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Vehicle Registration in Hawaii

Hawaii Vehicle Registration

Hawaii vehicles must be registered through the local motor vehicles office per the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Newly purchased vehicles and vehicles purchased out-of-state will likely need to be titled and registered. The process and fees may vary slightly based on your county of residence.

If possible, consider making an appointment ahead of time.

NOTE: A Motor Vehicle Tax Certification (G-27) form must be completed and submitted to a state tax office if your vehicle was brought in from another state and the model year is the current, previous, or next year.

Title and Register a Vehicle in Purchased in Honolulu County

In most cases, when you purchase a vehicle from a dealership the paperwork for registration and transfer of ownership will be completed for you. If it wasn’t or if you purchased from a private seller, you’ll need to visit your local satellite city hall office and present the:

  • Certificate of title, signed by both buyer and seller. The odometer disclosure section must be completed by the seller.
    • If there is a lienholder, they must complete section B of the title.
  • Current inspection certificate.
  • Latest vehicle registration document.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.

Title and Register a Vehicle from Another State or County in Honolulu County

If you need to register a vehicle from another county or state, you must visit your local satellite city hall office and provide your:

  • Certificate of title. If this is unavailable a bill of sale is required.
  • Inspection certificate.
  • Current registration.
  • A lien satisfaction letter or a cancelled contract with the words “PAID IN FULL” stamped on it, if a lien was recorded on the title and the lienholder has not released interest on the certificate.
  • Vehicle inspection certificate.
  • Shipping receipt/bill of lading if the vehicle is from another state.
  • Non-resident certificate for active duty military members temporarily stationed in Hawaii.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.

Title and Register a Vehicle in Purchased in Maui County

In most cases, when you purchase a vehicle from a dealership in Maui you won’t have to title and register the vehicle yourself. If it wasn’t or if you purchased from a private seller, you’ll need to visit your local Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing office and present your:

  • Certificate of title, signed by both buyer and seller. The odometer disclosure section must be completed by the seller.
    • If there is a lienholder, they must complete section D of the title.
  • Current Non-Commercial Vehicle Certification (DMVL576-08-08) if the vehicle is a cargo or pickup truck.
  • Latest vehicle registration document.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.

Title and Register a Vehicle from Another State or County in Maui County

When you move to Maui county, you must present the following documents to your local Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing (DMVL) office to transfer your title and registration:

Title and Register a Vehicle in Purchased in Hawaii County

When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, the paperwork for registration and transfer of ownership is usually completed for you. If it wasn’t or if you purchased from a private seller, you’ll need to visit your vehicle registration office within 30 days of purchase and present the:

  • Certificate of title, signed by both buyer and seller.
  • Current inspection certificate.
  • Current registration.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.

Title and Register a Vehicle from Another State or County in Maui County

If you need to register a vehicle from another county or state, you must visit your local motor vehicle office and provide your:

  • Certificate of title if you are listed as the lienholder.
  • Current inspection certificate.
  • Current registration.
  • Vehicle inspection certificate.
  • Shipping receipt/bill of lading if the vehicle is from another state.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.

Title and Register a Vehicle in Purchased in Kaua’i County

Usually, if you purchase a vehicle from a dealership the registration and transfer of ownership paperwork will be submitted for you. If it wasn’t or if you purchased from a private seller, you’ll need to visit your Driver Licensing and Motor Vehicles (DLMV) office and provide your:

  • Certificate of title, signed by both buyer and seller. The odometer disclosure section must be completed by the seller.
    • If there is a lienholder, they must complete section E of the title.
  • A Non-commercial Vehicle Certification (MVR-044) if the vehicle is 6,500 lbs. or more.
  • Current vehicle inspection certificate.
  • Latest vehicle registration document.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.

Title and Register a Vehicle from Another State or County in Kaua’i County

If you need to register a vehicle from another county or state, you must visit your local DLMV office and provide your:

  • Completed Application for Registration (DFL-1).
  • Certificate of title if you are listed as the lienholder.
  • Current inspection certificate.
  • Current registration.
  • Vehicle inspection certificate.
  • Shipping receipt/bill of lading if the vehicle is from another state.
  • Payment for the title and registration fees.