Motor Vehicle Safety Office
NOTE: MVSO counter service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
HDOT’S MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY OFFICE (RELOCATED TO WAIMALU)
98-339 Ponohana Place
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
The MVSO operations include:
• The Highway Safety Office Staff (relocated from the Aliiaimoku Building, Room 405 at 869 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu), and
• The Motor Carrier Safety Staff, Highway Safety Section, and Clerical Servicing Staff (relocated from the Kakuhihewa Building, Room 511 at 601 Kamokila Boulevard, Kapolei).
• Counter service hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for State observed holidays.
• Driver Education and Motorcycle Instructor Certification hours: Monday thru Friday by appointment.
• All other services hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except State observed holidays.
Driver’s License and State Identification Card
- Driver’s license information and FAQ
- State identification card information and FAQ
- Acceptable documents for a REAL ID Compliant (Star) Hawaii Driver’s License, Instruction Permit, Provisional Driver’s License or State ID Card
New Application Forms:
Highway Safety Section – Drivers:
- Hawaii Driver History Record
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – English (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Spanish (PDF en Español)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Korean (한글 PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Japanese (日本語 PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Hawaiian (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Chinese Simplified (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Chinese Traditional (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Chuukese (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Ilocano (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Marshallese (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Samoan (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Tagalog (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Tongan (PDF)
- Hawaii Driver’s Manual – Vietnamese (PDF)
- Motorcycle Operator Manual (pdf file)
- Medical Report Form (pdf file)
- Limited Purpose Driver’s License/Permit Information & FAQs (pdf file)
- Reciprocal Operating Privileges List (pdf file)
Highway Safety Section – Motorcycles, Motor Scooters and Mopeds:
- General Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Helmet Effectiveness Revisited
- How to Identify Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets
Motor Vehicle Registration Related Links:
Motor Carrier Safety Section:
- Informal Inquiry and Complaint Form
- Instructions for New Motor Carriers
- General Requirements for Motor Carriers
- Vehicle ID Card Requirements and Responsibilities for Motor Carriers
- Requirement for a US DOT Number
- Exempt Vehicle
- Designation as a Hawaii Covered Farm Vehicle
- DOT Safety Checks for Commercial Motor Vehicles
- Instructions for Completion of a Driver Improvement Program
- Driver Improvement Program Form
- Application for Motor Vehicle Inspection Station Appointment
- Instructions for Motor Carrier Vehicle Construction, Modification and Reconstruction
- Application for Motor Carrier Vehicle Construction, Modification or Reconstruction
- Hawaii Revised Statutes – Motor Carrier Safety Law
Motor Carrier Safety Section – Heavy Vehicle Use Tax:
Highway Safety Section – Commercial Drivers:
Effective February 7, 2022, FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations are required.
FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. ELDT must be completed with a training provider registered with FMCSA. ELDT requirements apply to an applicant to:
- Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time. This requires that the ELDT be completed before being allowed to take the CDL skills test;
- Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL. This requires that the ELDT be completed before being allowed to take the CDL skills test; or
- Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time. This requires that the ELDT be completed before taking the (S) and (P) endorsements CDL skills test, and requires the ELDT be completed before taking the (H) endorsement knowledge test.
The ELDT regulations are not retroactive; the entry-level driver training requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement issued prior to February 7, 2022.
If an applicant who obtains a CLP prior to February 7, 2022, obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires, the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements.
Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements.
For the complete and latest up-to-date information on ELDT visit the FMCSA website: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/.
How to find a CDL Training Provider?
Visit the FMCSA website provided below and scroll down to the section titled, “Do you need to find a training provider?”, to download or view the most current list of training providers. FMCSA will provide a website to better access the Training Provider Registry in the future.
For a list of Hawaii Training Providers as of January 12, 2022:
How to become a CDL Training Provider?
Visit the FMCSA website for information and to register.
- Obtaining a CDL (pdf file)
- CDL Application Form
- CDL Manual (pdf file) 6 MB
- Hazardous Materials Endorsement
- CDL Disqualifying Offenses & Disqualification Periods (pdf)
- Application form (2-part form at field offices) (pdf file) 55 KB
- Medical Certification (FAQs and Self-Certification Form)
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate Only certified medical examiners that have been approved by FMCSA and listed on the FMCSA National Registry may conduct the physical exams for drivers of commercial motor vehicles, complete the Medical Examination Report, Medical Examiner’s Certificate, and report all results of completed physical examinations to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Find a FMCSA approved medical examiner
- APPLICATION FOR MILITARY SKILLS TEST WAIVER
Information about owning and driving a MOPED:
Periodic Inspection of Motor Vehicles:
- Car/Light Truck Safety Inspection Stations (For commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more, please contact our office at 808-692-7661 for motor carrier inspection station locations.)
- Motorcycle/Motor Scooter Safety Inspection Stations
- Moped Safety Inspection Stations
- PMVI Manual for Inspectors of Motorcycles
- Moped Inspection Handbook
Hawaii Administrative Rules – Highways Division
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