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Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division

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Division Head:  Naomi O'Dell, VRL Administrator 

The Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division ,commonly referred to as the department of motor vehicles (DMV), is responsible for motor vehicle registration and licensing,  driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, various county business licenses, bicycle and moped registration, 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.

Email: vehiclerl@hawaiicounty.gov

Hours: 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.



Driver's Licensing

**State ID’s are processed 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.


Vehicle Registration


Motor Vehicle Inspection

  • Hawai‘i law requires all motor vehicles to undergo a safety inspection once a year.
  • Inspections are conducted at Certified Safety Inspection Stations.
  • To insure inspection technicians and inspection stations are complying with the state’s many safety provisions, Hawai'i County Motor Vehicle Inspectors conduct periodic reviews of their practices and facilities.
  • Motor Vehicle Control Inspectors also investigate complaints regarding Safety Inspections, inspect motor vehicles for legal conformity, verify and assign vehicle identification numbers, inspect and document special interest vehicles and custom/rebuilt motor vehicles and perform investigations for Motor Vehicle Registration.
  • The motor vehicle safety inspection program ensures uniformity of safety inspections as well as contributing to the safety of all highway users by reducing accidents due to mechanical defects on vehicles.
  • There are about 340 active certified safety inspectors and about 140 certified safety 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 Safety 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 Motor Vehicle Control Inspection Section (PMVI) directly for more information or assistance.
  • Safety Inspection Component List

Taxicab Rules and Regulations


State of Hawai‘i Motor Vehicle Website


Public Service Survey

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