State ID Program Moving to County Driver Licensing Offices

The Governor’s neighbor island Liaison Offices will stop issuing State ID cards on Friday, December 14, 2012.  There will be a brief period when the public will not be able to obtain a State ID.

Hawaii State ID Card

Act 310 (SLH 2012) transfers the responsibility of State IDs from the Attorney General’s office to the State Department of Transportation beginning January 1, 2013.  The County driver’s license offices will resume that responsibility on behalf of State DOT. Members of the public in Hawai‘i County will be able to apply for a State ID at the Hawai‘i County driver license offices in Hilo and Kona.

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

Other changes affecting State Identification beginning on January 1st 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 December 31st please continue to contact the Governor’s Liaison Offices in Hilo at 974-6265 and Kona at 327-4953.

After January 1st please contact the driver license offices in Hilo or Kona by email at or by phone at 961-2222.


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