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Renewing a License While Out of State

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Renewal by Mail

Federal and State laws do not allow for the renewal by mail of a driver’s license when legal presence has not yet been established. Pursuant to 6 CFR §37.11 each person applying for a State of Hawai’i Real ID compliant driver’s license issued by our Division must physically appear in person at an authorized licensing office for a mandatory photo and with appropriate documentation to establish legal presence in order to legally issue a compliant driver’s license. After legal presence is established (renewed after 5/1/14), subsequent renewals may then be allowed by a mail-in process. If you do not qualify for a real ID compliant license, you may apply for a limited purpose driver’s license. A Limited Purpose Driver’s License provides you with the authority to operate a motor vehicle for the category you are licensed for. It cannot be used for identification purposes and is not acceptable for official Federal purposes. View more information about a Limited Purpose Driver’s License.

If you meet the above requirements, you must send a request to renew by mail or email to Your request must contain the following information:

  • Your name as it appears on your current driver’s license;
  • Your social security number or driver’s license number;
  • Your date of birth;
  • A phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached;
  • An address where you can receive mail;
  • Your signature as it appears on your license.

The processing of your license may be delayed if any of the above information is missing. Upon clearance with the National Drivers Registry, a renewal packet will be mailed to you to complete and return to us. You may renew six (6) months prior to license expiration date.

Active Military

Active duty military personnel and their dependents whose driver’s license expired while they were deployed out-of-country have the benefit of having their driver’s license valid for ninety days (with proper military discharge orders) after they return to the United States.

Out of State

If you have relocated to another state, you may wish to check with your local jurisdiction in order to meet the criteria of your local Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a local State license.

You are required to provide 2 documents proving your principle residence within the State of Hawai’i. If you will be using an out of state mailing address, you must provide 1 document with the out of state address in addition to the 2 documents with Hawai’i address.

Out of Country

Individuals renewing while out of country must provide a self addressed prepaid registered mail envelope when returning your completed packet for the return of your documents and permanent license.”

Request Submittal

Requests for license renewals may be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Department of Finance
Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division
Driver License Section
349 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, HI 96720

Fax: (808) 961-8861