Posted on May 7, 2020 in
The following is a Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) discussion on the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 emergency procedures as it relates to non-commercial driver’s license, instructional permit, and state identification cardholders.  The temporary interim procedures established is in accordance with the Governor’s (First) Supplementary to the Emergency Proclamation signed on March 16, 2020 and subsequent supplementary proclamations relating to the COVID-19 Emergency.  The most recent supplementary proclamation, Tenth Supplementary Proclamation, extends the emergency period end date to August 31, 2020.          

(The temporary interim procedures conveyed in the FAQs are subject to change.  Please continue to check this website for the latest revisions.)


(Revised July 24, 2020)

  1. Am I still allowed to legally drive my motor vehicle if my non-commercial driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) has expired?
DL and IP holders in good standing that have a DL or IP that expires between March 16, 2020 thru August 31, 2020, may continue to legally drive the same licensed class of motor vehicle (e.g., cars, motorcycles, mopeds, etc.) until September 30, 2020.
  1. What will happen to my expired non-commercial driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) that was extended during this emergency period once the COVID-19 emergency proclamation has ended?
You must renew your DL or IP no later than September 30, 2020.  Once your DL or IP expires after September 30, 2020, it will be treated as an expired DL or IP, and it will no longer be valid to legally drive a vehicle on public roads.  
  1. My driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) expires right after the emergency period ends on August 31, 2020. What happens if I cannot get an appointment in time to renew my DL or IP?
You will no longer be licensed to legally operate a motor vehicle on public roadways.  Please contact your county DMV to make the appropriate arrangements for an appointment.  (See the following link to get the county contact information: )  
  1. What happens to my State Identification card (SID) if it expires during the emergency period of March 16, 2020 thru August 31, 2020?
SIDs that expire between March 16, 2020 thru August 31, 2020, are granted a new expiration date of September 30, 2020.  
  1. My expired driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) was granted the extension to the expiration date. When I renew my DL or IP, will I get issued my renewed DL or IP with any additional days? 
No.  A renewed DL will expire on your birth date and the new expiration period will be calculated based on when your DL originally expired.  A renewed IP will expire 1-year from when the new IP is issued.  
  1. Will I be able to use my motorcycle waiver to waive the Hawaii skills test if it expired during the COVID-19 emergency?
Yes, the 30-day waiver period for taking the Hawaii skills test for those who have successfully completed the State certified Hawaii Edition of the MSF Basic Rider Course that expires between March 16, 2020 through August 31, 2020 is extended to September 30, 2020.

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