How to Get a Hawaii Driver’s License Reinstatement

A Hawaii driver’s license reinstatement fee costs $20, and you might need to retake your driving or knowledge tests.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
, getting your driver’s license reinstated after a suspension or revocation will cost you $20, but you might have to pay extra fees for retaking your driving skills and knowledge test, if necessary. Those tests cost between $1 and $20, depending on where in Hawaii you are taking them. 
The duration of any license suspension or revocation will depend on your offense and the circumstances surrounding it. If you are convicted of a crime, you will have to pay court penalties and fees as well as any reinstatement fees.
Losing your driver’s license is a big deal, as it can impact your ability to get to work, school, or to attend medical or treatment appointments, not to mention impacting your ability to live your life. That’s why the
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Why you might need a license reinstatement in Hawaii

In order to get your
driver’s license reinstated
in Hawaii, you’ll need to head to your local DMV agency, as follows:
  • Honolulu County: Department of Customer Services
  • Kauai County: Department of Finance
  • Maui County: Dept. of Finance, Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division
  • Hawaii County: Department of Finance
You will need to get your license reinstated in Hawaii if you are convicted and have your license suspended for any of of the following violations:
Along with paying fines, you’ll have to provide documentation before your license is reinstated. Such documentation can include the following:
  • File an
    SR-22/proof of insurance
    form with Hawaii’s DMV, if required
  • Satisfy any court requirements
  • Retake the driving skills test and/or knowledge test, if necessary
  • Complete alcohol education and treatment program, if applicable
  • Complete driver improvement course, if necessary
  • Provide your legal name, date of birth, and Social Security number (
    of acceptable documents from Hawaii Department of Transportation)
  • Pay the fee of $20

How to get a license reinstatement in Hawaii

To get your license reinstated in Hawaii, you’ll need to pay a fee of $20 and potentially a fee to retake a road or written test. You will also need to submit any required documentation.
For Honolulu County, here’s what to do if you’ve been convicted of a DUI/DWI or an insurance violation:
  • Provide a certified copy of your re-licensing form
  • Provide payment via a certified check or money order to the City & County of Honolulu 
  • Mail your form and payment to one of the addresses listed on the form
  • For an insurance suspension, you’ll need to submit a written request to the Financial Responsibility Section and provide your full name, date of birth, and Social Security number
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How to get a hardship license in Hawaii

Even people with suspended licenses need to get around—without the ability to drive, this can get very difficult. In Hawaii, drivers with suspended licenses can apply for a limited purpose or hardship license.  If a driver with a suspended license argues they need a vehicle to get to work, school, or medical appointments, they can apply for a limited-purpose license.
To apply for a limited purpose license in Hawaii, you’ll need to submit the following:
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Principal residence in Hawaii
A limited purpose license’s validity is as follows:
  • 4 years for licensees ages 24 years or younger
  • 8 years for licensees between the ages of 25 and 71 years of age
  • 2 years for licensees aged 72 years and older

What is an SR-22 certificate?

If your driver’s license in Hawaii has been suspended or revoked, you might need to apply for SR-22 coverage in order to get your license reinstated. SR-22 coverage acts as legal proof of insurance that your insurer provides to Hawaii’s Department of Transportation confirming you meet the state's minimum auto insurance requirements. 
If you are required to carry SR-22 coverage, you will need to have it for at least three years.
You may be required to buy SR-22 insurance in Hawaii under the following circumstances: 
  • Driving without insurance
  • Reckless driving
  • Refusing a breathalyzer test
  • Multiple traffic violations
  • An at-fault accident causing injury or death
Your insurance provider will file for an SR-22 on your behalf, usually for a small fee. Do know that carrying SR-22 coverage will result in a significant premium hike.
MORE: How to fill out and file an SR-22

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