This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Hawaii
Once you turn 15 1/2 years old, you can apply for a Hawaii instructional permit. You must obtain a permit before taking any behind-the-wheel or simulator courses.
If you are 18 years old or older, you are not required to apply for a permit and can apply for a Hawaii driver’s license.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Take multiple online practice permit tests before you head to a nearby Hawaii Driver Licensing office to take your written test. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual Hawaii learner’s permit exam.
In addition to taking some practice tests, thoroughly study the Hawaii Driver’s Manual. That way you will be prepared to pass the actual Hawaii instructional permit test with ease.
B) Gather Required Documents and Permit Fees
When applying for an instructional permit, teens must be at least 15 1/2 years old but younger than 18 years old and able to provide:
- A completed Driver's License Application.
- Written consent from their parent or legal guardian (unless married or emancipated)
- Acceptable identification
- Proper fees
C) Take the Hawaii Instructional Permit Exam
In addition to taking the written rules of the road exam, you must take pass a vision screening test. Once you pass both, the state will issue you an instructional permit valid for 1 year from the issue date.
You can renew your permit for another year period no sooner than 30 days before and no later than 1 year after the expiration date. Failure to renew within 30 days of the day it expires will mean waiting 180 days before you are eligible to take the road test.