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    Verified As Of: 05/15/2015

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    SUMMARY: Hawaii Vehicle Safety Inspections

    In Hawaii, all vehicles must undergo a safety inspection periodically to remain registered. If you're a new resident you must have your out-of-state vehicle inspected prior to registering it in HI. Used vehicles must be inspected annually and new vehicles must be inspected 2 years after the initial safety inspection.

    Continue reading this page to learn more about the vehicle safety inspection requirements in Hawaii.

    NOTE: There are currently no smog check requirements in Hawaii.

    New to Hawaii?

    If you're bringing your vehicle from out of state to Hawaii, you'll need to have it registered with your county DMV office. In addition to other documents, you'll need to provide a safety inspection certificate.

    Visit our Car Registration in Hawaii page for a complete list of requirements.

    Inspection Requirements & Exemptions

    In Hawaii, all vehicles must undergo periodic safety inspections:

    • Used vehicles: annually.
    • New vehicles: 2 years after the initial inspection, and then annually after that.

    You will need to have your vehicle inspected in order to:

    • Register your vehicle.
    • Renew your registration.
    • Transfer your out-of-state vehicle registration to Hawaii.

    Complete a Safety Inspection in HI

    To have your vehicle safety inspected in Hawaii, take it to an authorized service station, auto repair shop, or authorized dealership. A certified inspector will check for any failures in your vehicle, including the following parts:

    • Steering component.
    • Fuel system.
    • Headlamps.
    • Mirrors.
    • Speedometer.
    • Odometer.
    • Doors.
    • Seat belts.

    In addition to checking the mechanical components of your vehicle, the safety inspector will also confirm that you have:

    • No-fault insurance coverage.
    • A valid registration card.
    • Valid license plates (not damaged or illegible).

    Remember to bring your Hawaii insurance card and registration card with you to the inspection station. The minimum fee for a safety inspection, set by the Department of Transportation, is $19.19.

    NOTE: If you have a reconstructed vehicle, you will need to provide a bill of sale or receipt for any parts that have been added.

    Passing the Safety Inspection

    If your vehicle passes the safety inspection, a sticker will be affixed to your vehicle and you will be given hard copy inspection certificates.

    Your safety inspection information will also be updated in the Hawaii motor vehicle database available for DMV staff to search. (May take up to 4 months to be entered into the system.)

    NOTE: You should still bring your safety inspection certificate to the HI DMV office when you register your vehicle or renew your registration, in case the database has not been updated.

    Failed HI Safety Inspections

    If the safety inspector finds defects within your vehicle, you will need to have repairs made and have it re-inspected.

    The HI safety inspector will provide you with a list of defects that need to be fixed.

    About Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections

    The Hawaii Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI) program was put in place to ensure all vehicles used on Hawaii's public highways are safe and to essentially reduce the number of accidents caused by mechanical faults.

    Safety inspection technicians in Hawaii are required to review their practices and facilities periodically to ensure compliance with the HI vehicle safety provisions and laws.

    If you have any questions about you safety inspection and results, ask a qualified safety inspector.

    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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