Hawaii Graduated Driver Licensing (GLD) Program
If you are younger than 18 years old and are applying for your first driver's license, you'll need to satisfy the requirements of the Hawaii graduated driver licensing program.
The Hawaii GDL program is divided into the following phases:
- Instruction permit, which allows:
- Supervised driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- Supervised driving with your parent/guardian at any time.
- Provisional driver's license, which allows:
- No more than 1 passenger younger than 18 years old, unless he or she is a family member.
- Unsupervised driving between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- Driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a parent/guardian, OR when traveling to or from work/school with a signed statement.
- Unrestricted driver's license.
Hawaii Learner's Permit
The first steps of the Hawaii GDL program when you are least 15 1/2 years old by obtaining your learner's permit and completing Driver's Ed.
For more information on the Hawaii driver's education requirement, please see our Driver's Ed in Hawaii page.
To apply for your HI learner's permit, you'll need to Book Your Appointment. at the DMV office with your parent(s)/guardian(s) and:
You must hold your learner's permit for at least 180 days and complete HI driver's education before moving on to the next steps of the GDL program.
Learner's Permit Driving Restrictions
With your learner's permit, you can:
- Drive with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- Drive with your parent/guardian at any time.
Hawaii Provisional Driver's License
You will be eligible for a provisional driver's license once you:
- Are at least 16 years old.
- Have held your learner's permit for at least 180 days.
- Have completed driver's education.
To obtain your provisional driver's license, you'll need to schedule and pass a driving test.
To take your DMV road test and earn your provisional license, you'll need to:
- Be accompanied by a licensed adult (21 yrs. or older)
- Provide your valid Hawaii learner's permit.
- Pay the Kauai County Fee Chart.
You must hold your provisional driver's license for at least 6 months before moving on to obtain your unrestricted driver's license.
Provisional License Driving Restrictions
Your provisional driver's license allows you to drive:
- With no more than 1 passenger younger than 18 years old, unless he or she is a family member.
- Unsupervised between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a parent/guardian OR when traveling to or from work/school. You must have a statement signed by your parent/guardian or employer.
Full Unrestricted Hawaii Driver's License
Once you are at least 17 years old and have held your provisional license for at least 6 months, you can upgrade to an unrestricted driver's license.
- Provide your provisional license.
- Pay the driver license fee. Fees may vary by county.