Young Drivers

Effective January 9, 2006:

  • The minimum age to obtain an Instruction Permit remains at 15 ½ years of age.
  • A Provisional License may be issued at 16 years of age.
  • A Driver License may be issued at 17 years of age.
  • Applicants between the ages of 15 ½ through 17 years of age must possess a valid Hawaii Instruction Permit for a period of 180 days, and, while operating a motor vehicle be seated next to a person who is at least 21 years of age and licensed to operate the same type of motor vehicle. However, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., the supervising parent or guardian must be seated next to the minor driver.
  • Applicants must not have any pending violations that may result in suspension or revocation of either the Instruction Permit or Provisional License.
  • To obtain a Driver License at 17 years of age, you must have held a Provisional License for a period of six months.
  • Upon reaching the age of 18 years, you have until your 19th birthday in which to convert your Provisional License to a Driver License. Failure to do so will subject you to be processed as a new applicant.

Note: If your Provisional License expires on a weekend or State holiday, you must convert to a Driver License by the last working day prior to the expiration date.

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