Hawaii

A rapidly growing number of senior drivers on our nation’s highways has prompted many states to develop special tools, programs and resources to assist older adults and their families to better manage safe driving.

Many states also have enacted driver’s licensing laws with special provisions for older adults. Summarized below are programs and licensing laws that exist in the great state of Hawaii.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Hawaii, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person and pass a vision test every eight years. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 72 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every two years.

Almost every state, including Hawaii, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Hawaii accepts reports only from family members. If a state agency finds a complaint reasonable and credible, it may ask the reported driver to submit additional information, which could be used to help determine if a screening or assessment is justified.

Visit the Hawaii Department of Transportation website or call (808) 692-7650 to learn more about the process and potential outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

HAWAII DMV SENIOR DRIVER WEBSITE

The state of Hawaii has a website to inform senior drivers about issues affecting them, including renewing a license, taking a vision test, undergoing driving re-examinations and obtaining a restricted driver’s licenses. Learn more >>

View additional Hawaii licensing information.

SENIOR DRIVER REHABILITATION PROGRAMS AND DRIVER’S EDUCATION

Occupational therapists can help identify drivers’ visual, physical and cognitive impairments and make recommendations to limit risks. To find a driving specialist, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website. (If you can’t find a driving specialist or program near you, contact your local rehabilitation hospital’s occupational therapy department for assistance.) Learn more >>

DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

In Hawaii, traffic schools offer driver improvement and education courses. People enroll in these courses to receive safe driving points and insurance discounts. Check with your insurance company to see if it offers a senior discount. Learn more >>

SUPPLEMENTAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS FOR OLDER DRIVERS

The Beverly Foundation offers information on a number of supplemental transportation programs for older drivers in Hawaii, including resources on volunteer driver programs and information on senior-related transportation options. Learn more >>