Contact Information

COUNTY OF KAUAʻI
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
DRIVER LICENSE DIVISION
4444 RICE STREET, SUITE A480
LĪHUʻE, HI 96766

808-241-4242
808-241-6533 Fax

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

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday (except Holidays)
7:45 am - 4:00 pm
- Last written test Given at 3:30 pm

- CDL Testing are from 8am - 3pm
- Taxicab Driver's Test are from 9am-3pm

*** LAST NUMBER ISSUED AT 3:30 PM.

*** LAST NUMBER CALLED FOR PROCESSING AT 3:45 PM.

 

 

Drivers License Division

The Drivers License section is responsible for a number of programs. We issue new and renewal licenses for drivers of all motor vehicles, State of Hawai'i Identification Cards (SID) new, renewals and duplicates. 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.

Requirements to Obtain a Driver License or State Identification Card, Out of State Transfers and new Permits

  • Proof of Social Security Number: SS Card, W-2 or 1099 Tax form, or pay stub 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, Foreign Passport with current admittance stamp or I-94, 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).
  • Proof of Principle Address: Two (2) documents containing applicants residential address.
  • Note:  Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in names on the documents submitted. Documents presented must be valid originals or certified copies.  Photo copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

Printable Applications

 TitleDescription
CDL - Search for a Certified DOT Medical Examiner 
CDL Medical Examiner's CertificateDOT Medical Certificate for CDL Applicants
CDL Medical Examiner's Report (Long Form)DOT Medical Examiner's Report for Physicians
DCAB PLACARDS Application for the State of Hawai'i Disability Parking Permits (PLACARDS)
Driver License ApplicationApplication for Hawaii Driver License and Learner's Permit.
State ID ApplicationApplication for State of Hawaii Identification Cards

NEWS RELEASE

HAWAII RESIDENTS WILL NEED REAL ID COMPLIANT IDENTIFICATION TO FLY STARTING OCT. 1, 2020 
 
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) in coordination with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and county agencies remind the public of the Oct. 1, 2020 date to obtain a REAL ID compliant Hawaii driver’s license or State identification card with the “star in a gold circle” marking.

Every person traveling domestically on a commercial airline will need to present a REAL ID compliant credential or another acceptable form of identification by October 1, 2020 pursuant to the REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005. This law enacted a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission and established minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards. The Act further prohibited federal agencies, including the TSA, from accepting state-issued driver licenses or identification cards that do not meet the minimum standards.

The “star in a gold circle” on a Hawaii driver’s license or identification card indicates the credential is REAL ID compliant. If people want to continue using their driver’s license for Federal purposes, such as boarding a commercial aircraft after the deadline, it must have the “star in a gold circle.”

“We want people to know there is about a year remaining until the federal deadline to update your identification. While there is time, we don’t want people to wait until the last minute,” said Director Jade Butay, Hawaii Department of Transportation. “People should also be aware the driver’s license is not their only option. There are various other acceptable identifications that will work to allow you on a plane.”

“Because the majority of people who travel on a commercial aircraft use a driver’s license as their form of identification at the TSA security checkpoint, now is the time to plan ahead to ensure compliance with REAL ID requirements,” said TSA Federal Security Director for the Pacific Jenel Cline. “Starting Oct. 1, 2020, TSA officers will be prohibited from accepting identification from a traveler that does not meet the REAL ID standards.”


While the driver license is the most common form of identification used by travelers, TSA accepts multiple forms of identification at the security checkpoint including:


• Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
• U.S. passport
• U.S. passport card
• DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
• U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
• Permanent resident card
• Border crossing card
• State-issued Enhanced Driver’s License
• Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
• HSPD-12 PIV card
• Foreign government-issued passport
• Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
• Transportation worker identification credential (TWIC)
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

In Hawaii, if required documents proving legal presence, legal name, date of birth, social security number and current Hawaii principal residence are already on file, you may be able to apply for a duplicate license with the “star in a gold circle” online. Links to individual county services are below.

If the proof of legal presence, legal name, date of birth, social security number and Hawaii principal residence documents are not already on file, or your legal name or address have changed, the request for the “star in gold circle” ID must be submitted in person.

All Hawaii driver licenses and IDs are valid through their expiration date for non-federal purposes.

Hawaii began issuing REAL ID complaint licenses and State identification cards on January 16, 2018.

 

 

Beginning May 1, 2014, Applicants will be required to present proof of principal residence in Hawaii. Principal residence is defined as the location where a person currently resides even if the residence location is temporary. Any two of the following documents (original or copy) containing the applicant's principal residence will be acceptable proof:

  1. A current valid Hawaii driver’s license;
  2. Vehicle registration or title;
  3. A current voter registration card
  4. Mail from a government or medical entity;
  5. Utility bill with applicant's name and address;
  6. Checking or savings account statement;
  7. Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer;
  8. Current mortgage account or proof of home ownership;
  9. Residential rental or time share contract;
  10. United States income tax return W-2 form or 1099 SSA benefits;
  11. Hawaii income tax W-2 form;
  12. Receipt for personal property taxes paid to a county within the State of Hawaii;
  13. Medical card issued by a health insurance agency with principal residence address printed on it;
  14. Current property tax assessment bill or statement;
  15. A stamped department of taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance;
  16. Applicants documenting enrollment in a State or Federal address confidentiality program which allows an applicant to obtain and use alternative addresses may use an alternative address on the card but must provide the applicant's permanent address for file purposes;
  17. In areas where a number and street name have not been assigned for U.S. mail delivery, an address convention used by the U.S. Postal Service is acceptable (P.O Box or R/R#)
  18. Affidavit indicating that the applicant currently resides with the affiant, provided the affiant's address can be verified and the affidavit is notarized within two months of the application date; or
  19. Other documents the examiner of drivers accepts as proof of principal residence in the State of Hawaii.

Acceptable Documents for Veteran Designation (effective October 1, 2014)

NOTE: Applicable to any person who served in any of the uniformed services of the United States and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

  • DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the Veteran's condition of discharge – honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, and the NAVCG 553.
    • WD AGO 53-55 (Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge)
    • NAVPERS 553 (Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service)
    • NAVMC 78PD (U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation)
    • NAVCG 553 (Notice of Separation from U.S. Coast Guard)
    • NGB Form 22 (National Guard Report of Separation from Active Duty)
  • DD Form 217 (Certificate of Service)
  • Official Military Orders
  • Discharge Certificate
  • Military Retired ID Card (DD Form 2 Retired)
  • Veterans Health ID Card (VHIC)
  • Verification letter issued by the Veterans Administration
  • Verification letter issued by the Office of Veteran Services

If you're unable to produce any of the proper documentation, may contact the State of Hawaii Office of Veterans Services who will research their case and provide a Verification Letter if they qualify for the veteran status.

Tripler Army Medical Center
459 Patterson Road
E-Wing, Room 1-A103
Honolulu, HI 96819-1522
PH: (808) 433-0420

Applicants requiring a DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge, or other Military Documents to verify Veteran and Military eligibility status may go to Veterans' Military Service Records web site and follow the steps outlined for either an online application request or follow procedures to print, populate, and mail out a Standard Form (SF) 180 request.

You may also contact the following:

  • National Personnel Records Center: (314) 801-0800
  • Hawaii State Office of Veterans Services at (808) 433-0420, Tripler Army Medical Center,
    459 Patterson Road, E-Wing, Room 1-A103, Honolulu, HI 96819-1522