Driver License

There are a few additional forms required to apply, or renew, a Hawaiʻi drivers license. You must show proof of legal presence in the United States to start the process. This means that you are either a U.S. citizen or are legally authorized to be in the United States. This is a Hawaiʻi state law that went into effect in March 2012.

So what exactly does this mean to you? In addition to your current out-of-state driver’s license, bring your original social security card, current license plates, registration card, motor vehicle insurance card, and safety check of the vehicle you intend to drive. You will also need to show two forms of proof of principal residence in Hawaiʻi. At the Motor Vehicle Licensing and Permits Office, you will be required to pass the general knowledge test. Remember to study for this multiple question test, because there is a mandatory seven-day waiting period before you can re-take it. A road test is not required if your out-of-state driver’s license is current.

Vehicle safety checks are mandatory and expire yearly.

If you do not drive, you can apply for a Hawaiʻi state ID card with proof of legal presence, social security card, and your principal residence. The Hawaii Principal Residence can be a bank statement, utility bill, voter registration card, pay statement, or contract agreement.

There are several Motor Vehicle Licensing and Permits Offices, but not all of them are equipped to handle new applicants. These offices get quite busy when school is not in session. If possible, try to avoid the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. You may be spending a half day or return several times to get this completed.

This is a general guide to help newcomers, but always check the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Customer Service for updated information.