Under Hawaii DMV guidelines, motorcycle operators in Hawaii must have a Class 2 motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit.
For information including driver’s license office telephone numbers and addresses, how to obtain a license, temporary permits, required skills for passing the motorcycle driver performance test, a guide to motorcycle and scooter insurance laws, insurance Q&A, motorcycle safety education program application, clothing and gear for riding, and motorcycle operating tips, see the Hawaii Department of Transportation — Motorcycle Operator Manual (PDF) at: www.hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2013/01/mvso-Motorcycle-Operator-Manual.pdf.
Applicants must be at least 15 ½ years of age and pass the motorcycle knowledge test, a sign test and a vision screening. The final step is to pass the motorcycle skills test, where you will demonstrate your competency in motorcycle operation.
The state of Hawaii will waive your skills test and issue you a license if you have a motorcycle skills test certification for waiver issued by the Hawaii Motorcycle Safety Education Program or a valid motorcycle license or endorsement from a state that uses the motorcycle operator skill test. These two-day courses include classroom instruction and driver training in a controlled, off-street environment. When you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible for a Hawaii motorcycle driver’s license without having to take the state’s road test.
In addition to state of Hawaii laws, military bases also have requirements for motorcycle and moped operators and riders. The requirements differ slightly between 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):
Must be Department of Transportation-approved and fastened properly under the chin.
Eyes must be protected by shatter-resistant goggles or a full face shield attached to the helmet. A windshield, eyeglasses or fairing alone is not considered proper eye protection.
Must wear closed-toe, over-the-ankle shoes with hard soles. Sandals, slippers, tennis shoes and other similar footwear is not authorized.
During daylight hours riders must wear brightly colored, outer upper garment or high-visibility reflective vest. During the hours of darkness riders must wear a high-visibility reflective vest of international orange, lime green or bright 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.
Must wear long trousers, long-sleeve shirt or jacket and full-fingered gloves. Riding apparel designed specifically for motorcycle riders is strongly encouraged.
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