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  • Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Hawaii

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    1) Choose Your License

    Hawaii offers several different classes of driver's licenses.

    Teens should visit our page on applying for a new license for teens to learn about your driver's license requirements.

    2) Take a Driver's Education Course

    While adult drivers aren't required to take a driver's ed course in Hawaii, doing so is a smart idea. These classes offer valuable information could make you a safer driver.

    3) Prepare for the Test

    The best way to get ready for the Hawaii written test, you'll need to pass to obtain your license is by thoroughly studying the Hawaii Driver's Manual. To prepare yourself even more, you should take a few practice tests, too.

    4) Locate a Driver's License Office

    You'll take your written test at a driver's license office; depending on where you live, appointments may be available.

    5) Make Test-Day Preparations

    On the day of the test be ready to:

    • Present proof of name, date of birth, and Social Security number.
    • Provide proof of legal presence.
    • Pass a vision exam.
    • Pass a road sign identification exam.
    • Pass a written exam.
    • Complete the permit application.
    • Pay the required fees.

    6) Take the Written Test

    Remember, before taking the written test, you should study the Hawaii driver manual , take a few practice tests, and have your paperwork ready.

    7) Get a Car

    You must provide a car that's safe to operate and has a current safety inspection certificate in order to take the road exam. If you need to find such a car and are considering buying a used vehicle, it's smart to obtain a vehicle history report prior to purchasing the vehicle. This document will provide all kinds of information about the vehicle since it sold brand new, including maintenance, smog and emissions tests, and accident history.

    8) Get Car Insurance

    Liability insurance is required to drive a vehicle in Hawaii. If you're looking for an insurance carrier, check out our Insurance Center for the best rates.

    9) Take the Driving Test

    Most drivers will need to pass a road test to gain a driver's license. Most office locations across the islands administer the driving exam. Appointments are available, depending on where you live.

    If You Pass

    After you've successfully completed the test, you'll be issued a full HI driver's license.

    If You Fail

    If you don't pass the test, you may have to wait a week before retaking the road test. Contact your HI driver's license office for details.


    The fees to apply for an instruction permit, take the written and road tests, and receive a driver's license vary from county to county, so check with your local licensing office to find out how much you can expect to pay for each process. Make sure to ask your local office which payment methods they accept.

    Out-of-State Transfers

    To transfer an out-of-state driver's license in Hawaii, you'll need to provide proof of:

    • Identity.
    • Legal presence.
    • Social Security number.
    • Documentary proof documents include U.S. birth certificates and U.S. passports.

    Verifying documents must be original or certified copies, or your application will be rejected.  For more information, please visit Hawaii's government website.