Hawaii State ID Program Transfers to Department of Transportation

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REPORT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE – Beginning January 2, 2013, the public can obtain state IDs at all drivers’ license locations in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai counties, excluding satellite city halls.  In Hawaii county, state IDs will be available at the drivers’ license office locations in Hilo and Kona only. This will increase the number of locations available to obtain state IDs.

This change is the result of a state law that transfers the responsibility for the State ID program from the Department of the Attorney General to the Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the counties. 

Leading up to this transition, there will be a brief period when the public will not be able to obtain a State ID:


·        The Governor’s neighbor island Liaison Offices will stop issuing State ID cards as of Monday, December 17, 2012;

·        The State ID Office at the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, 465 South King Street, Room 102, will be closed to the public beginning Monday, December 24, 2012, through the end of the year.  Thereafter, the office will no longer be issuing State ID cards.

The consolidation of the State ID and the drivers’ license programs will afford the public more locations at which to obtain a State ID card.  This transition will also help Hawaii meet federal requirements under the REAL ID Act of 2005, which sets forth the documentation required and procedures to be followed in issuing drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification or State ID cards.  Cards that do not meet these requirements will not be recognized by federal agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

To comply with federal law, state IDs are being issued as temporary cards, whether obtained now, or obtained from a drivers’ license location after January 2nd.  These temporary cards are valid for one month from issuance until the permanent ID card is subsequently sent in the mail.





  1. My State I.D. expired December 10, 2012, and the only place I know to get it renewed was by the Kamehemeha Staue. Now I have no idea when they tell me on Dillingham Blvd. is the closest place for me to go from Manoa. Why can't we use our bus pass as a I.D.. It has our picture and name on it and I'm sure they are going to make sure thats you when you get it. It would save people a lot of time and money to do that.

  2. I think that's a great idea to allow our disability or senior bus pass to be a legal I.D. because you do have to make sure that's you when you renew your Bus pass and it has your picture on it. I would appreciate it if someone in authority would take it into consideration and pass a bill to pass that law. It would save the elderly and disabled person a tremendous amount of time and energy.

  3. I have a question, I went to renew my I>D and got the tempary, here the problem, that was my only form of I.D to cash my ss check, But the banks don't except the tempary, so I had to pay a fee at a check cashing place. the tempary was due to expieor 11/2 month about from the time I got it, the tempary had expiered before I got my next S.S check now I can't cash my check. Its already hard getting into town and standing in line, not to mention the documents thats needed, now I'm left with any I,D and the department has not send my new one. If their trying to make things hard their doing a very good job!!!!!!!!

  4. Is the Wahiawa Vehicle Lic bureau location issuing State ID's ??? There are no address locations in the above "short" announcement. I am lost… "Totally"

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