DMV to begin reopening Monday

The County of Hawaii Department of Finance announced Friday the first phase of reopening of its Division of Vehicle Registration and Licensing offices for limited in-person services beginning Monday.

All VRL offices, with the exception of the Naalehu and Waimea offices, will be open for limited services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Naalehu office will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only. The Waimea office will not be able to open at this time.


Operations will be modified to ensure the safety of both customers and employees. Face coverings must be worn, and customers must adhere to the recommended 6-foot social distancing. Only those customers receiving services will be allowed inside the lobby, and minors or those needing additional assistance may have a parent/guardian or caregiver accompany them, if needed.

Appointments for both vehicle registration and driver’s license transactions may be scheduled online at; walk-ins are welcome but will be subject to daily limits, based on the availability of staffing and the estimated transaction processing time.


In anticipation of higher demand upon the initial reopening, the offices will be limiting transactions to renewals of licenses expired or expiring in March, April, May or June; initial licenses; replacement licenses; motor vehicle ownership transfers; initial vehicle registrations; duplicate titles and registrations; and replacement license plates and emblems.

Due to ongoing health concerns, no road tests are being scheduled at this time. Vehicle registration renewals may be completed through mail-in, online, drop box, or automated kiosk alternatives.

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