Department of Transportation | Hawaii’s Legal Presence Law

Do any of these requirements have anything to do with the ability of an individual to operate a motor vehicle?

INTRODUCTION

Effective March 5, 2012, anyone applying for an original or renewal of their Hawaii driver’s license or permit must show proof of legal presence in the U.S.

Legal presence means that a person is either a U.S. citizen or is legally authorized to be in the United States.

Act 38, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010, prohibits the issuance of a Hawaii driver’s license to any person that is not legally in the United States and limits the term of the issued licenses only for the period that the applicant is temporarily authorized to be in the United States.

Legal Presence Affects Everyone

Legal presence requirements affect anyone applying for a Hawaii driver’s license, including U.S. citizens and foreign-born applicants, those applying for a learner’s permit, and permit holders passing their road test to obtain a driver’s license. Legal presence also applies to anyone who has just moved to Hawaii from another state or country, and anyone renewing their Hawaii driver’s license or permit.

Proof of legal presence will be required from:

Applicants applying for an original Hawaii driver’s license.
Anyone who has never held or is re-applying for a Hawaii driver’s license must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Applicants renewing their Hawaii driver’s license.
Anyone who renews their Hawaii driver’s license must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and aliens admitted for permanent residence status in the U.S. will need to provide proof of legal presence documents every second renewal.
Drivers reinstating their driving privilege because of a license revocation or cancellation.
Customers whose license or permit to drive has been revoked or cancelled must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Drivers who have allowed their license to expire.
Anyone who lets his driver’s license expire, even by just one day, must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Permit holders when they pass their road test and obtain a Hawaii driver’s license.
All permit holders must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Drivers converting their Hawaii provisional driver’s license to a full driver’s license.
All license holders who convert from a provisional to a full license must provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.
Proof of legal presence will NOT be required from:

Applicants applying for a duplicate Hawaii driver’s license or permit.
Temporary Legal Length of Stay – Limited Duration Driver’s Licenses or Permits

Persons who are authorized by the federal government to be present temporarily in the U.S. will be issued limited duration driver’s licenses or permits.
Applicants who are temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. are required to present proof of legal presence when applying for an initial or renewal of a Hawaii driver’s license or permit.

Now, check this link and see if any of these requirements have to do with the operation of a motor vehicle.

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