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Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division

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Division Head: Naomi O'Dell, VRL Administrator

For information on driver's license renewals by mail, please email

To make a road test appointment, please email

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.

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 Hawaiʻi identification cards.


The Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division has closed all of its office locations to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus within Hawaiʻi County.  If you were scheduled for a road test appointment we will re-schedule your appointment when our offices are opened for business.

The REAL ID enforcement deadline of October 1, 2020 has been extended.  The new REAL ID enforcement deadline is October 1, 2021.  At this time, travelers are able to use their current REAL ID compliant credential with no gold star to travel after October 1, 2020.

Safety Check Inspections

All expired safety check inspections will be valid through May 31, 2020.  An expired safety inspection will not stop the registration of a vehicle.

Registration Renewals

There are alternative ways to renew your vehicle registration without coming into our office:

  1. Mail in your renewal (we will renew your vehicle with an expired safety): 
    101 Pauahi Street, Suite 5
    Hilo, Hawai'i  96720
  2. Use one of our Renewal Kiosks located at the Hilo or Kona Safeway and Waimea Foodland
  3. Use the online application form

Special Note:  Currently the renewal kiosks and online application will not accept expired safety inspections.  We are working on removing the safety inspection requirement.  Please check back to this website for further updates.


Driver's license, State ID's, Commercial Driver's License expiring March 23rd through May 15 will be considered valid in the State of Hawaii for an additional 90-days.  This includes all instructional permits for all license categories.

Expired Medical Examiner's certificate and hazardous materials endorsements has also been extended till 5/15/20.

Expired Taxi Permits have been extended till 5/15/20.

To be eligible to renew your driver's license by mail, you must possess a current Hawai'i driver's license issued on or after May 1, 2014 and all required documents and legal presence has been met.

To be eligible to renew your state identification by mail, you must be at least 72 years of age or older, possess a current state identification card issued on or after May 1, 2014, and all required documents and legal presence has been met.  

We apologize for the inconvenience. 


Driver's Licensing

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

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

Vehicle Registration

Motor Vehicle Inspection

  • Hawaiʻi 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, Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi.
  • Four Motor Vehicle Inspectors and two Clerks currently staff the program on the island of Hawaiʻi.
  • 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 Hawaiʻi must be in compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of manufacture as required by Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi. Contact the Motor Vehicle Control Inspection Section (PMVI) directly for more information or assistance.
  • Safety Inspection Component List

Taxicab Rules & Regulations

State of Hawaiʻi Motor Vehicle Website

Public Service Survey

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