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Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division

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Division Head: Naomi O'Dell, VRL Administrator

Emailvehiclerl@hawaiicounty.gov

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

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.

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON REOPENING OFFICES

The Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division will be reopening all offices, with the exception of the Waimea VRL office, for limited in-person services beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. 

VRL offices in Pahoa, Hilo and Kona will be open for limited services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The Naʻalehu (Ka'u) office will be opened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only.  The Waimea VRL office will remain closed until further notice.

Operations will be modified to ensure the safety of both customers and employees.  Face coverings must be worn and customers must adhere to the recommended 6-foot social distancing.  Only those customers receiving services will be allowed inside the lobby and minors or those needing additional assistance may have one additional person accompany them if needed.  Walk-ins are welcomed but will be subject to daily limits based on the availability of staffing and the estimated transaction processing time.  Appointments can be made here

In anticipation of higher demand upon the initial reopening, the Vehicle Registration & Licensing offices will be limiting transactions to the following:

  • Renewals of driverʻs licenses and State IDs that are either expired or will be expiring within the next 30 days.
  • Initial driverʻs license (such as out of state licenses), permits and state identification;
  • Replacement of lost driverʻs license, permit, or state identification.

Due to health and safety concerns road tests will not reopen and will continue to be closed. 

Due to the high volume of calls and emails we are receiving in office, we ask that you allow 48 to 72 hours for a response. 

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.

If you wish you may renew your license by mail.  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.

If you wish, you may renew your State ID by mail.  To be eligible to renew your state identification by mail, you must be at least 80 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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