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Deadline for Driver’s License Renewals Extended

April 14, 2021, 6:30 AM HST
* Updated April 14, 6:24 AM
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The deadline for driver’s license renewals has been extended to June.

Hawaiʻi County residents whose driver’s license expired on or after March 16, 2020, have until June 8 to renew them. The extension comes as the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division works to make up for the more than 30,000 renewals that were affected by COVID-19 in 2020.

Licenses may be renewed by appointment only, and residents must apply online at hawaiicounty.gov/renewal.

The extension is part of the Mayor’s 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, signed Monday, April 12, and the Governor’s 19th Emergency Proclamation, which was signed Friday, April 9. Both emergency proclamations extend all previous policies and procedures related to COVID-19.

“We are extremely grateful to the community for their continued patience as we work tirelessly to address the backlog caused by COVID-19 last year,” said Naomi O’Dell, Vehicle Registration and Licensing Administrator. “We understand that people are frustrated and extremely concerned about when they will be able to renew their license, and we are doing all we can to expedite the process. We have done a great job thus far of getting as many people in as possible, and we look forward to increasing capacity in the near future.”

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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth said extending the emergency proclamation provides the opportunity to get the county back on track.

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“Even though we are technically in a state of emergency, we like to look at it as a state of recovery for our community,” Roth said. “Ensuring that people can renew their licenses and get around legally is a part of that recovery. Getting back to normal will take time, and we appreciate everyone for their willingness to work towards recovery – together.”

For more information, contact the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division at 808-961-2223 or email the county at [email protected] for more information.

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