Posted on May 7, 2020 in
The following is a Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) discussion on the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 emergency procedures as it relates to non-commercial driver’s license and instructional permit, and state identification cardholders.  The temporary interim procedures established is in accordance with the Governor’s Supplementary to the Emergency Proclamation signed on March 16, 2020 and Sixth Supplementary Proclamation Relating to the COVID-19 Emergency dated April 25, 2020.  The Sixth Supplementary Proclamation extended the emergency period expiration date from May 16, 2020 to May 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 May 7, 2020)

  1. Am I still allowed to legally drive my motor vehicle if my driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) has expired?
DL and IP holders in good standing that have a DL or IP that has expired or will expire between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, may continue to legally drive the same licensed class of motor vehicle (e.g., cars, motorcycles, mopeds, etc.) for an additional 90-days after the expiration date shown on your DL or IP card.  
  1. What will happen to my expired 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 before the end of the 90-day extension to the expiration date that was granted.  Once your DL or IP has expired after the 90-day extension, it will no longer be valid to legally drive any motor vehicle on public roadways.  
  1. My driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) expires right after the emergency period ends on May 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: ) You are encouraged to check back to this website or listen to the latest media reports on when the county offices will reopen.  Kauai DMV will reopen their offices on May 18, 2020 and provide services by appointment only.  (See the County of Kauai News Release: )  
  1. What happens to my State Identification card (SID) if it expires during the emergency period of March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020?
SIDs that will expire between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, are granted a new expiration date that is 90-days after the expiration date shown on the SID.  
  1. My driver’s license (DL) or instruction permit (IP) was granted the 90-day extension from the expiration date. When I renew my DL or IP, will I get issued my renewed DL or IP with an additional 90-days extra? 
No.  Your renewed DL or IP will expire on your birth date and the new expiration period will be calculated based on when your DL or IP originally expired.

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