Hawaii State ID Card FAQs

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  • Can I mail in my documents so they can be reviewed and approved prior to my renewal of my Hawaii State Identification Card?

    No. Customers may not mail documents to the DMV for review. Documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address is required at the time of renewal application. Those eligible to renew their Hawaii State Identification Card by mail will be provided renewal instructions.

  • I am a foreign born applicant holding a valid Hawaii State Identification Card. I also own a business in the U.S. (mainland). Can I renew my Hawaii State Identification Card by mail?

    No. You must renew in person and present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, legal presence and proof of principal residence address.

  • I am temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. Can I renew my Hawaii State Identification Card by mail?

    No. You must renew in person and present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address.

  • I am temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. How often will I have to present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address?

    Applicants who are temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. are required to present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address when applying for an initial or renewal of a Hawaii State Identification Card.

  • I lost my Hawaii State Identification Card and I would like to apply for a duplicate. Am I required to present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number and legal presence?

    No. Documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address is not required when applying for a duplicate Hawaii State Identification Card.

  • I want to submit my State certified birth certificate for proof of legal name, date of birth & legal presence. The names on some of my documentation match, but on other documentation the names differ. Will this be sufficient?

    The name on your Hawaii State Identification Card must match the name on the document you present for proof of legal name, date of birth and legal presence. In this scenario, you will be required to present documentary proof of a legal name change from your birth name to the name on your Hawaii State Identification Card. You will also be required to provide proof of principal residence address.

  • I was born in a foreign country and am adopted by my parents who are U.S. citizens. What documents do I need to prove legal name, date of birth and legal status in order to obtain a Hawaii State Identification Card?

    In addition to proof of your social security number, you will need to provide your adoption documents and your parents’ proof of citizenship.

  • I will be renewing my Hawaii State Identification Card soon. I was born at home and do not have a birth certificate. I have no living relative to confirm who I am. Can I provide something else?

    Documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address must be established in order to process your Hawaii State Identification Card renewal application. A Hawaii State Identification Card may be renewed as early as six months before its expiration date. Therefore, it is recommended that you give yourself sufficient time to renew within the six month period before your card expires. For further information, please visit the appropriate county website where you intend to renew your card or call for further assistance.

    • City & County of Honolulu: (808) 532-7730
    • County of Hawaii: (808) 961-2222
    • County of Kauai: (808) 241-4242
    • County of Maui: (808) 270-7363
  • If the documents I submit at the time of renewal are not acceptable, will I be provided with more information on other forms that you will accept?

    Yes. Your County DMV staff will assist you through this new process.

  • Immigration has acknowledged receipt of my application. I am still waiting for my immigration documents to be processed. How will my pending status affect my eligibility to obtain a Hawaii State Identification Card?

    Your DMV representative will review your documents and provide you with further assistance.

  • My birth certificate was obtained the year after I was born. Is it acceptable as proof of identification?

    State certified birth certificates are accepted as documentary proof of legal name, date of birth and legal presence.

  • My documents are very old, delicate and difficult to read. Should I bring those documents in to prove my identity?

    Yes. Present the documents you have. Your DMV representative will carefully review your documents to determine acceptability and provide you with further assistance.

  • My father was in the military and I was born out of country. I lost my documents verifying birth abroad and do not have a U.S. passport. What can I bring in to prove I am a U.S. citizen and to prove my identity?

    Please refer to the List of Acceptable Documents – Hawaii Driver’s License & Hawaii State Identification Card.

  • My Hawaii birth certificate shows my birth name and my Hawaii State Identification Card shows my married name. Am I required to present additional proof of legal name?

    Yes. You are required to present an original or certified copy of your certificate of marriage and your Hawaii birth certificate. Your Hawaii birth certificate will prove your legal name (at birth), date of birth and legal presence and your certificate of marriage will establish your name change from your birth name to your married name which appears on your Hawaii State Identification Card.

  • Once legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address are established, will I need to provide the documents again at the time of my next renewal?

    Applicants who are temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. are required to present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address when applying for an initial or renewal Hawaii State Identification Card. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and aliens admitted for permanent residence status in the U.S. will not need to provide documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address until their second renewal.

  • What documents are considered to be legal and admissible?

    Documents presented for proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number and legal presence must be valid originals or certified copies. Photo copies or faxed copies of proof documents are not acceptable. Please refer to the List of Acceptable Documents – Hawaii Driver’s License & Hawaii State Identification Card.

  • Will I qualify for a Hawaii State Identification Card a day before the expiration of my legal status?

    Yes, provided that documentary proof for legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address is verified. However, the expiration date of your Hawaii State Identification Card will be based on the expiration of your legal stay.