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    Applying for a Teen License in Hawaii

    If you’re a teenager applying for a new driver’s license, you’ll need to satisfy the requirements of the Hawaii graduated driver licensing (GDL) program.

    The GDL program will provide you with the driving instruction and practice necessary to build safe, responsible driving habits and gain enough experience to pass your DMV driving test.

    On this page you’ll find information about the Hawaii DMV GDL requirements and the steps you’ll need to take to get your first unrestricted driver’s license.

    Hawaii Graduated Licensing Program

    If you are younger than 18 years old and are applying for your first driver’s license, you’ll need to satisfy the requirements of the Hawaii graduated driver licensing program.

    The Hawaii DMV’s GDL program is divided into the following phases:

    • Instruction permit, which allows:
      • Supervised driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
      • Supervised driving with your parent/guardian at any time.
    • Provisional driver’s license, which allows:
      • No more than 1 passenger younger than 18 years old, unless he or she is a family member.
      • Unsupervised driving between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
      • Driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a parent/guardian, OR when traveling to or from work/school with a signed statement.
    • Unrestricted driver’s license.

    Age Requirements

    The minimum ages to begin each phase of the Hawaii GDL program are as follows:

    • Learner’s permit: 15 1/2 years old.
    • Provisional license: 16 years old.
    • Full, unrestricted driver’s license: 17 years old.

    Hawaii Learner’s Permit

    You can begin the first steps of the Hawaii GDL program when you are least 15 1/2 years old by obtaining your learner’s permit and completing Driver’s Ed.

    For more information on the Hawaii driver’s education requirement, please see our Driver’s Ed in Hawaii page.

    To apply for your HI learner’s permit, you’ll need to visit your local Hawaii DMV office with your parent/guardian and:

    • Complete a Driver’s License Application.
    • Provide proof of your name, birth date, Social Security number, and legal presence.
    • Pass a vision exam.
    • Pass the DMV written test.
    • Pay the Hawaii learner's permit fee. Fees may vary by county.

    You must hold your learner’s permit for at least 180 days and complete HI driver’s education before moving on to the next steps of the GDL program.

    Learner’s Permit Driving Restrictions

    With your learner’s permit, you can:

    • Drive with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
    • Drive with your parent/guardian at any time.

    Hawaii Provisional Driver’s License

    You will be eligible for a provisional driver’s license once you:

    • Are at least 16 years old.
    • Have held your learner's permit for at least 180 days.
    • Have completed driver’s education.

    To obtain your provisional driver’s license, you’ll need to schedule and pass a driving test at your local Hawaii DMV office.

    To take your DMV road test and earn your provisional license, you’ll need to:

    • Provide a vehicle in safe condition with its current registration, safety inspection, and proof of insurance documents.
    • Be accompanied by a licensed adult.
    • Provide your valid Hawaii learner’s permit.
    • Pay the provisional license fee. (Fees may vary by county.)

    You must hold your provisional driver’s license for at least 6 months before moving on to obtain your unrestricted driver’s license.

    Provisional License Driving Restrictions

    Your provisional driver’s license allows you to drive:

    • With no more than 1 passenger younger than 18 years old, unless he or she is a family member.
    • Unsupervised between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
    • Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a parent/guardian OR when traveling to or from work/school. You must have a statement signed by your parent/guardian or employer.

    Full Unrestricted Hawaii Driver's License

    Once you are at least 17 years old and have held your provisional license for at least 6 months, you can upgrade to an unrestricted driver’s license. You’ll need to visit your local Hawaii DMV and:

    • Provide your provisional license.
    • Pay the driver license fee. Fees may vary by county.

    Congratulations! You’re now a fully licensed Hawaii driver. Just remember – be sure to follow the rules of the road and drive with caution and courtesy at all times.

    If you want to track your progress towards your driver's license, you can use our new license checklist.

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