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

    When you go to the DMV, make sure to bring along your identification documents such as a Social Security card, your birth certificate, or a military ID. A complete list of required and approved 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 follow the steps below for your county of residence.

    Residents of Honolulu and Hawaii Counties

    • Your name as it appears on your driver's license.
    • Either your Social Security number or your driver's license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • A telephone number where you can be reached.
    • An address where you can receive mail.
    • An email address if you have one.
    • Your signature.
    • A check for $6.

    For Hawaii County mail this letter and your $6 check (made out to the County Director of Finance) to:

    Driver License Section
    349 Kapiolani Street
    Hilo, HI 96720

    For Honolulu County mail this letter and your $6 check (made out to the City & County of Honolulu) to:

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

    Upon receiving your request, a temporary duplicate driver's license will be mailed within 10 days. You will need to go to the county office to receive a new driver's license upon your return to Hawaii.

    Residents of Kauai and Maui Counties

    To request a replacement driver's license from the county of Kauai you will have to contact the Driver License Division at (808) 241-4242.

    The same is true for Maui county residents; you will need to call (808) 270-7363 for information on requesting a replacement driver's license.

    Note on Security

    A driver's 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 of Hawaii issues on average thousands of duplicate licenses a year―a lot of people misplace their licenses. 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 your Social Security number is no longer used on the driver's license, 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 or if anything else was stolen along with your driver's license.

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