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New documents required starting Thursday for driver's licenses

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:11 p.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014

Starting Thursday, Hawaii residents applying for a driver's license or renewal will need to present two documents showing proof of principal residence in Hawaii.

The new requirements for a driver's license are the same as those already in effect for state IDs.

Also Thursday, the cost of state IDs, which will be good for eight years, will change. On Kauai, the fee will be $4 a year, or a total of $32. The fee will be $5 a year in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties, for a total of $40. The fees are the same as those for driver's licenses.

The new identification requirement brings the state into compliance with the Department of Homeland Security's Real ID Act of 2005.

Documents (original or copy) with the applicant's name and address that will be accepted as proof of principal residence include a current valid Hawaii driver's license; vehicle registration/title; current voter registration card or other mail from a government or medical entity not more than 2 months old; utility bill not more than 2 months old; checking or savings account statement not more than 2 months old; payroll check or stub within two months of the application date; federal or Hawaii income tax return from the previous year; current property tax assessment, etc.

For more information and list of acceptable documents, go to the DOT website: is.gd/pQt7kF.

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1local wrote:
why is a state ID less on kauai?
on April 30,2014 | 01:59PM
Pali_Hwy wrote:
None of this is required in California.
on April 30,2014 | 04:25PM
soundofreason wrote:
Hence the illegal immigrant problem.
on April 30,2014 | 09:11PM
Hawaiiobserver wrote:
What was the old fees? Irritating articles that just give the bare bones information on a topic that affects everyone.
on April 30,2014 | 05:29PM
Skyler wrote:
Simple subtraction will give you the answers.
on April 30,2014 | 05:35PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Actually it won't because we were told what it "will" be, not what it was. Just subtracting the island fee only gives you a base number that wasn't identified as last years fee. This is ridiculous and very weak reporting.
on April 30,2014 | 06:38PM
harley1 wrote:
normal that - weak, uninformative, just filling column inches.....
on April 30,2014 | 08:04PM
soundofreason wrote:
If not now, it will be. This is a Homeland Security (Federal) issue.
on April 30,2014 | 09:13PM
ehrhornp wrote:
Thank you GW for giving us this bureaucratic nightmare. I feel so much safer now. lol Just remember this is your tax dollars at work.
on April 30,2014 | 09:20PM
sailfish1 wrote:
It seems that those required documents may not show a person's real name - i.e. a person can get those kinds of documents using a fictitious name. They should also require a birth certificate or passport or a document issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. People applying for a driver's license or ID should be in the U.S. legally in addition to being a Hawaii resident.
on May 1,2014 | 12:00AM
samidunn wrote:
Thank you president Obama for making all this happen with all your new federal regulations.
on May 1,2014 | 10:35AM
kellybelly wrote:
What about for students who don't have any of these documents. A birth cert and student id ok?
on May 1,2014 | 12:27PM
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