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    HI Replacing a Lost License
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    If your license is lost, damaged, or―worse―stolen, you can easily obtain a replacement from your county DMV office . But you will need to appear at a local driver's license office in person.

    When you go, make sure to bring along identification documents such as a Social Security card, birth certificate, or military ID. A complete list of required identification is available from each county's DMV office.

    You will also be charged a fee for your replacement license. Fees vary by county.

    Travelers

    If you lose your driver's license while out of state and you're from Hawaii County, send a letter of request along with:

    • Your name as it appears on your driver's license.
    • Either your Social Security number or driver's license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • A phone where you can be reached.
    • An address where you can receive mail.
    • Your signature.
    • A check for $6 made payable to "County Director of Finance".

    Send it to:

    • Department of Finance
    • Vehicle Registration & Licensing
    • Driver License Section
    • 349 Kapiolani St.
    • Hilo, Hawaii 96720

    Upon receiving your request, your duplicate license will be mailed within 5 to 10 days.

    Maui and Kauai county residents may have different requirements. Contact your county's DMV for exact requirements.

    Note on Security

    A license that has gone missing in action can send you on a frantic and often futile search of the entire house or car. It leads to phone calls to every place you visited in the past few days and is basically an irritating pain in the neck. Well, you are not alone.

    The state issues on average thousands of duplicate licenses a year―a lot of people misplace their license. So the state has taken measures to improve the license itself against counterfeiting. Thus, if you are fretting about someone finding your license and selling modified duplicates to people who aren't you, you can be pretty much rest assured that this is unlikely to occur.

    The security features include the addition of the driver's ghost image, a bar code, holograms, an ant-sized state flag, and a red line across the top of the license.

    These measures, along with the fact that you no longer need your Social Security number on the card, can make a lost or stolen license difficult to misuse. If your license was stolen, you do not need to file a police report in order to get a new one―but it might not be a bad idea to report the crime in case of identity theft.

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