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County driver’s license offices to issue state IDs


The governor’s neighbor island Liaison Offices stopped issuing State ID cards Friday, Dec. 14. There will be a brief period when the public will not be able to obtain a State ID.

Act 310 (SLH 2012) transfers the responsibility of State IDs from the Attorney General’s office to the state Department of Transportation beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

The county driver’s license offices will resume that responsibility on behalf of state DOT. Members of the public in Hawaii County will be able to apply for a State ID at the Hawaii County driver license offices in Hilo and Kona.

This transition moves Hawaii one step closer to meeting federal requirements under the REAL ID Act of 2005. Currently, Hawaii is the only state where driver’s license and state identification cards are issued by different government offices.

Other changes affecting State Identification beginning Jan. 1 include:

* No appointments are required – (available at Hilo and Kona Driver License Offices only)

* Renewals by mail will be offered to those citizens 80 years of age or older (must be submitted with proper documentation)

* Minimum age for state ID is 10 years old

* Fee changes

Documents required to obtain State IDs are the same as the documents required to obtain a driver license.

These requirements can be viewed at:

For questions regarding State IDs through Dec. 31, contact the Governor’s Liaison Offices in Hilo at 974-6265 and Kona at 327-4953.

After Jan. 1, contact the driver license offices in Hilo or Kona by email at or by phone at 961-2222.

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