DMV Press Releases


Thursday, February 3, 2022
Polynesian Voyaging Society organization plates(PDF, 530KB)

Polynesian Voyaging Society specialty license plates available for purchase at Kauaʻi DMV starting Feb. 7, 2022.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline


Intergovernmental Affairs

DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, with many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity. DHS will publish an interim final rule in the coming days to effectuate this enforcement date change.

“Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.”

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.

All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are now compliant with REAL ID security standards and are issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards. However, many state licensing agencies have extended the deadline for renewing expiring licenses due to a widespread shift to appointment-only scheduling protocols during the pandemic that has significantly limited states’ capacity to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards.As a result, only 43 percent of all state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards are currently REAL ID-compliant. DHS and various states also need time to implement requirements mandated by the REAL ID Modernization Act, including changes that will streamline processing by allowing the electronic submission of certain documents.

DHS continues to work closely with all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to implement REAL ID Act requirements. For more information on REAL ID, visit

Friday, April 23, 2021
Self-Service Motor Vehicle Registration Kiosk Launched at Foodland in Princeville

County of Kauaʻi officials, in partnership with Foodland and Intellectual Technology Inc. (ITI), launched the island's fourth self-service kiosk for motor vehicle registrations at Foodland in Princeville.

Friday, November 27, 2020
County no longer waiving fees for online payments after Nov. 30, 2020

County officials would like to inform Wastewater Management Division, Motor Vehicle Registration and Real Property Tax customers that fees for paying their sewer bill, motor vehicle registration and Real Property Tax Bill online will no longer be waived after Nov. 30, 2020. The County has been waiving these fees to promote online payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this will expire next week.

Online payments made after Nov. 30, 2020, will consist of a fee as follows: a $2.50 convenience fee plus a 2.2% credit card or $1 eCheck fee per transaction. These fees are paid to NIC Hawaiʻi for providing the online payment service. A fee is not assessed for walk-in or mailed payments.

Friday, November 13, 2020
Additional health screening measures for customers of the Kapule Building effective Nov. 16

The County of Kauaʻi is announcing additional health screening measures for customers of the Līhuʻe Civic Center's Kapule Building effective Monday, Nov. 16. Customers and any accompanying individuals must be able to pass a health screening to include a temperature check and answering a few health and travel-related questions before entering the building for services.