While Hawaii is a small state locked by water, those who wish to drive commercial vehicles in this state must hold a Commercial Driver’s License, or CDL. This license is awarded to qualified driver’s who meet all of the physical, knowledge and skill requirements. The following is a basic outline for those who are interested in obtaining their Hawaii CDL. Take note, at the end of this article you will find a resources section with links to all referenced materials.
Hawaii CDL Learner’s Permit:
Those who are interested in obtaining a Hawaii CDL must first obtain a Hawaii CDL Learner’s Permit. To do so, you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid Hawaii Driver’s License as well as have an official birth certificate and a social security card. You will also need a current facial photograph, similar to those found in passports.
You will also be required to pass a vision test, which requires vision of 20/40 in both eyes (minimum specification). You must also submit a US Department of Transportation Physical Evaluation Report (Form DOT 4-766). This form must be signed by a licensed physician.
After gathering all of the aforementioned documentation, you will need to go to a local Hawaii DMV office and fill out an application for a Commercial Driver’s License. This form also requires a $30 permit fee. After doing so, you can then schedule a general knowledge test. This test covers information found in the Hawaii Commercial Driver’s Manual. All applicants must take the general knowledge test; however, depending on the type of vehicle you will be driving you may be required to take more than one written test. As of 2010, there are six possible written knowledge tests you may need to take. You will also be required to pay a $15 for the general knowledge test and an additional $5 for every endorsement written test you must take.
Hawaii CDL Skill Tests:
After you have obtained your Hawaii CDL Learner’s Permit you may then schedule skill tests, which are required to obtain an official Hawaii CDL. The skills test is comprised of three sections, which include: Pre-Trip Evaluation, which demonstrates your knowledge of the vehicle you plan to operate. The next test is the Skill Test, which is performed on a closed course, and lastly you must take the Road Test, which will demonstrate your performance when operating a vehicle on actual roadways with traffic and various obstacles.
As of 2010, each of the skill tests requires a different fee. The fee breakdown is as follows: $10 for the Pre Trip Evaluation, $20 for the Skills Test and $20 for the Road Test. After you have passed all tests you must pay the $30 CDL fee, and then you’ll be issued an official Hawaii CDL.
Honolulu Division of Motor Vehicles: FAQs about Commercial Drivers License Station (CDL)
Hawaii Division of Motor Vehicles: Commercial Driver License Manual
Hawaii Division of Motor Vehicles: State of Hawaii Driver License Requirements