State IDs to be issued by County beginning January

Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Finance, News Releases | Comments Off

BEGINNING JANUARY 2nd STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE COUNTY. PUBLIC URGED TO VISIT OFFICES AFTER JANUARY 8th, 2013.

Act 310 (SLH 2012) transfers the responsibility of State ID’s from the Attorney General’s office to the State Department of Transportation beginning January 1, 2013. The County driver’s license offices will assume that responsibility on behalf of State DOT. Members of the public in Hawai’i County will be able to apply for a State ID at the Hawai’i county driver license offices in Hilo and Kona.

Other changes affecting State Identification beginning on January 1st include:

  • No appointments are required – (available at Hilo and Kona Driver License Offices only)
  • Renewals by mail will be offered to those citizens 80 years of age or older (must be submitted with proper documentation)
  • Minimum age for state ID is 10 years old
  • Fee changes

Documents required to obtain State IDs are similar to those documents required to obtain a driver license. These requirements can be viewed at: http://hawaii.gov/dot/hawaiistateid

For questions regarding State ID’s through December 31st please continue to contact the Governor’s Liaison Offices viewable at: http://hawaii.gov/ag/hcjdc/main/hawaii_id_cards/

After January 1st please contact the driver license offices in Hilo or Kona by email at vehiclerl@co.hawaii.hi.us or by phone at 961-2222.

The public is urged to visit the Driver License offices AFTER January 8th as lines tend to be long after Holidays (1/1/2013) and after Furlough Friday weekends (1/4/2013). If you do visit the offices prior to January 8th, please be prepared for potentially longer lines and wait times.