COVID-19 Safety Check FAQs

Posted on Mar 27, 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 the Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection, (i.e., Safety Check) program.  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 15, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

(Updated: May 7, 2020)

  1. Where can I find a safety inspection station that will perform a safety inspection on my commercial motor vehicle (i.e., a motor vehicle that is less than 10,001 pounds GVWR)?
Safety inspection stations will reopen on May 15, 2020.  Inspections will be by appointment only.  See the following link for a list of safety inspection stations and their phone numbers, sorted by zip code:  https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/library/motor-vehicle-safety-office/  (scroll down to the section titled Periodic Inspection of Motor Vehicles.  The registered owner should adhere to the COVID-19 safety practices of wearing an appropriate face covering and not make an appointment if there are any symptoms of illness.
  1. What do I do if my safety inspection certificate/sticker has expired before the emergency period or will be expiring during the emergency period?
Safety inspection certificates/stickers that expire in May 2020 or prior, will be valid through August 31, 2020.  This extra time will allow you to renew your vehicle registration with your county DMV if needed and to prevent any issues with law enforcement or other entities that may require an unexpired safety inspection certificate/sticker.  Your vehicle must still be properly registered with the county DMV to legally operate on public roadways.
  1. Since my expired safety inspection certificate/sticker is now valid until August 31, 2020, will I receive a new safety inspection certificate/sticker?
No.  You will get a new safety inspection certificate/sticker the next time that the vehicle is inspected and passes the safety check.  The safety inspection certificate/sticker issued at that time will be valid for 12-months from the inspection date.
  1. How do I renew my motor vehicle registration if my safety inspection certificate/sticker has expired?
You may renew your motor vehicle registration with an expired safety inspection certificate/sticker during this emergency period.   Each county’s DMV offer non-in-person renewals either on-line, mail-in, or kiosk.  Please check your county’s DMV website or contact your county’s DMV for the type of service being offered.
  1. How do I register and title my vehicle if I recently purchased it from someone and the safety inspection certificate/sticker has expired?
During this emergency period, the vehicle’s safety inspection certificate/sticker is valid until August 31, 2020.  Please check your county’s DMV website or contact your county’s DMV for information on what documents need to be mailed in or dropped off to transfer the ownership of the vehicle purchased.
  1. How do I register and title my vehicle that I recently shipped here from an out-of-state location but have not yet registered?
If you shipped a motor vehicle that is currently registered in another state that arrived into the State of Hawaii between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, and have not registered it, you will not be required to register your vehicle with the county DMV within 30 days as is required by existing Hawaii law.  Your vehicle registration requirement will be extended for an additional 30 days and you will be required to register your vehicle by June 30, 2020 (i.e., 30 days after the end of the emergency period).  It is strongly advised that you carry the shipping document, (i.e., Bill of Laden) with you when driving the vehicle to prove that your vehicle was received in Hawaii during the emergency period.
  1. How will I know when the safety inspection stations are performing safety checks again?
Our office will communicate with the various media outlets to get the word out to the public as timely as possible.  Safety inspection stations will reopen for inspections on May 15, 2020.  Inspections will initially be by appointment only.  The most current information will be found on this FAQs website or HDOT Highways website: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/
  1. The safety inspection sticker on my car has expired. Will I get a traffic ticket for an expired safety inspection certificate/sticker?
Our office has informed each county’s police department that by the authority of the Governor’s emergency proclamation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, expired safety inspection certificates/stickers on all vehicles are valid until the end of August 2020.  Please be aware that the extension period for the safety inspection certificate/sticker being allowed does not provide for any extension of an expired motor vehicle registration.
  1. Will I be able to enter a military installation if my vehicle has an expired safety inspection certificate/sticker?
Our office has informed the branches of military that by the authority of the Governor’s emergency proclamation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, expired safety inspection certificates/stickers on all vehicles are valid until the end of August 2020.  Please be aware that the extension period for the safety inspection certificate/sticker being allowed does not provide for any extension of an expired motor vehicle registration.  Your vehicle must still be properly registered with the county DMV.
  1. How will I register a brand new non-commercial motor vehicle (i.e., a motor vehicle that is less than 10,001 pounds GVWR) that I shipped to Hawaii from another state that has never been registered?
During this emergency period, for a brand new non-commercial motor vehicle that was never registered in another state should contact their county DMV office for information on what documents are required to register the new vehicle.  The Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Original (MCO) will indicate to the county DMV that the vehicle is a brand new vehicle.  If the MSO/MCO and all other documents are in order, a safety inspection certificate will not be required.  Please be aware that the motor vehicle is not legally allowed to operate on public roadways without the registration certificate and proof of insurance carried with the vehicle, and license plates.
  1. Will I be able to register my brand new non-commercial motor vehicle (i.e., a motor vehicle that is less than 10,001 pounds GVWR) that I purchased from a dealer?
During this emergency period, county DMVs are allowing new vehicle dealers to register new motor vehicles without a safety inspection certificate.  New vehicle dealers that have not been informed of this interim procedure should contact their county DMV for additional details.
  1. My safety check certificate/sticker will expire the month after the safety check stations reopen for business. What if I cannot get my vehicle inspected before my safety check certificate/sticker expires?
All safety check certificates/stickers that expire after May 2020 will be granted a 3-month extension before it expires.  For example, if your safety check certificate/sticker expires at the end of September 2020, you will have an additional 3-months (or until December 31, 2020) to get a new safety check inspection completed for your vehicle.  Upon passing the vehicle inspection, you will be issued a certificate of inspection and sticker that will be valid for 12 months from the date the vehicle is inspected.
  1. I paid and had my vehicle inspected prior to the safety inspection stations shutting down but was not able to fix all of the defects at that time. Since the defect was corrected and the safety inspection stations will reopen, will I be able to complete the inspection without being charged for another inspection?
You will need to make an appointment to return to the safety inspection station that started the inspection.   Upon meeting all safety inspection requirements, they will not charge you for the final inspection and issuing you the certified inspection certificate/sticker.

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