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New Hawaii Residents
If you’re new to Hawaii, there’s a lot of important stuff to take care of, like registering your vehicle and transferring your out-of-state driver’s license. You’ll find just about everything you need to know in this handy guide.
If you’re bringing your out-of-state vehicle into Hawaii, it must be registered in the county that you moved to. For more information on this topic, please refer to our Car Registration in Hawaii page.
If you own an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or a scooter or moped, the registration process is a little different. You can find more information on our page detailing HawaiiSpecial Vehicle Registration.
Like most other states, the Hawaii DMV requires you to have adequate car insurance coverage before your car can be registered. Moving states is a great time to compare rates and make sure you’re getting the best deal for your situation.
To find out about Hawaii's minimum coverage requirements and whether you could be getting more value, be sure to visit our Car Insurance in Hawaii page.
Currently there are no emissions standards or requirements in Hawaii; however, vehicles new to the state may be subject to a safety inspection. For more information, please refer to our Hawaii Vehicle Inspections page.
If you have an out-of-state driver’s license, you will need to transfer it for a HI license. Depending on your county, you may have different deadlines for making this transfer. Contact your local HI DMV office for more information.
To learn how to apply for a standard Hawaii driver’s license, you can find everything you need to know on our Adult Driver’s License page.
If you’re a teenager, you must meet the Hawaii graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) requirements before you can obtain a full, unrestricted driver’s license. For more information about learner’s permits and intermediate licenses, please refer to our Teen Driver’s License page.
NOTE: If you need to transfer your out-of-state commercial driver’s license (CDL), visit our Replacing a Lost CDL in Hawaii page.
If you don’t drive a car, you’ll still need a form of identification such as an identification card. To find out how to get one, please visit our Identification Cards in Hawaii page.
A couple of things you may forget to do is update your voter and organ donation registration details. When you change address, this information does not automatically update, you must do this yourself after your move.
For more information, visit our following pages:
NOTE: You may be able to update this information when you apply for a HI driver’s license or ID card.
If you’re an active-duty military member from out of state, but you're currently stationed in Hawaii, you may find our Drivers in the Military page helpful. Here you’ll find information about using your out-of-state driver’s license and vehicle while in HI and other benefits you and your family may receive.
Do you know where your closest Hawaii DMV office is? You can find out now by using our DMV Office Finder.
You may also want to review the following HI DMV’s driver’s manuals as some road rules may differ to what you’re used to: