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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 licenses.

    Teens should visit our page on applying for a new license for teensto 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, 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 written test you'll need to pass to obtain your license is by thoroughly studying the Hawaii Driver's Manual. It's a good idea to 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.

    6) Take the Written Test

    Remember, before taking the written test, you should study the state's 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.

    8) Get Car Insurance

    Liability insurance is required to drive a vehicle. 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 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 license.

    If You Fail

    If you don't pass the test, you may have to wait a week before retaking the test. Contact your 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.

    Out-of-State Transfers

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

    • Identity
    • Legal presence
    • Social Security number

    Verifying documents must be original or certified copies, or your application will be rejected.

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