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Limited Purpose Licenses Available in 2016

December 17, 2015, 1:07 PM HST
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Beginning on the first work day of 2016, Jan. 4, members of the public will be able to obtain a limited purpose instruction permit, limited purpose provision driver’s license, or a limited purpose driver’s license.

Cards issued for one of the limited purpose permit or licenses will not require proof of legal presence or social security number.

According to the Hawai’i Department of Transportation, the term “legal presence” is defined as a person who is either a United States citizen or is legally authorized to be in the U.S.

With a limited purpose provisional driver’s license and limited purpose driver’s license, holders can operate a motor vehicle on public highways.

The credentials are not real ID compliant and will not be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration to board a commercial aircraft or enter federal facilities. In those instances, additional screening or documents may be required.


DOT officials say that in addition to the TSA, the credential will not be accepted for official federal purposes and does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits.


Verification of legal name, date of birth, and principal residence in Hawai’i will be required by those applying for the limited purpose credentials.

To learn more about requirements, eligibility, and periods of validity visit the DOT website.

Big Island residents can also call the county’s office at 961-2222.


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