The registration of all vehicles in Hawaii must be renewed every year in the county where the vehicle is registered and being driven.
Renewal application forms are mailed to the registered owner approximately 45 days before the vehicle’s registration expiration date, to the last address on file.
If your renewal application indicates that you have outstanding traffic violations, you are required to submit an outstanding violation clearance letter for that vehicle before your application can be processed. To obtain the outstanding violation clearance letter, contact the traffic violation bureau at the following locations: Hale Kaulike Courthouse, 777 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo; Keahuolu Courthouse, 74-5451 Kamakaeha Avenue, Kailua-Kona; or at the Waimea Civic Center, 67-5187 Kamamalu Street, Kamuela.
A copy of your current vehicle safety inspection certificate is needed if noted on your renewal form.
To renew your registration please mail the renewal application form, along with your payment for the amount indicated. Do not mail in cash.
Renewals must be postmarked no later than 10 working days before the end of the expiration date.
If you did not receive your renewal application by mail, you may renew in person and provide a photocopy of your current certificate of registration and current vehicle inspection certificate. Registration personnel will determine total fees due. If you have unpaid traffic citations you may be required to submit an outstanding violations clearance letter.
If there is an address error on your renewal application or on your current certificate of registration, line out the incorrect address and print your correct address before submitting these documents for renewal.
Effective August 1, 2009 failure to renew your registration on time will result in a penalty of $16 for passenger vehicles ($8 County Tax Penalty Fee plus $8 State Tax Penalty Fee) and $40 for commercial vehicles ($20 County Tax Penalty Fee plus $20 State Tax Penalty Fee) per year.
Other renewal options available include renewing through our online application or visiting one of our Registration Renewal Kiosks locations:
Hilo Safeway Store - 381 E Maka'ala Street, Hilo, Hawai'i
Kona Safeway Store - 75-1027 Henry Street, Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i
Waimea Foodland, Parker Ranch Center, 67-1185 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, Hawai'i
Waimea VRL Office - 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 1-A, Kamuela, Hawai'i
COVID-19 CLOSURES - Due to the emergency proclamation issued by the Governor and Mayor Kim, all Vehicle Registration offices are closed. Renewals are currently being completed through mail, online and at renewal kiosks. Expired Safety inspection certificates and decals have been extended and considered valid from March 15, through May 31, 2020. If your safety inspection is expired, you are able to renew your vehicle registration by mail or by using any of our other renewal options.