Hawaii CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
Driving Between States Age:
Hazardous Age:
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Health
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card

The unique setting provided by the state of Hawaii provides for some unique requirements. Unlike other states, Hawaii CDL requirements feature an age requirement of 21. Those under 18 are not allowed to apply for a CDL.

The actual Hawaii CDL requirements may change slightly based on the county that the license is applied for in. Hawaii licensing information can be found by contacting the exact county that you will be applying in. It is important to note that there is no need for interstate licensing, something that will ease the requirements and make the application process easier.

The first thing that applicants for the CDL will want to do is learn the rules for driving commercial vehicles, because they will have to take a written exam on this subject. They will be able to learn everything they will need to know in Hawaii’s CDL Handbook

When applying for a CDL in Hawaii, applicants must already have a picture with them. The picture can be one that would be taken for a passport, for example, or it can be an official 2 inch by 3 inch photograph. The office requests that this picture be in color only.

Also before they present themselves to apply for the CDL, applicants will have to visit their doctors so that they can fill out Hawaii’s Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination. Informally known as the DOT medical report, applicants will need to present this report when they apply in person for the commercial license.

The Necessary Fees

Applying for the CDL will mean that drivers will be required to pay fees before they can begin the process:

  • Written test - $15
  • Endorsements - $5 each
  • CDL permit - $30
  • Road skills test - $50

The Application Process

Applicants will need to appear at the office to fill out the CDL application. When they go, they are going to need to have their Social Security Cards with them as well as the driver license they are currently using. They will need to have their birth certificates as well, because they will need to have proof that they are at least 21 years old.

After they fill out the application and present all of their documents to the examiners, applicants will be directed to take the written knowledge test and an eye test. Upon successful completion of the entire process, they will be able to receive a learner’s permit and schedule an appointment to take their road skills tests.

Those who pass the various tests required for Hawaii CDL requirements will find that their license is good for 6 years. At that point, licensees must look for Hawaii Re-licensing information and re-apply for their CDL license. All renewals are going to need to retake a vision exam and turn in a new medical clearance form.  The free Hawaii CDL Manual covers the information needed to pass your written test.


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