Obtaining A New Hawaii Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Hawaii? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from 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 DMV Practice Test

Getting a new 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 this practice test

3: 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 Drivers License:

Looking to apply for a new Hawaii driver's license? Whether you are from out of state, or a teenager looking to get behind the wheel for the first time, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Lucky for you, weve done the research so just sit back, relax and follow our instructions!

To apply for a new Hawaii drivers license, you will first need to visit your county's closest DMV office. There are four counties that make up the state of Hawaii: Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.

Find Honolulu DMV office locations here

Find Hawaii DMV locations here.

Find Kauai DMV locations here.

Find Maui DMV locations here.

When you visit your local Hawaii driver's license office make sure to bring:

  • Proof of identity:
    • Hawaii state ID card with photo
    • United States passport
    • Certified birth certificate
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • A U.S. State- or local government-issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    • Valid U.S. jurisdiction-issued driver's license, ID or photo learner's permit (it must include your photo)
    • Marriage certificate
    • Civil union certificate
    • Court order for name change
    • Non-U.S. Citizen:
      • Valid foreign passport with appropriate immigration documents
      • Valid DHS/USCIC I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
      • Valid DHS/USCIC I-688 Temporary Resident Card
      • Valid DHS/USCIC I-688B, I-766 Employment Authorization Card
    • Military:
      • Valid U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID card
      • Valid U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges card
      • Valid DOD Common Access Card (CAC)
    • Federal Valid DHS/TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)


  • Proof of Social Security Number:
    • Valid U.S. jurisdiction-issued driver's license, ID or photo learner's permit (it must include your photo)
    • Social Security card (original only, no copies)
    • A pay stub showing your name and printed Social Security Number
    • Wage and Tax Statement form W-2 or 1099R
    • Medicare ID Card
    • SSA-1099 form, from a previous year
    • Non SSA-1099 form, from a previous year
    • Military:
      • Valid U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID card
      • Valid U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges card

If you are under the age of 18, you will need to bring proof of having completed an accredited driver's education program. You will also need to have a parent or guardian in tow.


After proving your identity, you will be given a vision exam, and after you pass that you will be eligible to take the written exam for your new Hawaii drivers license. To study more thoroughly, be sure to download the Hawaii Driver's Manual. After you pass the written exam, you will be issued a driver's license permit which you will be allowed to practice with for at least a year, after which you will need to complete the road test. The road test will test you on the basics of driving:

  • Turns
  • Parallel parking
  • Three-point turns
  • Switching lanes
  • Driving on the highway

Fees vary; check with your local county to figure out exactly what you will owe before arriving at the office.

Out-of-State Transfers

To transfer your current license to a new Hawaii drivers license, you will need to bring proof of your identity, legal presence and Social Security Number (see above for examples).


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