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Hawaii DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Hawaii?

    Teens can apply for a Hawaii Learner’s Permit when they are 15½ years old.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You will need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificate to establish proof of age. You will also need to provide a signed parental consent form. After providing the proper documentation, you will then need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 30 questions on the written knowledge test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 24 questions correctly to pass the exam.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    As with most tests, the key to passing is studying properly. Research indicates that one of the best ways to study for the written knowledge test is to take multiple online practice exams that provide real sample questions from the written knowledge test. Click on the link to take a Hawaii practice permit test and test your driving knowledge.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Approximately 50% of first-time test takers fail to pass the exam. Many states require you to wait at least a day to retake the exam and may also charge a re-examination fee. To improve your odds of passing on the first try, take multiple practice exams that have been designed to mirror the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    Fees vary by county but in general average $10.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    In Hawaii, licensing is governed at the state level and also regulated at the county level by county directors of finance. To determine your requirements based on where you live, please visit http://www1.honolulu.gov/csd/vehicle/dllocations.htm.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    When you visit the local driver exam office with a parent or guardian you will need to bring two forms of identification proving your age and your name. You will also need to confirm you have a Social Security Number. Then you will need to pass the written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

The Hawaii DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Getting your learner’s permit is a wonderful accomplishment. It grants your access to a significant rite of passage – driving.  And, all you have to do is take the first step and pass the permit test.

Hawaii’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to pass a written test in order to receive your permit. The written permit test more commonly known as the permit test, makes sure you’re knowledgeable of the rules of the road, road signs, and safe driving techniques.

Get the Confidence You Need With HI DMV Practice Permit Tests

Getting ready for your Hawaii permit test doesn’t have to be frustrating, but you should be aware that for those that choose to go in unprepared, the likely scenario is leaving the testing office empty handed.  In fact, statistics reveal that the majority of people fail the exam every year.  Do you really want to return to the DMV office and take the exam all over again?

Fortunately, we’ve made it easy for you to begin preparing for the exam. On this page, you’ll find powerful resources including our sample interactive Hawaii practice permit test.  The practice test is designed to give you a better idea of the official exam format while introducing you to some of the material you might encounter on test day. You’ll also find the official Hawaii Driver’s Handbook. We’ve even included resources if you are looking to get their motorcycle endorsement or license.

We’ve assembled a powerful set of tools necessary to help you calmly and confidently take your Hawaii permit test.

Why put it off any longer?  With our help, you’ll be behind the wheel in no time!