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New requirements for Hawaii drivers licenses

New requirements for Hawaii drivers licenses

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Beginning Monday, March 5, the state Department of Transportation and all county driver license offices will implement Legal Presence Act mandated by Act 38, Session laws of Hawaii 2010, which will affect drivers licensing requirements statewide. Below is a full list of requirements and answers to frequently asked questions about the Legal Presence requirement.

About Hawaii’s Legal Presence Law

Effective March 5, 2012, anyone applying for an original or renewal of their Hawaii driver’s license or permit must show proof of legal presence in the U.S.

Legal presence means that a person is either a U.S. citizen or is legally authorized to be in the United States.

Act 38, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010, prohibits the issuance of a Hawaii driver’s license to any person that is not legally in the United States and limits the term of the issued licenses only for the period that the applicant is temporarily authorized to be in the United States.

Legal Presence Affects Everyone

Legal presence requirements affect anyone applying for a Hawaii driver’s license, including U.S. citizens and foreign-born applicants, those applying for a learner’s permit, and permit holders passing their road test to obtain a driver’s license. Legal presence also applies to anyone who has just moved to Hawaii from another state or country, and anyone renewing their Hawaii driver’s license or permit.

Proof of legal presence will be required from:

Applicants applying for an original Hawaii driver’s license. Anyone who has never held or is re-applying for a Hawaii driver’s license must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.

Applicants renewing their Hawaii driver’s license. Anyone who renews their Hawaii driver’s license must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and aliens admitted for permanent residence status in the U.S. will need to provide proof of legal presence documents every second renewal.

Drivers reinstating their driving privilege because of a license revocation or cancellation.

Customers whose license or permit to drive has been revoked or cancelled must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.

Drivers who have allowed their license to expire. Anyone who lets his driver’s license expire, even by just one day, must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Permit holders when they pass their road test and obtain a Hawaii driver’s license. All permit holders must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Drivers converting their Hawaii provisional driver’s license to a full driver’s license. All license holders who convert from a provisional to a full license must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.

Proof of legal presence will NOT be required from:
Applicants applying for a duplicate Hawaii driver’s license or permit.
Temporary Legal Length of Stay – Limited Duration Driver’s Licenses or Permits
Persons who are authorized by the federal government to be present temporarily in the U.S. will be issued limited duration driver’s licenses or permits.

Frequently Asked Questions – Legal Presence

I am temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. How often will I have to present my proof of legal presence?

Applicants who are temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. are required to present proof of legal presence when applying for an initial or renewal of a Hawaii driver’s license or permit.

I am temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. Can I renew my driver’s license or permit by mail?

No. You must renew in person and present proof of legal presence.

Once legal presence is 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 proof of legal presence when applying for an initial or renewal driver’s license or permit. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and aliens admitted for permanent residence status in the U.S. will not need to provide the legal presence documents until their second renewal.

I lost my Hawaii driver’s license and I would like to apply for a duplicate. Am I required to present proof of legal presence?

No. Proof of legal presence is not required when applying for a duplicate driver’s license.

Can I mail in my legal presence documents so they can be reviewed and approved prior to my renewal of my Hawaii driver’s license?

No. Customers may not mail documents to the DMV for review. Proof of legal presence is required at the time of renewal application. Those wishing to renew their driver’s license by mail will be provided renewal instructions.

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 do their best to assist you through this new process.

Will I qualify for a Hawaii driver’s license a day before the expiration of my legal status?

Yes. However, the expiration date of your Hawaii driver’s license will be based on the expiration of your legal stay.

I will be renewing my Hawaii driver’s license 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?

Proof of legal presence must be established in order to process your driver’s license renewal application. A Hawaii driver’s license 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 license expires. There are other legal documents you may have that the DMV may accept in lieu of your birth certificate. For further information, please visit the appropriate county website where you intend to renew your license or call for further assistance.

* County of Hawaii: (808) 961-2222
* C & C of Honolulu: (808) 532-7730
* County of Kauai: (808) 241-4242
* County of Maui: (808) 270-7363

My Hawaii birth certificate shows my birth name and my driver’s license shows my married name. Am I required to present additional proof of legal presence?

Yes. You will need to present your certificate of marriage and your Hawaii birth certificate. Your Hawaii birth certificate will prove your legal presence and your certificate of marriage will establish your name change from your birth name to your married name which appears on your driver’s license.

I currently have a valid Hawaii instruction permit. Will I need to present proof of legal presence when I pass my road test?

Yes. Since the road test is part of the application process for an original Hawaii driver’s license, all instruction permit holders will be required to present proof of legal presence before the original driver’s license can be issued.

What documents are considered to be legal and admissible?

Documents presented for proof of identity, legal presence and social security number 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.

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.

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

State certified birth certificates are accepted as proof of identification.

I want to submit my State certified birth certificate for proof of legal presence. The names of my social security card and my out-of-state driver’s license match. The name on my State certified birth certificate is different from the name on my driver’s license. Will this be sufficient?

The name on your driver’s license must match the name on the document you present for proof of legal presence. In this scenario, you will be required to present proof of name change from your birth name to the name on your driver’s license.

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 driver’s license?

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

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 status in order to obtain a driver’s license?

You will need to provide your adoption documents and you parents’ proof of citizenship.

I was born in a foreign country and am currently a member of the U.S. Military. Is my U.S. Military ID acceptable for legal presence?

Yes. A valid U.S. military ID card is acceptable proof of legal presence.

I am a dependent of a member of the U.S. military. Is my U.S. Military ID acceptable for legal presence?

Yes. A valid U.S. military ID card is acceptable proof of legal presence.

I am a retiree from the U.S. Military. Is my U.S. Military ID acceptable for legal presence?

Yes. A valid U.S. military ID card is acceptable proof of legal presence.

I am a foreign born applicant holding a valid Hawaii driver’s license. I also own a business in the U.S. (mainland). Can I renew my driver’s license by mail?

No. You must renew in person and present proof of legal presence.

Obtaining a Hawaii Driver’s License under Hawaii’s New Legal Presence Requirements

Beginning March 5, 2012, each individual applying for an initial Hawaii driver’s license or permit will be required to provide proof of Identity: Legal Presence: Social Security Number

Proof documents to verify legal presence include U.S. birth certificates and U.S. passports. Foreign born applicants may provide other documents, such as a Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization, Resident Alien Card, or a valid foreign passport with a Visa and I-94.

Documents presented for proof of identity, legal presence or social security number must be valid originals or certified copies. Photo copies or fax copies of proof documents are not acceptable. For a complete listing of acceptable documents for proof of identity, legal presence and social security number, refer to the List of Acceptable Documents – Hawaii Driver’s License.

Validity of a Hawaii Driver’s License for Individuals temporarily authorized to be in the U.S.

The driver’s license of individuals temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. will be valid for their verified length of legal stay up to the maximum period pursuant to state law. If the expiration date shown on the document used to prove legal presence cannot be verified electronically or through other approved means, the driver’s license will expire one year from the date of entry into the U.S.

Validity of a Hawaii Instructional Permit

An instruction permit will be valid only for the amount of time that an individual is legally present in the U.S. up to a maximum of one year.

Renewal by Mail

Individuals temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. are not eligible to renew by mail as renewal must be made in person.

— Find out more:

hawaii.gov/dot/news/state-to-i…

3 Responses to “New requirements for Hawaii drivers licenses”

  1. Greenie says:

    Getting to sound like the Nazis…..”papers, please”.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Do the new procedures insinuate that the old process was inadequate and flawed allowing unauthorized personnel to become licensed? Sounds like a “bean counter” came up with a clever revenue raising scheme for another branch of the government! Too much micro managing and man hour wasting time to be worth the effort. Many licensed drivers and/or potentials will ultimately allow them to expire and/or not subject themselves to this type of aggravation which now opens up a whole new can of worms.
    When my time comes to renew ( I have been legally licensed to drive in the SOH for over 35 years) and I don’t elect the option of doing it through the mail, I shall have to take time off from my job to complete. Humbug! OMG…. can someone please undo this total fuster-cluck for the sake of sanity? Is all this intrusion really necessary? Can they not come up with more logical plans/means of conducting government business. Typical Hawaii state, they don’t THINK things through thoroughly before instituting.
    Signed, surviving in paradise.

  3. Sammy says:

    Is there a penalty if you lose about 7 license in less than 3 months?

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