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DRIVER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Forms and Required Documents

Driver's License Application Form (PDF)

Appointment for Road Test System (ARTS)

Click here to view State's new Graduated Driver's License Program (GDL) provisions.

The City and County of Honolulu Online Driver's License Appointment for Road Test System (ARTS) allows you to schedule a new or change an existing driver's license road test appointment at one of the five driver's license offices on Oahu. This online service is not currently available for motorcycle or commercial driver's license road test appointments.

Road tests are normally administered Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding State holidays. There is a non-refundable road test fee of $8.00. The City and County of Honolulu accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit card payments online.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to make an online appointment you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicant for passenger vehicle Class 3.
  2. Applicant has a current Instruction Permit that has not expired.
  3. Applicants who are 16-17 years old must present:
    • Instruction Permit held for a period of at least 180 days
    • Driver Education Student Completion Certificate (Form HDOT DE-20, 12-2000)
    • Behind-the-Wheel Student Completion Certificate (Form HDOT DE-21, 12-2000)

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
The following information is needed when making an online appointment:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Instruction Permit Number (i.e. Hxxxxxxxx)

Click here to view the complete Road Test Instructions and Requirements

RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT
An appointment can only be rescheduled online before 6:00 a.m. of the scheduled appointment date.  If you are unable to keep your appointment and unable to access the Internet please notify the location where the appointment was scheduled at least one business day prior.

OUTSTANDING VIOLATIONS NOTE: Applicants' records are electronically checked against the State Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) file to ensure compliance.  All outstanding violations must be cleared with the State Traffic Violations Bureau before you can obtain a driver's license.  Failure to obtain either a clearance letter from the TVB (covering the proper violation period) or having TVB clear your violation record on the electronic files within 30 days of passing the road test will result in your having to retake the road test.

The process may take several days to clear the electronic records and road test scores are valid for only 30 days, so please plan accordingly.   For information on clearing your driving record please contact:
State Traffic Violations Bureau   1111 Alakea Street, Second Floor    (808) 538-5500

General Requirements For All Applicants
(New, Renewals and Duplicate Licenses and Instruction Permits)

  1. Acceptable Signature Filing for Minors

    1. Both parents (married, separated or divorced with joint custody).

    2. Divorced parent with custody papers.

    3. One parent, spouse deceased.

    4. Legal guardian(s) with Court Documents.

    5. Foster parents with Court Documents.

    6. Responsible person(s), if parents deceased.

    7. Employer, if parents deceased and no responsible person(s).

    Note: For minor applicants between the ages of 15 years and 6 months through 17, a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate is required to establish proof of age and to determine who may sign the parental consent.

  2. Acceptable Documents for Proof of Date of Birth 

    1. U.S. State, or Local Government Original or Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.
    2. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
    3. Military Documents:  ID Card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID Card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents. DOD Common Access Card/U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card must contain photo, name and DOB.
    4. U.S. State or Local Government Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    5. Valid and unexpired Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997.
    6. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    7. Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.
    8. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    9. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    10. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card

      Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Notarized copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.   Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.

  3. Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Name 
    NOTE: If your name has changed on your current driver's license, see Acceptable Documents Legal Name Change

    1. U.S. State or Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card.
    2. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
    3. Military Documents:  ID Card and US Military issued Certificate of Birth.  ID Card must contain photo, Date of Birth (DOB) and name.  DD-214 with name, DOB and social security number must match other submitted verification documents. DOD Common Access Card/U.S. Uniform Services ID and Privileges Card must contain photo, name and DOB
    4. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    5. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document.
    6. Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.
    7. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    8. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    9. Valid Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
    10. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card
    11. Valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential
    12. Court Order for Name Change/Adoption/Divorce
    13. Marriage Certificate (Government Issued)

    Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Notarized copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.   Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.  See  List of Acceptable Documents - Legal Name Change.

    Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Name Change:

    1. Court Order for Name Change / Adoption / Divorce  - no others (Legal Name / DOB / Court Seal required to accept the order.
    2. Marriage Certificate (Government Issued).
    3. Certified decree of name change from the State of Hawaii Lieutenant Governor's Office.
    4. Naturalization Certificate. 
    5. A divorce decree may be used as authority to resume using a previous name only if it contains the new name and the previous name, and permits a return to the use of the previous name. 

    Note:  Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Notarized copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

  4. Acceptable Documents for Proof of Social Security Number

    1. Original Social Security Card (no copies or metal plates).  Need a Social Security card: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm.
    2. Military Documents:  ID Card or DD-214, provided the Social Security Number is printed on the document.  Original or certified copies of DD-214.
    3. Medicare ID Card (Suffix A, M, T or TA only indicates Social Security Number for the person named on the card).
    4. Wage and Tax Statement Form W-2 or 1099R, provided the Social Security Number is printed on the document.  Original or certified copy. Computer printed electronically transmitted form acceptable.
    5. SSA-1099 form, from a previous year.  Original or certified copy.
    6. Non SSA-1099 form, from a previous year.  Original or certified copy.
    7. A pay stub with the applicant's name and Social Security Number printed.  Original or certified copy.

    Note:  Additional documents may be required if there is a difference in name on the documents submitted.  See  Acceptable Documents for Change of Name.

  5. Acceptable Documents for Proof of Military Exemption

    1. Military documents: Copy of military deployment orders showing the date of return to the U.S., duration, and place of deployment.
    2. Other military documents acceptable to the examiner of drivers.

    ALL COPIED DOCUMENTS MUST BE CERTIFIED BY THE MILITARY.
     

  6. Driver License, Provisional License and Instruction Permit and Related Fees

     

    Road Test

    $8.00

    Written Test

    $2.00

    Oral Test (Available at City Square and Wahiawa)

    $10.00

    Instruction Permit

    $5.00

         Renewal

    $5.00

         Duplicate (to replace lost, stolen or damaged)

    $6.00

    Provisional License (ages 16 thru 18)

    $5.00

       per year or fraction thereof

         Duplicate (to replace lost, stolen or damaged)

    $6.00

    Driver License

     

         2-Years (age 72 and older)

    $10.00

         4-Years (ages 17 thru 24)

    $20.00 

         8-Years (ages 25 thru 71)

    $40.00

         Duplicate (to replace lost, stolen or damaged)

    $6.00

         Reactivation (renewing after 90-day grace period)

    $5.00

    per 30-day period

         Reinstatement

    $20.00

         Non-US Citizen required USCIS verification

    $1.00

     

                Forms of payment that are accepted at Driver License Locations: 

    Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or

    Check made payable to City and County of Honolulu. 


     

  7. Number of Driver's Licenses

    You must surrender all valid driver's licenses in your possession in order to obtain a State of Hawaii driver's license. No driver is permitted to hold more than one valid driver's license at any time.

  8. Ineligibility

    You will not be issued a driver's license, if:

    1. your license has been suspended or revoked by a court of law;
    2. you have failed to pass the required driver's examination;
    3. you have not deposited proof of financial responsibility (such as an auto liability
      insurance policy, surety bond, etc.) if State law for this responsibility applies to you;
    4. the examiner of drivers has good cause to believe that you would not be able to operate a motor vehicle safely upon the highways by reason of physical or mental disability;
    5. you are under the age of 16 years;
    6. you are 16 through 17 years of age, and do not have parental consent;
    7. you have a traffic violation which is unsatisfied or is pending a court hearing;
    8. you do not have an Instruction Permit or a valid driver's license from another U.S. jurisdiction.
    9. there is a stopper on the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).

    i.   Acceptable Documents for Proof of Legal Presence

    1. U.S. State or Local Government Certified Birth Certificate or Birth ID Card
    2. Valid and unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
    3. U.S. State or Local Government Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    4. Valid and unexpired Employment Authorization Document
    5. Valid and unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form.  Appropriate immigration document(s) determine legal presence, not the passport itself.
    6. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
    7. U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
    8. Valid Permanent Resident Card issued since 1997
    9. Valid and unexpired Temporary Resident Identification Card
    10. Valid and unexpired TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential
    11. Valid I-571 Refugee Travel Document
    12. Valid I-797 Notice of Action
    13. Valid US Department of Receptions and Placement Program Assurance Form (Refugee)

    Note: Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.  Notarized copies or faxes are not acceptable as proof.

     j.   Acceptable Documents for Proof of Principal Residence Address in Hawaii - Two Documents Are Required

NOTE:  Documents must show the Hawaii address and the applicant's full name as the addressee.  Those that do not have any documents with their full name as the addressee may submit an affidavit that the applicant's principal residence is the same as the person they reside with.  This commonly occurs with minors living with their parents but other circumstances may apply as well.  The affidavit form must be notarized, or signed by the affiant in person and witnessed by our staff.  The form may be found at:

            http://www1.honolulu.gov/csd/forms.htm  (Affidavit for Proof of Residence) 

    1. Valid Hawaii State ID card;   
    2. Current valid vehicle registration or title;   
    3. Voter registration card or other mail addressed to the applicant from a government or medical entity that is not more than two months old; 
    4. Utility bill that is not more than two months old; 
    5. Checking or savings account statement not more than two months old; 
    6. Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer not more than two months old;   
    7. Current mortgage account or proof of home ownership; 
    8. Current residential rental or time share contract for six months or more; 
    9. Certified U. S. income tax return, W-2 form, or 1099 SSA benefits form from the previous year; 
    10. Certified Hawaii income tax return or W-2 form from the previous year;  
    11. Receipt for personal property taxes paid to a county within the State of Hawaii within the last year; 
    12. Medical card issued by a health insurance agency; 
    13. Documentation that the individual is receiving State of Hawaii public assistance dated not more than ninety days old;   
    14. Current property tax assessment bill or statement; 
    15. A stamped Department of Taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance that is not more than 6 months old; 
    16. Homeless applicants may use the address of their current shelter agency, or if not staying in a shelter may use the general delivery of the post office nearest where they spend most of their time; 
    17. 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; 
    18. P. O. Box numbers are not acceptable to indicate principal residence address unless 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; 
    19. Affidavit indicating that the applicant currently resides with the affiant, provided the affiant's address can be verified and the affidavit is notarized not more than two months old; 

    Note:  Any two of the above documents (original or copy) will be acceptable as proof.

Special Requirements

  1. Minor (ages 15 years and 6 months through 17) Applicants
    1. Permit applications by minors must be signed by both parents or, when applicable, by the certified custodial parent, certified custodial guardian, or certified foster parents. (Only certified copies of court documents are acceptable.) If both parents are not able to accompany you to sign the parental consent form and unable to sign and have notarized the reverse side of the application form, the absent parent(s) may sign and have notarized a separate Parental Consent Affidavit form: http://www1.honolulu.gov/csd/csldl239.pdf 

    2. The spouse (who is an adult) of a minor applicant may sign the license application with proof of age and certified copy of the marriage certificate.

    3. Minors who are legally emancipated may sign license applications upon presentation of the certified court document which granted emancipation.

    4. Provisional licenses will expire on your 19th birthday.

    5. Effective January 9, 2006, the minimum age to acquire a permit is 15 years and 6 months and the minimum age to acquire a provisional license is 16. Minors between the ages of 16 through 17 must pass and present certificates of completion of mandatory driver education and behind the wheel training from a DOT authorized instructor, before securing a Road Test.

    6. "MINOR APPLICANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 - Effective July 1, 2007, in order to comply with Act 105 of the 2006 Hawaii State Legislature, a provisional or full license will not be issued to persons under the age of eighteen who have pending violations or proceedings that might result in the suspension or revocation of the provisional license, and any pending adjudication of an offense relating to the operation of a motor vehicle.
       

      Effective November 5, 2007, an electronic interface between the City & County of Honolulu driver record system and Judiciary's Information Management System (JIMS) has been bridged. The system will flag the driver record of a minor with any pending violations or proceedings that might result in the suspension or revocation of the provisional license, or any pending adjudication of an offense relating to the operation of a motor vehicle. 
       

       In certain situations, a minor may be provided a Referral Slip, form CS-L(DL) 237 and referred to the District Court to obtain a status letter. The status letter is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and must indicate that the minor has no pending violations, proceedings, or adjudications within the jurisdiction of the District Court of the State of Hawaii. The letter must be presented to the Motor Vehicle, Licensing and Permits Division before receiving a driver's license.

     

    • For issuance of a provisional license, the minor must return to the driver's license station within 30 days of passing the road test with the status letter, or the test results will be invalidated.

    • For issuance of a full license, the applicant must return to the driver's license station with the status letter. 

  2. Adult (ages 25 through 71) Applicants
    1. New licenses and renewals will expire on your eighth birthday following the date of issue.

  3. Senior (ages 72 or older) Applicants
    1. New licenses and renewals will expire on your second birthday following the date of issue.

  4. Instruction Permit Applicants
    1. You may apply for a temporary instruction permit if, except for a lack on instruction in operating a motor vehicle, you would otherwise be qualified to obtain a driver's license.

    2. You must obtain an Instruction Permit as a first step to qualify for a new driver's license.

    3. The examiner of drivers shall test your:
      1. eyesight and determine if you possess the physical and mental capabilities to safely operate a motor vehicle;

      2. understanding of highway signs regulating, warning and directing traffic;

      3. knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances, or regulations of the State and City and County of Honolulu.

    4. If the examiner of drivers is satisfied that you are qualified to receive an instruction permit, the examiner of drivers shall issue the permit to you. The permit is valid for a period of one year. Permits may NOT be renewed by mail.

    5. Except when operating a motorcycle or moped, you shall be accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older. The licensed person shall occupy a seat as near to you as is practical while the motor vehicle is being operated.

    6. The temporary instruction permit does not allow you to operate a motorcycle or moped during the hours of darkness or carry any passenger.

    7. Your temporary instruction permit for the operation of a motorcycle or moped may not be renewed nor shall you be issued another temporary instruction permit until you attempt the motorcycle skills exam.


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