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COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING GENERAL INFORMATION
The Commercial Driver Licensing Section is an agency with the Department of Finance, Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division.
Office Locations & Hours of Operation:
Hilo Driver Licensing Office
Kona Driver Licensing Office
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Driver License Fees
|General Knowledge Test (Pass or Fail)||15.00|
|Special Knowledge Test (Pass or Fail)||5.00|
|Practical Skills Test||50.00|
|CDL $5 per year or a fraction thereof|
|New License 1 year||5.00|
|New License 2 years (Age 72 and above)||10.00|
|New License 4 years (Age 21 – 24)||20.00|
|New License 8 years (Age 25 – 71)||40.00|
|License Renewal 1 year||5.00|
|License Renewal (Age 72 and above)||10.00|
|License Renewal (Age 21-24)||20.00|
|License Renewal (Age 25 – 71)||40.00|
Form of Payment:
- Personal Check
- Money Order
- Cashier’s Check
We do not accept credit, debit or bank cards.
Commercial Learner’s Permits
Documents Required to Apply for a Commercial Learner’s Permit
Hawai`i State Driver’s License
Social Security Card or SSA Verification Letter
Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (refer to List of Acceptable Documents)
Two (2) documents for Proof of Residence (refer to List of Acceptable Documents)
Requirements to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit
- Complete the CDL Application DOT 4-764 MVS (07/15)
- Fulfill document requirements listed above
- Successfully complete General Knowledge test
- Successfully complete any required Special Knowledge test relevant to testing vehicle
CDL Practical Test Location and Requirements
South Hilo Practical Tests are held Monday through Friday. Kona Practical Tests are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. To schedule an appointment, the applicant must apply in person and pay a $50 Practical Test Fee.
Bring the following to the road test site:
- A valid Hawai‘i Driver License
- A valid permit representative to the class of vehicle you will be operating (A, B, or C)
- A valid DOT Medical Certificate
- Original and valid Certificate of Registration
- Original and valid DOT Vehicle Inspection
- Original and valid motor vehicle insurance identification card or self-insured certificate
Commercial vehicles that are exempt from DOT vehicle inspection must present DOT exemption form. Applicant must be accompanied by a licensed driver with a same class or higher license, representative to the testing vehicel or higher with proper endorsements and a valid DOT Medical Certificate. Proper attire and footwear must be worn for testing. Use of slippers is not allowed.
CDL Practical Test Description
Applicant must pay a $50 fee for the Practical Test at the time of scheduling; Applicant must pass the three (3) part Practical Test on the same day. The Practical Test consists of a Vehicle Inspection, Basic Controls Skills Test, and a Road Test. Failure of the air brake test is an automatic failure of the Practical Test. The Practical Test will be terminated at that point. If the applicant fails to pass the Practical Test or fails to show up for the Practical Test, there is no refund. The $50 fee is for the complete three (3) part Practical Test. If any part of the test is failed, the applicant must reschedule a Practical Test by paying the $50 Practical Test fee.
Any vehicle that has components marked or labeled (placarded) cannot be used for the Practical Test.
Hawaii defines a Class A vehicle as it is defined in the FMCSR and 286-2, HRS, which is as follows: “Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GCWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.”
The maximum time for the Practical Test of a Class A vehicle is two (2) hours. The maximum time for a Class B or lower is one and one-half (1.5) hours.
No memory aids are allowed during the Practical Test.
Applicant must wear a seat belt while performing the Basic Controls Skills Test.
School bus doors must be closed when performing the Basic Controls Skills Test.
Hawaii uses the random (partial) method of conducting the Vehicle Inspection and the Basic Controls Skills Test maneuvers.
During the Basic Controls Skills Test, the applicant is allowed one time per exercise to exit the vehicle to check positioning. At the beginning of the Basic Control Skills Test, the applicant will be informed about exiting and entering the vehicle safely, which includes placing the vechicle into neutral/park and setting the parking brake(s). Exit and enter trucks while facing the vehicle, maintaining three (3) points of contact at all times. If the applicant exits in an unsafe manner, the applicant will be informed again of his/her responsibility to exit the vehicle safely. If the applicant exits the vehicle in an unsafe manner a second time (including not securing the vehicle), an additional ten (10) points will be deducted for that exercise for failure to follow instructions. Bus drivers do not need to exit backwards, but must hold onto the rails as they exit.
If the applicant fails to follow instructions, ten (10) additional points will be deducted from his/her score for that exercise. For example, if the applicant had two (2) points deducted prior to not following instructions, then the points deducted for that exercise will total 12.
If the applicant accumulates thirteen (13) or more points during the Basic Controls Skills Test, the Practical Test be will be terminated and marked as failed. The applicant will need to reschedule the Practical Test by paying the $50 Practical Test fee.
Hawaii allows simulated railroad crossing and student discharge during the Road Test.
Converting a Commercial Learner’s Permit to a Commercial Driver License
Applicant must return to the Driver License office within 48 hours after completion of the Practical Test to complete the licensing process.
- Present applicant voucher
- Surrender your Hawai‘i Driver’s License and Commercial Learner’s Permit
- Your driving status must be clear
- Pay required fees for new license
- Present required documents (if needed)
- Hazardous Material Written Exam
- Social Security Card or SSA Verification Letter
- Valid DOT Medical Certificate
- Two (2) documents for Proof of Residence (refer to List of Acceptable Documents)
- Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (refer to List of Acceptable Documents)
- Obtain TSA Clearance (valid for 5 years)
- Apply through http://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov or by calling the TSA help desk at 877-429-7746.
- Electronic fingerprint appointments can be made by calling 808-961-2224
- South Hilo - First Saturday of every month
- Kona - Third Friday of every month
2005 Testing Model (2010) commercial Driver License Manual available for $9.00 at the Hilo and Kona Driver’s Licensing Offices.
Effective April 12, 2010, the penalties for convictions of Violation of an Out-of-Service order changed as shown below:
Violating Out-of-Service Orders
- Driving while out of service order is in effect and transporting 16 or more passengers, including the driver and/or transporting hazardous materials that require a placard.
- General driving while out of service order is in effect.
|For a conviction in a HAZMAT CMV and/or a Passenger CMV|
|1st conviction||180 days to 2 year disqualification|
|2nd conviction of a separate incident of an offense in this table during a 10-year period||3 to 5 year disqualification|
|3rd or subsequent conviction of a separate incident of an offense in this table, during a 10-year period||3 to 5 year disqualification|
|For a conviction in a CMV that was not a Passenger CMV or a HAZMAT CMV|
|1st conviction||180 days to 1 year disqualification|
|2nd or subsequent conviction of a separate incident of an offense in this table during a 10-year period||2 to 5 year disqualification|
Proof of Name and Date of Birth
- Valid, unexpired Out-of-State, U.S. territorial or Canadian driver’s license
- Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
- Valid, unexpired Foreign passport with appropriate Immigration Document(s)
- U.S. Immigration and Naturalization documents
- Alien registration/refugee identification card
- Valid, unexpired State of Hawai‘i identification card with photo
- U.S. Government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Proof of Social Security Number
- Social Security card in name of applicant (no copies or metal plates). Need a Social Security card: http://ssa.gov/ssnumber.
- Valid Driver’s license with social security number and photo
- Valid State of Hawaii identification card with social security number and photo
- Valid Military identification card with social security number
- Medicare identification card with suffix “A”, “M”, “T” or “TA”
- W-2 tax form issued from previous year
Proof of Name Change
- Certified marriage certificate, displaying name change
- State issued marriage certificate with seal
- Certified divorce decree displaying name change
- Certified decree of name change issued by the courts or Lt. Governor’s Office, State of Hawai‘i.
Proof of State of Domicile – Two (2) documents required:
Note: Present any two of the following documents that contain the applicant’s name and the address of the applicant’s State of Domicile.
- Vehicle registration or Title issued at least 30 days before the application date
- Valid Driver’s License issued at least 30 days before the application date
- Voter Notification Postcard (yellow card) or other mail addressed to the applicant from a government or medical entity
- Utility bill with the applicant’s name and address not more than 2 months old
- Checking or savings account statement not more than 2 months old
- Payroll check or check stub with applicant’s name and address issued by an employer within 2 months of the application date
- Mortgage account or proof of home ownership
- Residential Rental or Time-Share Agreement for six (6) months or more (Month-to-month agreements will not be accepted)
- United States income tax return, W-2 form or 1099 SSA benefits form from the previous year
- Hawai`i income tax return or W-2 form from the previous year
- Receipt for personal property taxes paid to a County within the State of Hawai`i within the last year
- For an individual claiming that the individual had no income to file a tax return and is receiving State welfare assistance, a document from the Hawai`i State Department of Human Services dated not more than ninety (90) days prior to the application for a driver’s license or commercial driver’s license certifying that the individual is receiving State of Hawai`i public assistance
- Medical card issued by a health insurance agency with applicant’s name and address
- Documentation dated not more than ninety (90) days prior to making application that the individual is receiving State of Hawai`i public assistance
- Current Property Tax assessment form
- Department of Taxation Form A-6, application for tax clearance with applicant’s name and address
- In areas where a number and street name have not been assigned for United States mail delivery, an address convention used by the United States Postal Service is acceptable
- Spouse or parent residential affidavit, provided the spouse or parent’s residential address can be verified
Proof of Citizenship – Required for Hazardous Materials Endorsement
- Valid U.S. Passport
- Certificate of birth that bears an official seal and was issued by a State, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession of the United States
- Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State (Form FS-545 or DS 1350)
Lawful Permanent Resident
- Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)
- Lawful Permanent Resident
- Permanent Resident Card, Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
- Temporary I-551 stamp in foreign passport
- Temporary I-551 stamp on Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, with photograph of the bearer
- Reentry Permit (Form I-327)