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What ID to bring when renewing your Hawaii driver’s license with Gold Star


UPDATE: Gold Star REAL ID deadline has been extended to May 3, 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More info here

When the time comes to renew your Hawai‘i Driver’s License, make sure you have all the required documents so there’s no delay in getting your license.

Hawaii Driver's License Gold Star
Hawaii Driver’s License Gold Star

On January 16, 2018, motorists renewing their Hawai’i driver’s licenses began bearing a star in a gold circle, indicating that the license is in full compliance with new Federal guidelines.

To obtain the gold star driver’s licenses, which indicates the license is Real ID compliant, motorists must present the following documents to the Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division:

  • A U.S. State, Local Government- issued Certificate of Birth; or a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card;
  • For married women who changed their names, a certified government-issued marriage certificate (showing name on birth certificate);
  • A Social Security card (unlaminated) showing current name;
  • Two documents showing your physical address (such as a HELCO bill).  If you use a post office box number, submit one document with the post office box number and one document with your physical address.

Note:  Motorists may elect to get a limitedpurpose driver’s license, which will not have a gold star, but which may ONLY be used to drive. For more information on Acceptable Documents visit our website: .

The County Division of Vehicle Registration & Licensing recommend renewing your license in the middle of the month when visiting Kona, Waimea or Pāhoa offices, to avoid peak crowds at other times of the month.  Customers may pay with cash or personal checks; no credit cards.

No change is required at this time to currently-valid licenses.

The Department of Homeland Security has mandated that all driver’s licenses used as identification to board flights and enter all Federal buildings must bear the gold star by October 1, 2020.  Passports can be used as alternate identification to board flights.

8 Responses to “What ID to bring when renewing your Hawaii driver’s license with Gold Star”

  1. Elsie Takemura says:

    My Social Security Card is laminated. What else can I use for a duplicate driver’s license with a gold star. My license expires on 2021.

  2. Henry eng says:

    My license does not expire until 4/14/2021. Can I get a Gold Star License now? What is the procedure?

  3. Richard A. Turchi says:

    I lost my driver license. It was valid until 2022. If I provide the required documents will a duplicate license be issued with a Gold Star?

  4. Lance K Ahulau says:

    I renewed my drivers license May 2017 went online to apply for a duplicate license with the gold star, but was told my information could not be retrived and that i need to apply in person

  5. Teresita Lumabao says:

    My mother inlaw’s state ID doesn’t expire until 10/2023. I am taking her to Las Vegas, will she need to have the Gold Star?


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