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Hawaii Driver's Education and Graduated Licensing Program
In order to get your driver's license when you are under 17 years old, you'll need to first complete the Hawaii DMV graduated licensing program. The program involves:
- Obtaining an instruction permit.
- Completed a state certified driver's education course.
- Obtaining a provisional license.
- Obtaining your full driver's license.
You can get your full Hawaii driver's license when you turn 17 years old.
The program has 3 stages that an applicant must complete to obtain a standard driver's license will full driving privileges.
The first instruction permit stage of the graduated licensing system is heavy on skill building. You must be 15 and 1/2 years old to get your Hawaii instruction permit.
The permit is valid for 1 year, with an option of being renewed one time 30 days before and up to 90 days after the expiration date.
NOTE: You can enroll in a driver's education course before you are 15 and 1/2 years old, but to move on to the next phase of driver's training, which occurs behind the wheel, you will need an instruction permit.
To obtain an instruction permit, you must:
- You must provide a birth certificate and a Social Security card.
- You must be 15 and 1/2 years old.
- Your parents (or legal guardians) must be present, provide their photo ID, and sign your application when you apply.
- You must pass a vision exam.
- You must pass the written and road sign identification tests.
NOTE: If you have not enrolled in a driver education course and want to apply for a learner's permit before doing so, purchase or download a Hawaii Driver's Manual to prepare for your tests. The driver's ed handbook is available at all Hawaii DMV offices.
State Certified Driver's Ed
Before you can get a provisional license, you must:
- Complete your 30 hours of classroom driver education before getting your permit.
- Enroll in a Department of Transportation-approved course that provides a minimum of six hours behind-the-wheel training.
- Log a minimum of 50 hours of real drive time.
- 10 hours must be completed at night.
- The hours must be verified by your parent or guardian. Your driver's training log must be presented to a licensing examiner at the time you upgrade the permit to a provisional license.
Hawaii learner's permits are subject to the following restrictions:
- You must be supervised at all times by someone in the passenger seat who holds a valid driver's license and is at least 21 years old.
- If you are on the road between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., the only person who can be in the passenger seat is a parent or guardian.
- You must hold your learner's permit for 180 days before signing up to take the road test.
The next step in the graduated licensing process allows the minor driver to slowly take on more responsibilities. With a provisional license, you will be able to operate a vehicle alone.
Attaining a provisional license is the most labor-intensive of the three rungs in the graduated system, because you have to do all the training first. It also has the most requirements and restrictions.
Before you can apply to upgrade your instruction permit to a provisional license, you must be 16 years old.
NOTE: A provisional license must be converted to a full license by the time you turn 19 years old. Failure to do so will require you to reapply for a regular driver's license (i.e. fill out another form, go to the licensing office, pay the fees, and take the tests).
To obtain a provisional license, you must:
- Hold an instruction permit for a minimum of 180 days.
- Present a certificate of completion for both the driver education and behind-the-wheel courses.
- Take and pass the road test.
Provisional License Restrictions
Hawaii provisional license are subject to the following restrictions:
- Only 1 passenger under 18 years old can accompany you in the car. (NOTE: This restriction does not apply if a parent or guardian is also in the car, or the minors in the car live are your siblings.)
- You cannot drive without a licensed parent or guardian between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless you are driving to or from work/school and posses a written document from your employer or a form signed by your parent or guardian.
- Any traffic citations received during this stage will result in your license being suspended or possibly revoked for up to one year.
The final stage in the graduated licensing program is full driving privileges.
If you are 17 years old and have had the provisional license for a minimum of 6 months without receiving any traffic tickets, you are eligible to turn that license in for a license with full privileges.
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 Hawaii DMV office to determine the fees that apply to you.Local Drivers Education
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