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DIVISION HEAD:  Naomi O’Dell, VRL Administrator


Motor Vehicle Registration, Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 5, Hilo, HI  96720
For information on vehicle registration - (808) 961-8351

Driver’s License & PMVI, 349 Kapiolani Street, Hilo, HI  96720
For information on driver license, state identification, CDL and taxi permits - (808) 961-2222
For information on safety check inspections and taxi cab inspections - (808) 961-2320

Pahoa Vehicle Registration & Licensing, 15-2615 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Pahoa, HI  96778
For information on motor vehicle registration and driver’s license - (808) 965-2721


Kona Vehicle Registration & Licensing, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI  96740
For information on motor vehicle registration, driver license, state identification - (808) 323-4818
For information on road test appointments, CDL, and state identification - (808) 323-4800
For information on safety check inspections, taxi driver permits and taxi inspections - (808) 323-4811

Waimea Vehicle Registration & Licensing Office, Waimea Center, 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ste 1-A, Kamuela, HI  96743 (old Kamuela Deli site)
For information on motor vehicle registration, driver license and road test appointments
Telephone - (808) 881-3488

Ka‘ū Driver License, Na‘alehu Police Station, 95-5355 Mamalahoa Highway, Na‘alehu, HI  96772 
Opened on Tuesday and Wednesday (by appointment only)
For information on driver license, road test appointments, and state identification - (808) 854-7214

DESCRIPTION:  We at the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division ,commonly referred to as the department of motor vehicles (DMV), are committed to providing quality customer service.  We are responsible for motor vehicle registration and licensing, various county business licenses, bicycle and moped registration, driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, safety check inspections through the periodic motor vehicle inspection program, taxicab driver’s permit and inspections and the issuance of State of Hawaii identification cards.


HOURS OF OPERATION:  For location and hours of service for all offices please click on the General Information links below.  Office hours are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances and may close earlier than the posted hour.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

CORRESPONDENCE:  Address all correspondence to the respective Hilo Office - For Driver’s License inquiries and requests, 349 Kapiolani Street, Hilo, HI  96720; For Motor Vehicle Registration renewals, inquiries, new vehicle registration, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 5, Hilo, HI  96720.

Driver’s Licensing Section

**State ID’s are available at the Hilo, Kona and Waimea Offices only

***Limited Purpose Instruction Permit, Provisional Driver License and Driver’s License are available at the Hilo and Kona Offices effective January 4, 2016.

Correspondence:  Please address all correspondence to:  VRL-Driver License, 349 Kapiolani St., Hilo, HI 96720.

Vehicle Registration Section

Correspondence:  Please address all correspondence to:  VRL-Motor Vehicle Registration, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 5, Hilo, HI  96720.  We are unable to process mailed in transactions at the Pahoa, Waimea and Kona VRL offices.

Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection Section

  • Hawai‘i law requires all motor vehicles to undergo a safety inspection once a year.
  • Inspections are conducted at automobile dealerships, service stations and garages. 
  • To insure inspection technicians are complying with the state’s many safety provisions, motor vehicle inspectors conduct periodic reviews of their practices and facilities. 
  • Inspectors also investigate complaints regarding Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections. 
  • The PMVI program ensures uniformity of periodic inspections as well as contributing to the safety of all highway users by reducing accidents due to mechanical defects on vehicles. 
  • There are about 250 active licensed inspection technicians and about 132 inspection stations in the county of Hawai‘i. 
  • Four Motor Vehicle Inspectors and two Clerks currently staff the program on the island of Hawai‘i.
  • When safety inspections are completed by inspection stations, the safety inspection information is updated electronically into the Statewide database.  Updates may take up to 48 hours to reflect current safety inspection expiration date.
  • All vehicles applying for registration in the County of Hawaii must be in compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Standards as of the date of manufacture as required by Hawaii Revised Statutes 286-42.  Non-compliant vehicles such as off road motorcycles, off road motor vehicles (including ATVs), and some military vehicles, imported vehicles, kit cars and modified vehicles may not be registered in the County of Hawaii.  Contact the Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection Section directly for more information or assistance.
  • Periodic Inspection Component List

Taxicab Rules and Regulations Section

State of Hawai‘i Motor Vehicle Web site

Public Service Survey

Customer Service Survey Form