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    Hawaii Vehicle Safety Inspections

    At this point in time there are no set emissions standards and tests for vehicles in Hawaii.

    Other than the volcanic "vog," Hawaii's breezy location in the middle of the Pacific and the rather small population keeps the air quality in relatively good shape. As a matter of fact, Honolulu consistently ranks as one of the cities with the least ozone air pollution.

    Plus, with the massive number of scooters and mopeds about, residents tend to be on the low-emissions side in many cases anyway and gas prices are so elevated that many people simply buy efficient (and by correlation, low-emissions) vehicles out of necessity.

    So for now, you need to only get a vehicle safety inspection to register your car―your vehicle does not have to pass an emissions test.

    Hawaii Vehicle Safety Inspections

    Along with current vehicle registrations stickers and proof of car insurance, you'll also need your current safety inspection certificate/sticker when driving your passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or light truck in Hawaii.

    Before you can renew your vehicle registration each year, you'll need to take your vehicle to an inspection station to pass a safety inspection. You must get your vehicle inspected once every year and you must meet all Hawaii safety inspection requirements.

    Typically, you can complete your vehicle safety inspection at your local Hawaii DMV office or at any authorized safety inspection location throughout your county.

    Contact your local Hawaii county clerk for information about vehicle safety inspection hours and locations.

    Before a licensed inspection technician can begin the inspection, you'll typically need to provide:

    • Proof of your car insurance policy.
    • Proof of your vehicle registration.
    • Payment for the safety inspection.

    Once your vehicle passes the safety inspection, your vehicle's information will typically be updated on the state database electronically and you'll receive a safety inspection certificate.

    Hawaii Safety Inspection Details

    During your Hawaii vehicle safety inspection, the authorized technician will check a variety of items on your vehicle including:

    • The vehicle's body, fenders, and bumpers.
    • The battery and wiring.
    • The vehicle's brake system and suspension.
    • The doors, hood, and trunk latches and components.
    • The drive train.
    • The fuel, intake, and exhaust systems.
    • The mirrors, lamps, and reflectors.
    • The seat belts and restraint systems.
    • The tires and wheels.

    If any of the components do not function or appear to be damaged, your vehicle will likely not pass the safety inspection.

    Additionally, the safety inspection technician will visually verify your car insurance information, vehicle identification number (VIN), and license plates.

    For a complete list of what components of your vehicle will be inspected and which criteria will determine a safety inspection failure, you can download and read the Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection Manual for Inspectors of Passenger Cars and Light Trucks, which is available on the Hawaii Department of Transportation website.

    If you have any questions about the periodic vehicle safety inspection program, please contact your local Hawaii county clerk office.

    Hawaii Incentives for Eco-Friendly Driving

    Although Hawaii does not require emissions tests, you still might be able to take advantage of other perks specific to eco-friendly driving such as tax breaks and auto insurance discounts. Learn more on our page on green driver incentives.

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