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If you want to say aloha at a luau across town you’ll want to find a way to drive there. Looking to ride on just two motorized wheels? Even to drive a scooter or moped around on the mountainous passes, you’ll need a motorcycle license. We have 6 motorcycle practice tests as well as a marathon test to make sure you get the ideas that will be covered on this exam. At the same time we provide over 300 questions for your automobile drivers test prep which is 10 times the amount of questions you will face on the DMV written test in the end. Familiarizing yourself with these concepts will allow you to pass with flying colors.

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In the Aloha state, fees and terms of your Hawaii commercial driver's license (CDL) are complicated. Renewals can be according to age. If you are 21 – 24 the license costs only $20 but you have to renew in 4 years. Those 24-72 years old have 8-year licenses that cost $40. And if you are still driving commercial vehicles after reaching 72 years old, you can get a 2-year renewal for $10. Mind you this is just in Hawai’i and Kauai County. In Honolulu and Maui County the rules are different. Maui includes a $20 inspection with your $50 fee for a road test. Did you get all that? Well if you want to drive class A, B, or C vehicles or qualify for endorsements like passenger and school busses, doubles/triples, tank vehicles, hazardous materials, or air brake restriction removal Skills, we have you covered. With our practice tests and cheat sheets you'll have clarity as gorgeous as an island sunset.

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Hawaii Driver's License: When You Can Apply

AgeType of LicensePrerequisites
15 ½+ (First Timers)Instructional PermitPass a Written Exam and a Vision Test.
16+ (Instructional Permit Holders)Provisional LicenseMust have held Instructional Permit for 180 days. Also complete a Driver's Ed course and pass a Road Test.
17+ (Provisional License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust have held Provisional License for 6 months.
18+ (First Timers in Hawaii and Maui Counties)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Written Exam, a Vision Test, and a Road Test.
18+ (Instructional Permit Holders)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Vision Test and a Road Test.

Note 1: Only Honolulu and Kauai Counties require each applicant, regardless of age, to hold an instructional permit before taking a road test.

Note 2: To apply for any type of instruction permit or license, you must first obtain consent from your parents or guardians if you are under 18 years of age.

Note 3: If more than one line of this table applies to you, you can choose either option unless otherwise specified.

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Hawaii Driver's License & Permit FAQ

How Can I Apply for my HI Driver's License? Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What age must I be before I can apply for a Hawaii driver’s license?

    In the state of Hawaii, the minimum age to get a permit is 15 ½. You may apply for your provisional license at age 16.
  • What documents should I take with me when I apply for my Hawaii license?

    When you go to apply for your very first Hawaii license there are a few documents you will need to take with you:
    • Proof of Identity such as your Birth Certificate
    • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Proof of United States Legal Presence.
    • Notarized application from Parents or Legal Guardians (if under 18 and your parents are unable to bring you)
  • How do I become eligible for a Hawaii learner’s permit?

    In order to become eligible for a learner’s permit in Hawaii you must be…
    • 15 ½ years or older.
    • Able to supply proof of ID
    • Able to supply proof of Social Security Number
    • Able to supply proof of legal presence
  • Where should I go to apply for my Hawaii license?

    You definitely should go to a nearby DMV office to apply for your license. We recommend you go get and fill out your application ahead of time.
    There are several DMV locations divided up by counties.
    • To reach the County of Maui DMV main office call (808) 270-7363. If you want a specific location in the county of Maui see the list here.
    • To reach the County of Kauai main office call (808) 241-4256.
    • To reach specific DMV locations in the County of Hawaii see them here.
    • To reach the City and County of Honolulu click here.
  • How do I contact a Hawaii DMV office?

    You may contact a Hawaii DMV office by either checking out their website or by calling them at (808) 532-7700. There are several locations that you must contact directly.
    • To reach the County of Maui DMV main office call (808) 270-7363. If you want a specific location in the county of Maui see the list here.
    • To reach the County of Kauai main office call (808) 241-4256.
    • To reach specific DMV locations in the County of Hawaii see them here.
    • To reach the City and County of Honolulu click here.
  • Who needs to bring me for my written test in Hawaii?

    It’s best your parent(s) bring you because they have to sign your application. If they are unable to bring you there are other options. You can have them sign your application in front of a notary public and then have a licensed driver 21 or older bring you.
  • Are physicals necessary when getting a license in Hawaii?

    No. A physical isn’t necessary when getting a license in Hawaii.
  • Why do I need a vision test in order to get my Hawaii license?

    A vision test ensures that you are able to see and drive safely on the road. This is for the benefit of you and other drivers.
  • Where should I go for my driver’s license picture in Hawaii?

    You will have your picture taken at the DMV office once you pass. Be sure to wear a nice shirt/ blouse and comb your hair, you want to look your best.
  • How do I apply for my Hawaii license?

    The first step in applying for your Hawaii license is getting a Hawaii learner’s permit. In order to get your learner’s permit, you must first be:
    • At least 15 ½ years old
    • Able to supply proof of ID
    • Able to give proof of Social Security Number
    • Able to provide proof of US Legal Presence
  • What’s the next step after I apply for my Hawaii driver’s license?

    If you are between the age of 16 and 18, your next step is to get your provisional license.
    • You will have to hold your permit for at least 180 days before applying of your provisional license.
    • You will need to take a state certified driver’s education course with a total of 30 classroom hours and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
    • You will need to get an additional 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice from a licensed driver age 21 or older.
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Here's What Other Learners from Hawaii are Saying:

"This website is so much easier to study. Not only that even though you have wrong answers it'll highlight the right answers and at the bottom it explains why. I did the first 2 last year which I failed both and twice this year. This 4th time around I got it and passed the test. 4 out of 40 questions."

Maria Vanessa H., Honolulu, Hawaii

"My driver's written exam consisted of 30 questions. I took the test yesterday and passed. It is tricky in some places. If you don't study, you won't pass. I pointed out to the examiner lady that one of the speed limit numbers was switched; in comparing the book question with the test question. She laughed and told me to pay my 5 dollars for passing the test. The more you fail, the more money the state makes. Study the book and do the online quizzes."

Sam I., Pearl City, Hawaii

"I just moved to Hilo from California and I have not taken a written test in 27 years! Some of the rules have changed, and some of Hawaii's rules are a bit different than California, so the tests were helpful in helping me prepare for the DMV test. I read through the 140 page handbook, but taking repetitive tests was far easier. I took the test in the handbook, all 170+ questions only to find out they don't give you the answers, you have to look each one up! This is WAY easier as you can go back to the questions you miss and try them again. Practice makes perfect!"

Laura Owens, Hilo, Hawaii
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General Knowledge
Hazardous Materials (HazMat)
School Bus
Passenger Vehicles
Air Brakes
Combination Vehicles
Double/Triple Trailers
Tanker Vehicles
Pre-Trip Inspection
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