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Your POV & Driving in Hawaii
Your POV & Driving in Hawaii
Your privately owned vehicle will be shipped to Sand Island, Honolulu. Call the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center complex to check the status of your vehicle, or track it at www.pcsmypov.com. The number for inbound POVs is 808-848-8383.
Registering Your Vehicle in Hawaii
All automobiles used on the highway must be registered with the state of Hawaii within 10 days of arrival. If you are not a legal resident of Hawaii, you may keep your original vehicle license plates, but you must register your car to get a Hawaii vehicle permit sticker. To complete vehicle registration, you are required to have proof of ownership or certificate of registration; shipping documents; and Hawaii no-fault insurance coverage. Additionally, Hawaii requires an annual safety inspection for all vehicles; valid identification card; and Non-resident Certificate, Form CS-L (MVR) 50.
For more information, visit www.honolulu.gov/csd.
Driver’s License Registration and Identification
Driver’s licenses issued by your home state are generally valid in Hawaii until they expire. If you wish to apply for a Hawaii driver’s license, you must present your Social Security card and current out-of-state license. Your original license will not be returned. You must be
16 years old to obtain a driver’s license in Hawaii. Drivers 18 and older, with a valid license from another state or Canada, may drive in Hawaii until their license expires or is declared invalid. In 2009, Hawaii added legislation banning the use of electronic devices while driving.
When applying for a Hawaii driver’s license:
• The vehicle you drive must have current license plates, registration and safety check.
• The Hawaii motor vehicle insurance card must be current and valid. The name of the insured must be the same as the registered owner of the vehicle.
• You should have all personal documents when reporting for a driver’s license. In addition to presenting a Social Security card, you must present a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship or naturalization.
• Those receiving treatment for alcohol or substance abuse are required to have medical clearance to receive a driver’s license.
• Oral examination provisions may be available for those who are unable to read, write or understand English.
• An instruction permit must be attained before applying for a road test.
• Those ages 15 to 17 must hold an instruction permit for no fewer than 90 days.
For more information, visit www.honolulu.gov/csd/dllicense.html.
Insuring Your Vehicle in Hawaii
Out-of-state auto insurance policies are not valid to register your vehicle in Hawaii. When you register your vehicle, you need to show proof of auto insurance by presenting a Hawaii vehicle identification card, which should be kept in the vehicle at all times.
Once you have purchased a Hawaii auto insurance policy, you can register your vehicle with the state of Hawaii, which must be done within 10 days of arrival.
Safe Driving in Hawaii
Driving in Hawaii is a little different. Use the following safe driving tips to help keep you and your family safe on the road:
• Local residents do not use north, south, east and west when giving driving directions. They will tell you to head mauka (toward the mountain) or makai (toward the ocean) or to go in the Diamond Head (east) or Ewa (west) direction.
• Landmarks are often driving markers instead of names of streets. Pay attention to stores and intersections around you because you may be told to turn right at Wal-Mart or to turn at Anna Miller’s near Pearlridge Center.
• Familiarize yourself with the names of the exit streets on freeway markers rather than the number of the exit. Most people do not know the freeway exit number to their home.
• Merging on freeway on-ramps can be dangerous in Hawaii. Many Honolulu on-ramps are located near the next off-ramp so be careful when merging in and out of freeway lanes near the exits.
• Drive with the “aloha spirit.” Be courteous toward fellow drivers and always drive defensively.
• “Shaka” is considered a courtesy sign when merging in traffic.
Under Hawaii DMV guidelines, motorcycle operators in Hawaii must have a Class 2 motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit.
See the Hawaii Department of Transportation Motorcycle Operator Manual at www.hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2016/05/3-21-16-Dft-Rider-Manual.pdf.
In addition to Hawaii laws, military bases also have requirements for motorcycle and moped operators and riders. The requirements differ slightly among services.
All services require every operator of a motorcycle to complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course or other training approved by their service’s safety center. This training applies to riders whether or not they ride on or off base or on or off duty.
To attend a motorcycle safety course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay), call 808-257-1830. Call 808-474-3447, ext. 233 to attend at Ford Island. Call 808-655-6455 to attend at Wheeler Army Air Field.
Motorcycle and moped requirements (for all riders entering military installations) include:
• Helmet: Must be Department of Transportation-approved safety helmet securely fastened with a chin strap.
• Eye Protection: Eyes must be protected by shatter-resistant goggles or a face shield attached to the helmet. A windshield, eyeglasses or fairing alone is not considered proper eye protection.
• Shoes: Must wear closed-toe, over-the-ankle shoes with hard soles. Sandals, slippers, tennis shoes and other similar footwear are not authorized.
• Reflective Vest: During daylight hours, riders must wear a brightly colored, outer upper garment or high-visibility reflective vest. During hours of darkness, riders must wear a high-visibility reflective vest of bright orange, lime green or yellow with reflective striping. Do not cover or conceal the vest while riding a motorcycle or moped. Military personnel may wear the vest over the uniform of the day. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam requires a vest both day and night.
• Attire: Must wear long trousers, long-sleeve shirt or jacket and full-fingered gloves. Riding apparel designed specifically for motorcycle riders is strongly encouraged.