue.

 

    1. Effective January 1, 2001, the minimum age to acquire a permit is 15 ½ and the minimum age to acquire a license is 16. Minors between the ages of 16 through 17 must pass and present certificates of completion of mandatory driver education and behind the wheel training from a DOT authorized instructor, before securing a Road Test. 


Graduated Driver License Program (GDL)

ATTENTION TO ALL MINOR APPLICANTS, THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THE LAW MAY AFFECT YOU IN OBTAINING YOUR DRIVER LICENSE

 The State of Hawaii will initiate a new Graduated Driver License Program (GDL), pursuant to Act 72, 2005 Hawaii State Legislature. Changes to the current licensing procedures are being implemented to comply with this new law. Click here to go to the State of Hawaii Website to view the GDL brochure.

 

Effective January 9, 2006:

    1.      Effective January 9, 2006: The minimum age to obtain an Instruction Permit  remains at 15 ½ years of age.  A Provisional License may be issued at the age of 16.  At the age of 17 a Driver License may be issued.  Applicants between the ages of 15 ½ and 17 years of age must possess a valid Hawaii Instruction Permit for a period of 180 days and must be accompanied by a licensed driver of at least 21 years of age or older while operating a vehicle.  Applicants must not have any pending violations that may result in suspension or revocation of either the Instruction Permit or Provisional License.  To obtain a Driver License at 17 years of age, you must have held a Provisional License for a period of six months.  Upon reaching the age of 18 years, you have until your 19th birthday in which to convert your Provisional License to a Driver License. Failure to do so will subject you to be processed as a new applicant (written test for learners permit & road test).

 

 Adult (ages 18 through 24) Applicants

    1.  New licenses and renewals will expire on your fourth birthday following the date of issue.

 

 Adult (ages 25 through 71) Applicants

    1. New licenses and renewals will expire on your eighth birthday following the date of issue. 

 

Senior (ages 72 or older) Applicants

    1. New licenses and renewals will expire on your second birthday following the date of issue.

 

 Instruction Permit Applicants

    1. You may apply for a temporary instruction permit if, except for a lack on instruction in operating a motor vehicle, you would otherwise be qualified to obtain a driver's license.
    2. You must obtain an Instruction Permit as a first step to qualify for a new driver's license.

 

  1. The examiner of drivers shall test your:
    1. eyesight and determine if you possess the physical and mental capabilities to safely operate a motor vehicle; 
    2. understanding of highway signs regulating, warning and directing traffic;
    3. knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances, or regulations of the State and City and County of Honolulu.

 

  1. If the examiner of drivers is satisfied that you are qualified to receive an instruction permit, the examiner of drivers shall issue the permit to you. The permit is valid for a period of one year. Permits may NOT be renewed by mail.  

 

  1. Except when operating a motorcycle, or moped, you shall be accompanied by a person 21 years of age or older who is licensed to operate the category of motor vehicle being operated. The licensed person shall occupy a seat as near to you as is practical while the motor vehicle is being operated.

 

  1. The motorcycle instruction permit does not allow you to operate a motorcycle or moped during the hours of darkness or carry any passenger.

 

  1. Your motorcycle or moped instruction permit may not be renewed nor shall you be issued another motorcycle or moped instruction permit until you attempt the motorcycle skills exam. A 90 day wait period is required before retaking the written test for a motorcycle learners permit.
     
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State of Hawaii Identification Card General Information

 

 

Term: 

 

                 Resident – Expire on the eight birthday after year of issuance

                 Legal Nonimmigrant – Expire on the same date as the expiration of legal stay

 

Fees

 

                  Initial and Renewal - $20 - 10 years of age to 64 years of age

                                                $15 - 65 years of age and older

                  Duplicate - $7.00

 

Eligibility Requirements

 

                   Applicant must be a minimum age of ten years old.

 

      Applicants who are under the age of fourteen years, the application shall be made on the minor’s behalf by the parent, or by another individual in loco parentis of the minor who can provide proof of guardianship. 

 

      In the case of an incompetent individual, the application shall be made by the individual having custody of control of or maintaining the incompetent individual as indicated in appropriate documentation.

 

      All initial and subsequent renewals must be made in person.  

                   

      Applicants must provide documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and principal residence address.

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Name 
NOTE: If your name has changed, see Acceptable Documents – Legal Name Change

 

1.     U.S. State, Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.

2.     State of Hawaii ID Card with photo.

3.     Other U.S. State or U.S. Territory valid and unexpired driver license, Photo Learner's Permit or identification card, provided the name matches other submitted verification documents.

4.     Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card

5.     Military Documents:  ID Card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID Card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents. DOD Common Access Card/U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card must contain photo, name and DOB

6.     Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

7.  Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.

8.     Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.

9.     U.S. Certificate of Naturalization

10.     U.S. Certificate of Citizenship

11.     Valid Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997

12.     Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card

13.     Valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential

14.     Court Order for Name Change/Adoption/Divorce

15.     Marriage Certificate (Government Issued)

 

Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.   Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.  See  List of Acceptable Documents – Legal Name Change.

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Name Change:

 

1.     Court Order for Name Change / Adoption / Divorce  - no others (Legal Name / DOB / Court Seal required to accept the order.

2.     Marriage Certificate (Government Issued).

3.     Certified decree of name change from the State of Hawaii Lieutenant Governor's Office.

4.     Naturalization Certificate.

 

Note:  Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Date of Birth 

    1. State, Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.
    2. State of Hawaii ID Card with photo.
    3. Other U.S. State or U.S. Territory valid and unexpired driver license, Photo Learner's Permit or identification card, provided the name, Date of  Birth (DOB) or SSN matches other submitted verification documents.
    4. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card. 
    5. Military Documents:  ID Card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID Card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents. DOD Common Access Card/U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card must contain photo, name and DOB.
    6. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    7. Valid and unexpired Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997.
    8. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    9. Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.
    10. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    11. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    12. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card

      Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.   Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Social Security Number

 

1.     Original Social Security Card (no copies or metal plates).

2.     Valid State/U.S. Territory Issued Driver's License / ID / Photo Learner's Permit with Social Security Number, name and photo.

3.     Military Documents:  ID Card or DD-214, provided the Social Security Number is printed on the document.  Original or certified copies of DD-214.

4.     Medicare ID Card (Suffix A, M, T or TA only – indicates Social Security Number for the person named on the card).

5.     Wage and Tax Statement Form W-2 or 1099R, provided the Social Security Number is printed on the document.  Original or certified copy. Printed copy of electronically transmitted form acceptable.

6.     SSA-1099 form, from a previous year.  Original or certified copy.

7.   Non SSA-1099 form, from a previous year.  Original or certified copy.

8.   A pay stub with the applicant's name and Social Security Number printed.  Original or certified copy.

Note:  Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.  See  Acceptable Documents for Change of Name.

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Presence

    1. U.S. State, Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.
    2. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
    3. Military Documents:  ID Card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID Card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents.
    4. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    5. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    6. Valid and unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.  Appropriate immigration document(s) determine legal presence, not the passport itself.
    7. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    8. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    9. Valid Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
    10. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card
    11. Valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential
    12. Valid I-571 Refugee Travel Document
    13. Valid I-797 Notice of Action
    14. Valid US Department of Receptions and Placement Program Assurance Form (Refugee)


Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

 

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Principal  Residence Address – Two Documents Required

 

Note:  Documents must list address and applicant or spouse as the addressee.  If applicant is not the addressee, a statement must be made by the addressee that the applicant’s principal residence is the same as the addressee.

1.     Vehicle registration issued at least 30 before the application date;

2.     Hawaii Driver’s license;

3.     Voter registration card;

4.     Utility bill;

5.     Checking or savings account statement;

6.     Payroll check or check stub;

7.     Property tax assessment;

8.     Time-share agreement for six months or more;

9.     W-2 form;

10.     Student Identification card;

11.     Medical card issued by a health insurance agency;

12.     Letter from the Hawaii state department of human services indicating the person is receiving welfare assistance and that person’s address;

13.    Mail addressed to the applicant from a government or medical entity;

14.    Homeless applicants may use the address of their current shelter agency or, if not staying in a shelter, may use the general delivery of the post office nearest where they spend most of their time;

15.    If an applicant is in a shelter because of abuse, the applicant may display the address of a relative or friend or post office box number on the card but must provide the applicant’s principal address for file purposes;

16.    Other documents the examiner of drivers accepts of proof of Hawaii principal address.

 

For Additional Information, Visit State of Hawaii, Dept of Transportation Website:

 

                                               http://hawaii.gov/dot/hawaiistateid

 

     
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