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FAQs about Commercial Drivers License Station (CDL)

The following lists frequently asked questions about Commercial Drivers License. 
Click on a question below or scroll down the page to see CDL FAQs information.  
 
 


  • FAQs about Drivers License
  • Where is the Commercial Drivers License Station (CDL) located in Oahu?
  • What are your hours of operation?
  • What are the requirements or documents needed to obtain a CDL Permit?
  • What are the various types or classification of commercial driver's licenses?
  • What are the different types of written test I need to pass to obtain a CDL?
  • Are there any other tests required before obtaining my CDL?
  • How much does it cost to obtain a CDL?
  • What are the requirements to renew my Hawaii CDL?
  • Am I allowed to hold another valid license or CDL from another state, if applying for a Hawaii CDL?
  • What are the requirements or documents needed to transfer my valid out-of-state CDL to a Hawaii CDL?
  • May I use an Out of State CDL Permit to test here in Hawaii?
  • Will I lose any of my endorsements when I transfer my Out of State CDL?
  • Can I renew my Hawaii CDL by mail?
  • Is there a grace period after my Hawaii CDL has expired?
  • What if I have an Out of State CDL, do I have any grace period?
  • How do I notify the CDL office if I changed my address?
  • If I have a CDL, where can I apply for a motorcycle permit or license?
  • Where can I get a duplicate CDL permit or license?
  • I just completed a new physical examination, is it necessary to bring in my new DOT card?

     

    1. Where is the Commercial Drivers License Station (CDL) located in Oahu?
      The CDL Drivers License Station is located directly across the street from Aloha Stadium's main parking entrance (on Salt Lake Blvd) at:   

      99-501 Salt Lake Blvd. 

      Honolulu, HI  96818

       

      Effective March 3, 2014, CDL and Motorcycle road skills testing have been temporarily relocated until further notice to:   

      Hawaii Department of Transportation

      Kaneohe Baseyard

      45-889 Pookela St.

      Kaneohe, HI  96744

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    2. What are your hours of operation?
      Hours are 6:45am - 3:00pm.; Monday thru Friday except for State Holidays. Written test hours are administered from 6:45am - 2:00pm.

       

      CDL and Motorcycle road skills testing at the Kaneohe Baseyard are:  9:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, except for State Holidays.   

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    3. What are the requirements or documents needed to obtain a CDL Permit?
      • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
      • Submittal of the DOT Physical, provided by a National Registry certified examiner, which verifies that you meet the Medical and Physical requirements.
      • Pass the required vision test with a minimum of 20/40 in both eyes.
      • Possess a valid basic Hawaii Drivers License.
      • Certified Birth Certificate.
      • Original Social Security Card.
      • Two forms of proof of principal residence in Hawaii.
      • Current Front Facial photo. (No smaller than passport size & no larger than a standard size photo)
      • Pass all required written tests for the class of license you wish to drive.

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    4. What are the various types or classification of commercial driver's licenses?
      • Class A: any combination of Truck/Tractor and trailer that exceeds 26,001 GCVWR with a trailer GVW that exceeds 10,001 GVWR.
      • Class B: any single vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001.
      • Class C: any single vehicle that does not meet the GVW of Class B but requires a passenger or hazardous endorsement.

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    5. What are the different types of written tests I need to pass to obtain a CDL?
      • The general knowledge test.
      • The air brake test, for any vehicle equipped with air brakes.
      • Passenger endorsement test, for those that carry 16 or more passengers including the driver.
      • Hazardous material test, for those who will carry hazardous material with amounts that require placarding.
      • Tanker endorsement test, if the vehicle or trailer tank carried exceeds 1,000 gallons.
      • Combination test, if you will be driving a combination vehicle.
      • Double/triples test if you will be pulling double or triple trailers.
      • NOTE: After completing the appropriate written tests required for the class/type of license of vehicle applying for, and provided there are no other eligibility requirements, a CDL permit is issued with the appropriate endorsements.

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    6. Are there any other tests required before obtaining my CDL?
      You will need to make an appointment to be tested with a representative vehicle class and pass the following:
      • Pre-trip: The first test to complete is the Pre-trip vehicle test. It will demonstrate your knowledge of the commercial vehicle of the category you intend to drive and determine if the vehicle is safe to operate on the public roadways.
      • Skill test: This test consists of various backing maneuvers and tests your skills to operate a commercial motor vehicle of the category you intend to drive under different simulated off-road situations. You must pass this test before taking the road test.
      • Road test: This test will demonstrate your ability to operate a commercial vehicle of the category you intend to drive, through various traffic situations on the public roadways.

      NOTE: Should you fail any required test, there is a minimum one week waiting period to be eligible for a retest. Appropriate fees apply.

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    7. How much does it cost to obtain a CDL?
      • General Knowledge test $15.00
      • Each endorsement test $5.00
      • CDL Permit $30.00
      • Pre-trip test, Skills test, Road test $50.00
      • CDL License $40.00

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    8. How do I renew my Hawaii CDL? 

       

      Visit any driver license station or select satellite city hall (Fort Street Mall, Hawaii Kai, Pearlridge or Windward City) with your driver license and provide original or certified documents proving legal name, date of birth, legal presence, social security number and 2 forms of proof of principal residence in Hawaii.  Names must be the same on all documents.  If you have a name change and the names on your documents are not the same, you must also submit the original document that verifies your name change, (e.g., Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Documents).  You may renew 6 months before the license expiration date and have a grace period of 90 days after the license expiration date without penalty.  A reactivation fee of $5 per 30 days or fraction thereof will be assessed after the 90 days. 

       

      • If you possess a valid Hawaii CDL without a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME), you will need to submit your current HDOT physical card; and pass the required vision test, with a minimum of at least 20/40 in both eyes corrected
      • If you possess a valid Hawaii CDL with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) besides meeting the above requirements, you need to pass the hazardous materials written test for each renewal.
      • For HME holders, register with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA will perform a background check on all persons applying for a Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME).
      • Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) is valid for five (5) years from the approval date issued by TSA. The CDL license will expire on the same date.
      • For further information regarding the background check, please visit the TSA Hazmat website at www.hazprints.com. The toll free TSA driver help desk number is 877-429-7746.
      • You must not have any outstanding violations.
      • You must not have any suspensions, revocations, cancellations, withdrawals, or convictions that would affect your eligibility or result in the disqualification of your CDL privileges.
      • Pay the appropriate fee(s).

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    9. Am I allowed to hold another valid license or CDL from another state, if applying for a Hawaii CDL?
      No. You may only hold one valid driver's license at any one time

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    10. What are the requirements or documents needed to transfer my valid out-of-state CDL to a Hawaii CDL?
      • You have 30 days from the time you arrive to transfer your current CDL to a Hawaii CDL.
      • Current DOT medical card provided by a National Registry certified examiner.
      • Certified Birth Certificate.
      • Original social security card.
      • Two forms of acceptable proof of principal residence in Hawaii (examples:  utility bill, rental contract)
      • Current front facial picture, no smaller than a Passport photo.
      • Pass a written test consisting of general driving questions. Sample questions may be found in the Hawaii Drivers Manual. Please refer to the following state website for further information: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/library/motor-vehicle-safety-office/.
      • The Hawaii Driver's Manual may also be found in most book stores, grocery or convenient markets.

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    11. May I use an Out of State CDL Permit to test here in Hawaii?
      No. An out of state CDL permit is not acceptable

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    12. Will I lose any of my endorsements when I transfer my Out of State CDL?
      • No. Provided the endorsements can be verified by the previous state of record.
      • For Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME), you must pass a hazardous materials written test.
      • You must register with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and successfully complete and pass a background check..
      • For further information regarding the background check, or to register with TSA, please visit the TSA website at www.hazprints.com . The toll free TSA driver help desk number is 1-877-429-7746.

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    13. Can I renew my Hawaii CDL by mail?
      • No. You must visit the CDL office to renew your CDL.
      • You must also show proof of your current DOT Medical Card.
      • A Hawaii CDL cannot be issued without a current photo affixed to your CDL.
      • See above FAQ #8 for further information on renewing a CDL.

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    14. Is there a grace period after my Hawaii CDL has expired?
      • You have ninety (90) days after expiration date to renew your CDL without a penalty.
      • You have a maximum of one (1) year to renew before you lose your CDL.
      • There is a reactivation fee of $5.00 for every 30 day period or fraction thereof, if renewing 90 days after the expiration date, and up to one year from the expiration date.
      • If you are in the Armed Services and deployed overseas during the time of your CDL expiration date, you have up to 90 days upon return to Hawaii to renew your CDL without penalty, with acceptable proof of service. It does not matter what the expiration date is.

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    15. What if I have an Out of State CDL, do I have any grace period?
      No grace period allowed on any expired Out of State CDL.

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    16. How do I notify the CDL office if I changed my address?
      • You can fax us at (808) 487-5248 or send a letter with your name, previous address, new address, license number as it appears on your driver's license, date of birth, and your signature to: Commercial Drivers License Section P.O. Box 30360 Honolulu, Hawaii 96820-0360.
      • Upon receipt, we will update the information in our driver record database.
      • If you would like to update your license plastic, you will need to visit our CDL office. The duplicate fee is $15.00.

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    17. If I have a CDL, where can I apply for a motorcycle permit or license?
      • You may go to any Driver License Section to obtain a motorcycle permit.
      • Adding a motorcycle endorsement (category 2) to your CDL may only be completed at the Commercial Driver License office.
      • Any changes that affect your CDL will need to be completed at the Commercial Driver License office.

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    18. Where can I get a duplicate CDL permit or license?
      • You must visit the CDL office to obtain a duplicate CDL permit or license.
      • The CDL office is required to perform various verification and background checks pursuant to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The CDL staff is prepared to process these checks.
      • Always remember to bring your current DOT card with you.

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    19. I just completed a new physical examination, is it necessary to bring in my new DOT card?
      • Yes.
      • However, you may also have your doctor's office fax the completed DOT medical card to the CDL office. Must be provided by a National Registry certified examiner. The Fax # is (808) 487-5248.

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    Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 05, 2014