Hawaii's New Legal Presence Law

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Posted over 2 years ago. Applies to Hawaii, 2 helpful votes



Who is affected by this law?

The law requires all applicants for the following, including U.S. citizens, permanent residents and temporary visitors to the U.S. to provide proof that they are in the country legally: Original drivers license; Renewal drivers license; Reinstatement of drivers license or permit previously cancelled or revoked; Drivers who have allowed their license to expire; Learners permit; Permit holders who pass the road test and apply for an original drivers license; Drivers converting their drivers license from one type to another.


Who is not affected by this law?

Persons applying for a duplicate drivers license or permit do not need to provide proof of legal presence in the U.S.


What about temporary visitors lawfully present in the US?

Temporary visitors lawfully present in the US will be issued a limited duration drivers license valid for the duration of their lawful presence.

Additional Resources

The link below is guidance published by the Hawaii Department of Transportation regarding Hawaii's Legal Presence Law. If you have any concerns or questions, please consult with an immigration attorney.

About Hawaii's Legal Presence Law

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