HAWAII DRIVER LICENSES FOR THE UNDOCUMENTED
Hawaii began on January 1, 2016, to allow all age-qualifying (are old enough under the law to get licenses) Hawaii residents to obtain drivers licenses, regardless of their immigration status in the United States.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW?The license will allow Hawaii residents to drive and to obtain motor vehicle insurance in Hawaii. By USCIS regulations the license can be used to prove identity (but not work eligibility) when completing the I-9 form for an employer. The license is not evidence of lawful presence in the United States, and is not valid for many other United States federal government purposes.
The purpose of the new law is to enable the DMV in each county to issue uniquely identified limited purpose driver's licenses to residents who meet the other qualifications for licensure or permit and provide proof of their identity and state residency.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAW.You cannot be required to provide information as to your eligibility or ineligibly for a Social Security number.
DMV cannot disclose the identity of any applicant who does not provide a Social Security card or a Social Security number.
On the front side will be: "Not acceptable for official federal purposes"
On the back side will be: "This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits".
The license will have a unique design and color to distinguish it from "compliant" licenses.
The licenses will expire and can be renewed in the same way as is done for "compliant" licenses.
It is illegal to discriminate against a person because she applied for, was denied, was issued, holds, or presents a limited purpose driver's license, limited purpose provisional driver's license, or limited purpose instruction permit.
The licenses cannot be used to consider a person's citizenship or immigration status as a basis for a criminal investigation, arrest, or detention.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THIS LICENES?In the State of Hawaii go to the County Department of Motor Vehicles (County DMV) to apply. Be sure to bring all the documents you need.
There is a long list of documents that can be used to establish identity, and residency in Hawaii. See the web link below for the excellent HI Department Of Transportation FAQS for the regulations that will guide the county DMVs (examiner of drivers) through the process of issuing the licenses