Replacing a Lost CDL in Hawaii

Losing your commercial driver's license (CDL) is bit like an office worker having a computer go on the blink with a year's worth of work stored on it and no backup disc. Maybe it is not as dramatic, but it can definitely give you a sinking feeling in your stomach.

After all, without a CDL in your possession while you're driving a commercial vehicle, you're violating the law and could be hit with severe penalties, including the missing license being suspended.

But unlike lost computer data, which can cost a small fortunate to resurrect (if it's even possible), replacing a lost license only requires a trip to an island CDL office (see below) and springing a few dollars to get a duplicate.

In most cases, you can expect to spend around $30 for the new document. If you have a bit of luck on your side, you might even be able to convince your employer to cover the costs.

You will need to fill out an application and check the "Duplicate" box. If your eyesight has deteriorated from staring at the road for hours on end, the examiner will find out, as you will be administered a vision exam.

Considering that the simplest proof of your identity is missing, you will need to present the examiner with a flurry of proper identification. This can include a certified birth certificate and a Social Security card.

You might even bring along your DOT medical exam certificate, just in case you are asked for it―although it is unlikely you will need it. The old adage "it is better to be overprepared than underprepared" always comes in handy when dealing with driver services.

Name and Address Changes on a CDL

The procedures for a lost license are essentially the same for a change of address or name. You must appear in person at a CDL agency. Fill out an application and check the "Duplicate" box; then complete the form with the new information. Pass the vision test and pay the necessary fees.

The only difference is that in the case of a name change, you will need to supply the proper document reflecting it. This might be a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, or a court judgment stating that the new name is legal.

CDL Office Locations

Note: In the rural locations, it might be best to call first to double-check the testing hours and to confirm the site.


  • CDL Unit
  • 99-501 Salt Lake Blvd.
  • Honolulu, HI 96818
  • (808) 487-5534


  • Department of Finance
  • 444 Rice St.
  • Lihue, HI 96766
  • (808) 241-6550

Hawaii (Big Island)

  • Hilo Police Station
  • 349 Kapiolani
  • Hilo, HI 96720
  • (808) 961-2222
  • Old Kailua Airport
  • (808) 327-3580
  • Waimea Police Station
  • 9835 Kaumaualii Highway
  • Waimea, HI 96796
  • (808) 887-3087


  • Maui Service Center
  • 70 East Kaahumanu Ave., Suite A-17
  • Kahului, HI 96732
  • (808) 270-7363
  • Hana Police Station
  • Mile Marker 33
  • (808) 248-8254


  • Mitchell Pauole Center
  • Aiona Street and Ala Malama Avenue
  • Kauanakakai, HI 96748
  • (808) 553-3430


  • Lanai City Gym
  • (808) 565-7878
  • (Definitely call ahead at this location, due to staffing shortages.)

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