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State to change ID card, driver’s license process

    The state Department of Transportation is preparing to make Hawaiian a driver's license exam language at the end of March.

The cost of obtaining a state identification card and the documents required to get a driver’s license in Hawaii will change beginning May 1, state Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday.

State IDs will cost $32 in Kauai County and $40 in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties.

The cost currently for a state ID is $20 for people 64 and younger and $15 for people 65 and older in all counties.

"Basically each county sets its own price. It’s up to the county," Caroline Sluyter, spokeswoman for the state DOT said.

The state ID is good for eight years. A duplicate card will cost $7 in Kauai County and $6 in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties, according to the state DOT.

The cost of an eight-year driver’s license remains $40 in Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaii counties and $32 in Kauai county.

"We’re just bringing the two programs in line with each other," Sluyter said. 

Currently, driver’s license applicants need two documents to prove that they are a legal U.S. citizen. In May, applicants seeking Hawaii driver’s licenses must prove they are legal Hawaii residents.

Any two of the following documents (original or copy) will be acceptable:

>> A current valid Hawaii driver’s license; 

>> Vehicle registration or title; 

>> A current voter registration card or other mail addressed to the applicant from a government or medical entity that is not more than two months old; 

>> Utility bill that is not more than two months old with applicant’s name and address; 

>> Checking or savings account statement not more than two months old; 

>> Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer within two months of the application date; 

>> Current mortgage account or proof of home ownership; 

>> Residential rental or time share contract for six months or more; 

>> United States income tax return, W-2 form or 1099 SSA benefits form from the previous year; 

>> Hawaii income tax return from the previous year or W-2 form; 

>> Receipt for personal property taxes paid to a county within the State of Hawaii within the last year; 

>> Medical card issued by a health insurance agency with principal residence address printed on it; 

>> Documentation dated not more than ninety days prior to making application that the individual is receiving State of Hawaii public assistance; 

>> Current property tax assessment bill or statement; 

>> A stamped department of taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance that is not more than six months old; 

>> Homeless applicants may use the address of their current shelter agency, or if not staying in a shelter, may use the general delivery of the post office nearest where they spend most of their time; 

>>Applicants documenting enrollment in a State or Federal address confidentiality program which allows an applicant to obtain and use alternative addresses may use an alternative address on the card but must provide the applicant’s permanent address for file purposes; 

>> P.O. Box numbers are not acceptable to indicate principal residence address unless a number and street name have not been assigned for U.S. mail delivery. An address convention used by the U.S. Postal Service is acceptable; 

>> Affidavit indicating that the applicant currently resides with the affiant, provided the affiant’s address can be verified and the affidavit is notarized within two months of the application date; or 

>> Other documents the examiner of drivers accepts as proof of principal residence in the State of Hawaii. 

For a list of acceptable documents required for the state ID, visit

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