Hawaii Commercial Drivers License

A commercial drivers license (CDL) opens the door to many new career opportunities. If you want to get a commercial drivers license in Hawaii, then you've come to the right place. We've collected information on this site to help save you time if you need to get a new CDL, renew or replace a CDL and more! Select one of the options below to get started 

 

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: Take the CDL Practice Tests

Practice makes perfect. Getting a new commercial drivers license in Hawaii is easy when you are prepared. Arrive at a DMV location ready to pass their tests with flying colors by taking a practice test.   

3: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

4: Via a local DMV office

If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.

 


 

Applying for a New Hawaii Commercial Drivers License

Applying for a new Hawaii CDL drivers license may require a lengthy process but is quite straightforward. First and foremost, you must be at least 21 years of age at least, have a valid drivers license and have passed the vision tests with at least 20/40 in each eye. You will also need to have a clean driving record. Certain incidents on your record could prohibit you from obtaining a new Hawaii CDL.

According to Hawaii state guidelines, you will need to pass the knowledge tests before you can take the skills test. There are different types of exams based on which class license you are going for.

Class A Licensure

  • General knowledge test
  • Combinations vehicle test
  • Air brakes
  • Pre-trip
  • Basic skills
  • CDL road test
  • Necessary exams individual endorsements

Class B Licensure:

  • General knowledge test
  • Air brakes (if applicable)
  • Pre-trip
  • Basic skills
  • CDL road test
  • Necessary exams individual endorsements

Class C Licensure:

  • General knowledge test
  • Air brakes (if applicable)
  • Pre-trip (if applicable)
  • Basic skills (if applicable)
  • CDL road test
  • Necessary exams individual endorsements

When you arrive at the office, make sure to bring the following:

  • Current Hawaii drivers license
  • Social Security card
  • Passport-sized photo
  • CDL application 

You will need your:

To fill this form out speedily, please have the information below on hand:

  • Social Security Number
  • Birthdate
  • Driver license number

Prepare by downloading a copy of the Commercial Drivers License Manual. This is a great tool to use to study basic driving skills that you will need for the skill and knowledge exams. Once you have passed the written exams, you will receive a CDL learner's permit. After practicing for six months, you can make an appointment to take the skills exam at a specific office on your island. Call one of the numbers below to find out which office is available to see you.

  • Hawaii County
    • Hilo: 1-808-961-2222
    • Kona: 1-808-323-4800
    • Naalehu: 1-808-854-7214
    • Pahoa: 1-808-965-2721
    • Waimea: 1-808-887-3087
  • Maui: 1-808-270-7363
  • Honolulu: 1-808-532-7730
  • Kauai: 1-808-241-4242

Fees

The fees for this process are as follows:

  • Written test - $15
  • Endorsements - $5 each
  • CDL
    • Instruction permit or actual license - $30
  • Skills exam - $50

Three Classifications for Commercial Drivers Licenses

  • Class A: The trucks, and/or some combination of, have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 26,001 pounds. Also, if there is a towed unit it ought to weigh more than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: The trucks have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 26,001 pounds.
  • Class C: Trucks having a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or less that either transport hazardous material with such a quantity as to need a placard, or that are intended to transport 15 people or more, including the driver.

Endorsements

In order to gain licensure for certain types of commercial vehicles you will need to take additional tests. By passing these tests, you will receive specific endorsements on your commercial drivers license. The five endorsements available, and the types of tests they require, are:

  • Exclusively knowledge-based tests:
    • Double or Triple Trailers (T)
    • Tank Vehicle (N)
    • Hazardous Material (H)
  • Knowledge- and skills-based tests:
    • Passenger (P)
    • School Busses (S)

Medical Certification Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations stipulate that all interstate commercial drivers must have a physical exam and carry a U.S. Department of Transportation medical certificate stating that you are fit to safely and adeptly operate a commercial vehicle. You fall under this mandate if you:

  • Operate a motor vehicle in interstate commerce with a either:
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Gross Combination Weight Rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Gross Vehicle Weight of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Gross Combination Weight of 10,001 or more
  • Operate a motor vehicle in interstate commerce. The vehicle will be intended to transport 15 people or more, including the driver.
  • Operate a motor vehicle in interstate commerce that is intended to transport anywhere from nine to 15 people for more than 75 miles from the place you regularly report to work, for immediate compensation.
  • Haul hazardous material in interstate commerce in such amounts that it requires a placard.
  • Bare in mind, when you are on the road, you must carry a copy of your medical examination certificate.

Minimum Training Requirements

The federal government does not have any training for a commercial drivers license set in place. As of now, the only thing you, the licensee, are obligated to do in order to get a commercial drivers license, is pass your written knowledge and driving skills tests. That is, unless you operate a longer-combination-vehicle, in which you will also need to undergo instruction on driver wellness, driver experience, multiple hours of service, and whistleblower protection.

Remember, just because there are no federal training programs that you must pass to gain a commercial drivers license, you do have to be trained to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The driving skills test is based on the ability to operate a vehicle of this stature. You will need to know how to inspect the vehicle before operating it, how to uncouple and couple the object that will be towed (i.e.: tractors and trailers, etc.), and also have plenty of experience driving in different weather or road conditions. Visitwww.ptdi.orgto learn about schools that offer commercial motor vehicle driving courses. Most employers will have their drivers take courses at one of the schools PTDI has certified.

Commercial Drivers License Renewal

To complete a Hawaii CDL drivers license renewal you must visit your local driver license office in-person.

Make sure to bring your:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Address
  • Driver's license number
  • Medical Examination Certificate

When you arrive at the office, the attendant will administer a vision test, in which you must pass with at least 20/40 vision in both eyes (either wearing glasses/contacts, or without). This process should cost $30. To find out which locations are available to perform this task at please call one of the numbers below:

  • Hawaii County
    • Hilo: 1-808-961-2222
    • Kona: 1-808-323-4800
    • Naalehu: 1-808-854-7214
    • Pahoa: 1-808-965-2721
    • Waimea: 1-808-887-3087
  • Maui: 1-808-270-7363
  • Honolulu: 1-808-532-7730
  • Kauai: 1-808-241-4242

Hazardous Material Endorsement

Many commercial drivers licenses come with hazardous material endorsements. If you fall into this category, you will need to take the hazardous material knowledge test each time you renew. Because a background check will be administered, the DMV suggests you begin your license renewal process at least 30 days ahead of time. The fee for this process is $89.25, and will be administered by the Transportation Security Administration as quickly as possible.

Commercial Drivers License Replacement

Many things can happen to your Hawaii commercial drivers license. It can get lost, or stolen, or even irreparably damaged. If this occurs, the state of Hawaii allows you to apply for a duplicate CDL drivers license for only $30, and all you have to do is visit your local DMV office. You will need to bring two of the following:

  • Application for Hawaii Commercial Drivers License Replacement 
  • You will need your:
    • Social Security Number
    • Date and place of birth
    • Address
    • Driver's license number
  • Proof of identity:
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • INS Documents, if applicable
  • Military identification
  • Medical Examination Certificate, just in case

To find out which office processes these tasks please call one of the numbers below:

  • Hawaii County
    • Hilo: 1-808-961-2222
    • Kona: 1-808-323-4800
    • Naalehu: 1-808-854-7214
    • Pahoa: 1-808-965-2721
    • Waimea: 1-808-887-3087
  • Maui: 1-808-270-7363
  • Honolulu: 1-808-532-7730
  • Kauai: 1-808-241-4242

Commercial Drivers License Name Change

If you need to complete a Hawaii commercial drivers license name change, you will need to apply for a duplicate Hawaii CDL by visiting your local DMV office. Make sure to bring an official court document noting the name change:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order

You will also need a $5 fee and your current CDL license. Dont forget to change your name with the Social Security Administration beforehand. To learn more, visit the SSA website.

If you have any additional questions, please call one of the numbers below:

  • Hawaii County
    • Hilo: 1-808-961-2222
    • Kona: 1-808-323-4800
    • Naalehu: 1-808-854-7214
    • Pahoa: 1-808-965-2721
    • Waimea: 1-808-887-3087
  • Maui: 1-808-270-7363
  • Honolulu: 1-808-532-7730
  • Kauai: 1-808-241-4242

Commercial Drivers License Address Change

If you need to complete a Hawaii commercial drivers license address change, you will need to apply for a duplicate Hawaii CDL by visiting your local DMV office.

Make sure to bring:

  • Current CDL license
  • Proof of residency:
    • Utility bill
    • Bank statement
    • Credit card bill
    • Lease agreement
    • Mortgage document

 

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