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  • Identification Cards in Hawaii

    Hawaii's Department of Transportation (DOT) now handles the issuing of ID cards.

    Hawaii state ID cards are not legally required. However, identification cards are generally requested by:

    • Permanent residents of Hawaii who do not already have a driver license.
    • Legal temporary residents of Hawaii who need an active ID card for the duration of their stay.

    Hawaii ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    Beginning January 2, 2013, the DOT implemented identification requirements for applicants for photo ID (including renewals).

    Applicants must be at least 10 years old to qualify for a state ID card. Those under 14 years old must have a parent or guardian fill out the application for them.

    When applying, you must visit any driver's license office with:

    • A completed State of Hawaii Identification Card Application.
    • A completed Parent/Guardian Affidavit, if the applicant is between the ages of 10 to 14 years old.
    • Proof of legal name and date of birth. Accepted documents include:
      • Birth certificate.
      • U.S. Passport.
      • Naturalization certificate.
        • NOTE: If your name has changed, bring proof, such as a marriage certificate or divorce papers.
    • Proof of Social Security number, such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 form.
      • 1099 form.
    • Proof of legal presence, such as your:
      • Birth certificate.
      • U.S. passport.
    • 2 proofsof residency.
      • Utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Voter registration card.

    The DOT provides a full list of accepted documents. All documents must be originals or certified copies. Photocopies are not accepted.

    Hawaii ID Card Fees

    Check with your local driver’s license office before visiting for fees and accepted forms of payment. Generally, those applying for a standard state ID card (valid for 8 years) will need to pay a $40 fee.

    Applicants with a legal presence ranging from 1 year to 7 years will be charged $5 per year or fraction of that year.

    Payment Methods

    Driver License Stations normally accept payment in the following forms:

    • Cash.
    • Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).
    • Check made payable to your county.

    * Account must be based in the U.S.

    You should call the following numbers to verify payment methods and fees:

    • City & County of Honolulu: (808) 532-7730.
    • County of Hawaii: Hilo: (808) 961-2222.
    • County of Kauai: 808-241-4242.
    • County of Maui: (808) 270-7363.

    Renewing and Replacing a Hawaii ID Card

    Standard Hawaii ID cards for permanent or long-term Hawaii residents expire 8 years after they have been issued.

    You have 1 year after its expiration date to renew your state ID card. If you fail to renew your card within this period, you will be considered a new applicant.

    When you renew your ID card in person, making sure to bring a completed State of Hawaii Identification Card Application.

    If you are a U.S. citizen or alien admitted for permanent U.S. residence, you'll need to show the following documents every 2nd renewal:

    • Proof of legal name and date of birth. Accepted documents include:
      • Birth certificate.
      • U.S. Passport.
      • Naturalization certificate.
        • NOTE: If your name has changed, bring proof, such as a marriage certificate or divorce papers.
    • Social Security number.
    • Proof of legal presence, such as your:
      • Birth certificate.
      • U.S. passport.
    • 2 proofs of residency, such as your:
      • Utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Voter registration card.

    NOTES:

    1. Depending on your county, older ID card holders may be allowed to renew by mail. Maui county residents 80 years old and older, for example, have this option. See "Renew By Mail" for more information.
    2. State identification cards for temporary residents will expire on the date that their legal presence in the U.S. expires.

    Renew By Mail

    To qualify to renew your HI ID card by mail, you must meet the following requirements:

    • Be 80 years old or older.
    • Have previously submitted all required documents with former application(s).
    • Have been fingerprinted and photographed.
    • Have a physician provide written testament to your physical or mental disability that prevents in-person application.
    • Send a letter requesting a renewal of your Hawaii State Identification Card.*

    Your letter must include your:

    • Name as it appears on your current ID card.
    • Date of birth.
    • Mailing address.
    • Social Security number OR Hawaii State ID card number.
    • E-mail (for communication purposes regarding processing).
    • Signature.

    Replacing a Hawaii ID Card

    To replace a missing or stolen card, go to an driver's license office and complete an ID card application. Documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, residency, legal presence, and Social Security number is not required unless any current information on record has changed.

    For a list of acceptable documents, please visit the Hawaii website.

    In the event your identification card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, a duplicate ID card in Hawaii will cost $6.

    Change Your Address

    To notify the city of a change of address, you must file a notification within 30 days or the change and mail it with your signature to the following address:

    Driver License Section
    P.O. Box 30340
    Honolulu, HI 96820

    Notifications can also be faxed to the number (808) 832-2904.

    Although submitting a notification will update your driver record, obtaining a license with your new address will require submitting an application to the nearest driver license location. The application will require fingerprinting and payment for fees and photographing.

    Change Your Name

    If your current legal name is different than the one shown on any official document, you must submit "connecting documents" to prove the connection between your names. A list of Acceptable Connecting Documents to Prove Legal Name Change can be found at the bottom of the linked HI DOT webpage.

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