New Rules for Driver's License Applications and Renewals
May 1, 2014
As of May 1, 2014, the stricter "documentary proof" requirements to get a State ID card (in effect since January 2, 2013) will now apply to driver's licenses, too. You will be required to prove the following when applying for or renewing a driver's license or permit – and only certain kinds of documentary proof are accepted:
Legal name (you may need to show additional documentation if your name has changed due to marriage or divorce)
Date of birth
Social security number
Legal presence (that you have the right to be in the United States; the name on your driver's license must match the name on the document you present to prove legal presence – if not, you will be required to present proof of name change from your birth name to the name on your driver's license)
Principal residence (because you cannot have more than 1 state driver's license at a time, you must prove that Hawaii is your home)
For many people, a valid U.S. passport/passport card plus social security card, or U.S.-issued birth certificate plus social security card, will be sufficient to prove items 1 through 4. A Hawaii State ID card, utility bill, bank account statement, tax return, or motor vehicle registration document are among the many types of acceptable documents to prove item 5.
The stricter proof requirements for getting a Hawaii driver's license or permit, or Hawaii State ID card, are needed in order to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks on our nation, there were concerns that we need to better protect ourselves from terrorism by tightening up verification requirements for state ID cards and driver's licenses. Otherwise, terrorists would have an easier time accessing airplanes, rental cars, and opening bank accounts, etc. using fraudulently obtained identification.
If our state failed to comply with this law and issued federally non-compliant forms of identification, then Hawaii residents would be unable to use a Hawaii driver's license or State ID card to board an airplane or gain entry to a federal building such as a VA hospital or courthouse, and encounter difficulties when traveling to other states that require presentation of federally compliant identification.
When do I have to renew my driver's license?
For adults (ages 25 through 71) – new licenses and renewals will expire on the eighth birthday following the date of issue.
For seniors (ages 72 or older) – new licenses and renewals will expire on the second birthday following the date of issue.
How soon can I renew?
A Hawaii driver's license may be renewed as early as 6 months before it expires.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete your renewal, in case you run into any difficulties satisfying the new requirements.