The following is a Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) 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 for non-commercial motor vehicles and motor carrier commercial motor vehicles. 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 proclamations relating to the COVID-19 Emergency that temporarily suspend
specific Hawaii Revised Statutes and Hawaii Department of Transportation Administrative Rules. The most recent proclamation, Nineteenth Proclamation, extends the emergency period end date through June 8, 2021.
*** SPECIAL NOTICE
: The Seventeenth Proclamation and those that follow do not extend the safety expiration date beyond December 31, 2020. Safety inspection stations have been open since May 15, 2020.
(The temporary interim procedures conveyed in the FAQs are subject to change. Please continue to check this website for the latest revisions.)
(Revised April 14, 2021)
- Where can I find a safety inspection station that will perform a safety inspection on my commercial motor vehicle or non-commercial motor vehicle (i.e., a motor vehicle that is less than 10,001 pounds GVWR)?
See the following link for locations of non-commercial motor vehicles safety inspection stations and their phone numbers:
(Scroll down to the last section titled Periodic Inspection of Motor Vehicles.
As a reminder, the registered owner should adhere to CDC’s COVID-19 safety practices of wearing an appropriate face covering and do not visit the safety inspection station if you have or feel any oncoming sickness symptoms.
- What do I do if my commercial or non-commercial motor vehicle safety inspection certificate and sticker have expired before, during or after the Hawaii COVID-19 emergency period?
All commercial and non-commercial motor vehicle must have a current safety inspection certificate and sticker. As of January 1, 2021, there is no longer an extension on an expired safety inspection certificate and sticker. Vehicles that have an expired safety inspection certificate and sticker are subject to being cited by law enforcement.
- How do I renew my motor vehicle registration if my safety inspection certificate/ sticker is expired?
You must have a current safety inspection certificate/ sticker before being allowed to renew your motor vehicle registration. As of January 1, 2021, there are no longer any safety inspection expiration date extensions granted. Once you pass your safety inspection, your new safety expiration information is sent from the inspection station to the county and the motor vehicle registration database is updated automatically that evening. 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.
- How do I register and title my vehicle if I recently purchased it from someone and the safety inspection certificate/ sticker has expired?
You must have a current safety inspection certificate/ sticker before being allowed to register and transfer ownership of that vehicle. As of January 1, 2021, there are no longer any safety inspection expiration date extensions granted. 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.
- How do I register and title my motor vehicle that was registered in another state 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 during the Hawaii COVID-19 emergency period between March 16, 2020 through May 8, 2021, and have not registered it, you will not be required to register your vehicle with the county DMV within 30 days from the arrival date as is required by existing Hawaii law. The out-of-state vehicle registration 30-day requirement will be waived during the Hawaii COVID-19 emergency period for those arrival dates. After the Hawaii COVID-19 emergency period ends, the 30-day requirement to register your vehicle will be calculated from when the motor vehicle arrived into the State of Hawaii. 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.
- How will I know when the safety inspection stations are performing safety checks again?
Safety inspection stations reopened for inspections on May 15, 2020. The most current information may be found here on this FAQs website or HDOT Highways website:
- The safety inspection sticker on my car has expired. Will I get a traffic ticket for an expired safety inspection certificate/ sticker?
You may be cited for an expired safety inspection certificate/ sticker. As of January 1, 2021, there is no longer any extension date being granted for an expired safety inspection certificate/ sticker.
- Will I be able to enter a military installation if my vehicle has an expired safety inspection certificate/ sticker?
As of January 1, 2021, there is no longer any extension date being granted for an expired safety inspection certificate/ sticker. In most cases, you must have a current safety inspection certificate/ sticker to be allowed on a military facility.
- How will I register a brand new commercial or non-commercial motor vehicle that I shipped to Hawaii from another state that has never been registered?
Your vehicle must pass a safety inspection. As of January 1, 2021, there is no longer any extension date being granted for an expired safety inspection certificate/ sticker. Please contact your county DMV office or check the county website for information on how to register the new vehicle.
- Will I be able to register my brand new commercial or non-commercial motor vehicle that I purchased from a dealer?
During this emergency period, county DMVs are allowing new vehicle dealers to register new motor vehicles.
- 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?
Safety inspection stations reopened on May 15, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, there is no longer any extension date being granted for an expired safety inspection certificates/stickers. 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 was inspected.
- I want to remove my vehicle from storage. Is a safety inspection required when removing a vehicle from storage?
A certificate of inspection issued after the recording of the storage is required unless the certificate of inspection as indicated on the certificate of inspection has not yet expired during the period of the storage.
- I rebuilt a salvage vehicle and would like to register it. Is a safety inspection required?
Yes, but before getting a safety inspection, you must obtain a certificate of inspection from a registered or certified motor vehicle repair dealer who is bonded and who rebuilt the vehicle, attesting that the rebuilt vehicle meets specific requirements.