What Does Hawaii’s HIDOT Do?

Driver licensing and vehicle registration in Hawaii are handled at the county level, though all processes are overseen by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HIDOT).

The licensing requirements vary by county for new residents—contact your county’s department to inquire about any grace period before obtaining your Hawaii license and registration. Each county has safety inspection requirements for vehicles entering the islands, which are typically done during the time of registration.

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation is responsible for boater licensing and registration in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The counties of Hawaii have limited online services available:

You can also access a copy of the Hawaii Driver’s Manual through the Department of Transportation.

Contact Information

County of Hawaii Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division

County directory (addresses and phone numbers)

Honolulu County Motor Vehicle, Licensing, and Permits Division

Mission Memorial Building

550 South King St.

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 768-9100

Maui County Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing

110 Alaihi Street

Suite 101

Kahului, HI 96732

Phone: (808) 270-7363

County of Kauai

Department of Finance

Driver License Division

4444 Rice St., Ste A480

Lihue, HI 96766


  • Licensing: (808) 241-4242
  • Motor vehicles: 808) 241-4256