Motorcycle License in Hawaii

When you apply to hop in the saddle and shoot off on a motorcycle, you will be attempting to obtain a Class 2 license. The process is similar to the procedures for getting a regular driver's license in many ways. But when it comes the testing phase, things are considerably different.

Requirements for a Hawaii Motorcycle License


Hawaii requires those under 18 years old to hold a permit for 90 days, complete a driver education course and complete a driving skills course before testing for a motorcycle license.

It can get a little confusing, especially if you are trying to accomplish everything at once. Just make sure you look over the Motorcycle Manual, and if you are still confused as to the steps you need to take, call a local licensing office and speak to an examiner


A first-time applicant will need to provide proof of:

  • Identity
  • Legal presence
  • Social Security number
  • Residency

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

Testing Requirements


You must pass an eye exam.
Failing to meet this standard will forfeit any movement to the next stage of testing. You will need to visit an ophthalmologist for corrective lenses before taking the test again.

Sign and Road Marking Identification

Although the written general knowledge test has plenty of sign identification questions, you will also be tested separately as part of the eye exam. What the test measures is how you view color, while also allowing you to establish your understanding of basic road signs and markings.

Written Exam

If you are applying for a Class 2 license and do not already hold a Class 3 license for cars, you will be required to take the normal general knowledge test along with a motorcycle-specific exam. Having a Class 3 license at the time you apply for a motorcycle license may exempt you from the general knowledge test, but it usually comes down to examiner discretion.

Both tests are multiple choice, and the material for the questions is culled from the respective manuals. Once you achieve success on each of these tests, you will be issued a temporary learner's permit that is valid for one year.

On-Road Skills Test

This is an assessment of your ability to handle a motorcycle on a closed course through a series of specific tests. The simulated settings are designed to evaluate proficiency in the following skills:

  • Sharp turn
  • Normal stop
  • Cone weave
  • Quick stop
  • U-turn
  • Obstacle turn

To get a bird's-eye view of how each course is set up and a thorough explanation of how each skill is appraised, consult the Motorcycle Manual.

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