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    Replacing a Hawaii Driver’s License

    If your license is lost, damaged, or―even worse―stolen, you can easily obtain a replacement driver's license through applying directly with one of the following departments (depending on your county):

    • Honolulu: Department of Customer Services.
    • Hawaii: Department of Finance.
    • Kauai: Treasury Division of Finance.
    • Maui: Department of Finance.
    Continue reading this page for the information you need to obtain a duplicate Hawaii driver's license.

    NOTE: If you are seeking a replacement of your lost or stolen commercial driver’s license (CDL), please visit our page about Replacing a Lost CDL.

    Apply for a Duplicate License in Hawaii

    NOTE: If your driver’s license will be expiring within 6 months, you may want to consider processing a driver’s license renewal application instead. For more details, read our page about Renewing Your Driver’s License.

    The process for applying for a replacement driver's license will depend on which Hawaii county you reside in. 

    Hawaii County

    In Hawaii county, you will need to appear at a local HI driver's license office in person to request a replacement HI driver’s license. You’ll need to:

    • Complete a State of Hawaii Driver’s License Application (Form CSD-DL).
    • Bring 2 documents proving your identity, such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • Birth certificate.
      • Military ID.
    • Submit payment for the driver's license replacement fee. Fees vary by county. See "Fees for a Duplicate HI Driver's License" below for more information.

    A complete list of required and approved identification documents is available from each county's DMV office. Your duplicate HI driver’s license will have the same expiration date as it did before it was lost or stolen.

    Honolulu County

    You can apply for a duplicate by mail or in person at your local DMV office. If you decide to apply by mail, you must:

    • Send a letter with your request for a duplicate HI driver's license.
    • Include your name, Social Security number or driver's license number, e-mail address (optional), and the reason why you need a duplicate.
    • Submit a certified check or money order for the $6 fee (made payable to "City and County of Honolulu") to the following address:

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

    NOTE: If you apply in person, you may need to have your vision checked, and fingerprints and photograph taken.

    Maui County

    The replacement process in Maui county is similar to that of Hawaii county. You'll need to visit your local DMV office and:

    • Complete the application form (available for pick-up in person).
    • Show proof of identity, such as your:
      • Birth certificate.
      • Social Security card.
      • Hawaii ID card.
    • Pay the appropriate driver license duplicate fee.

    Kauai County

    During the process of replacing your driver's license in Kauai, you may also be required to show 2 documents to prove your residency. The fee will be $7. For complete details about what you'll need to apply for a duplicate driver's license in Kauai, you will need to contact your local HI DMV office.

    Replace a License While Out of State

    If you lose your HI driver's license while out of state, please follow the steps below for your county of residence.

    NOTE: Follow the same instructions below if you need to replace a HI motorcycle license.

    If you are currently out of state due to military obligations, visit our Drivers in the Military page for more information.

    Honolulu and Hawaii County Residents

    To replace your HI driver’s license while out of state, compose a letter that includes the following information:

    • Your name as it appears on your HI driver's license.
    • Either your Social Security number (SSN) OR your HI driver's license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • A telephone number where you can be reached.
    • Your mailing address.
    • An e-mail address, if you have one.
    • Your signature.

    You will also need a check for $6.

    If you live in Hawaii County, mail this letter and your $6 certified check or money order (payable to "County Director of Finance") to:

    Driver License Section
    349 Kapiolani Street
    Hilo, HI 96720

    If you live in Honolulu County, mail this letter and your $6 certified check or money order (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 Hawaii driver's license will be mailed to you within 10 days. You will need to go to your local county DMV office to receive a new driver's license upon your return to Hawaii.

    Kauai and Maui County Residents

    If you’re a resident of Kauai, you will have to contact the Driver License Division at (808) 241-4242 to request a replacement driver’s license.

    If you’re a Maui county resident, you will need to call (808) 270-7363 for information on requesting a replacement HI driver's license.

    Fees for a Duplicate HI Driver's License

    The cost to receive a duplicate driver's license in Hawaii or Honolulu Counties is $6. For Kauai or Maui county residents, please contact your local DMV office and ask for fee details.

    Fee payments must be made by:

    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.
    • Credit/debit card (Honolulu only).

    If you're submitting your duplicate driver's license request by mail, payment must be made by a certified check or money order for the exact fee amount.

    Preventing Identity Theft in Hawaii

    If you’ve lost your Hawaii driver’s license, it may be a good idea to report it to the DMV and/or local authorities. While not a requirement of the HI DMV, it is an important step in order to prevent identity theft.

    As a further attempt to prevent people stealing your identity, the state of Hawaii has taken measures to improve the driver’s license itself against counterfeiting. Thus, if you are fretting about someone finding your HI driver’s license and selling modified duplicates to people who aren't you, 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.
    • A red line across the top of the driver’s license.

    These measures, along with the fact that your Social Security number (SSN) is no longer used on your driver's license, can make a lost or stolen driver's license from Hawaii difficult to misuse.