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In the state of Hawaii, vehicle and driver license services are handled differently than on the mainland. They are managed by the counties and overseen by larger state agencies. The four counties are the City and County of Honolulu, County of Hawaii, County of Kauai, and the County of Maui. Each county's process is slightly different. Within each county, there are Motor Vehicle Division Offices for registration, titling, and license plates. Each county also has Driver Division Offices for issuing and renewing driver's licenses and testing, including for motorcycles and mopeds.
Your vehicle must be registered in the county you reside in, even if you purchased it in another county. Hawaii also requires an inspection before you can register your vehicle. You will need to complete an application form, bring the title and certificate of registration (if transferring from another county), and pay the service fee. Active duty military stationed in Hawaii may be exempt from some fees. Check with your specific county for more information.
When applying for a driver's license, you must bring an acceptable form of identification, proof of residency, and proof of Social Security Number. There is also a fee for the license. Applicants under the age of 18 can apply for a graduated license, which is a three-stage program available for drivers at least 15 ½ years old. You must reach the age of 17 before you can qualify for the stage three full license. If you are over 18, you do not have to go through the graduated license process, but you will need to pass a vision screening, a written exam, and a road test. Additionally, you must have a clear driving status on the National Driver Registry.