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Old 02-09-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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What are the rules about registering a car?

My car is being shipped.

How long do I have to register it and do I have to get Hawaii license plate and Hawaii license or can I use my current state's license?

I will be there a year or two.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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What are the rules about registering a car?

My car is being shipped.

How long do I have to register it and do I have to get Hawaii license plate and Hawaii license or can I use my current state's license?

I will be there a year or two.
You are required to register your vehicle with the State of Hawaii within 30 calendar days from the time you pickup your automobile

Two options:

1) transfer your vehicle registration to Hawaii registration, or
2) obtain a permit to operate your vehicle with its out-of-state plates until those plates expire.

To register you must take with you:

1) the original motor vehicle registration
2) your copy of the shipping bill of lading
3) proof of Hawaii No-Fault insurance - You must have original printed Hawaii insurance id cards from your agent - cards printed at home will not be sufficient.
4) current safety inspection certificate - You must have the insurance from Hawaii prior to this step

You can keep your drivers license although there are benefits to getting a Hawaii license (local discounts)
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Kahuku, HI
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I have been following relocater2HI78's threads as I am a few months behind them and will be permanently moving to Oahu in April...It's maybe a little different as we have a home there and I.D. cards. One thing that is not quite clear: Do you need to have Hawaiian car insurance BEFORE you drive your car off the pier or can you use your mainland insurance (as you would driving from state to state on mainland) for a few weeks?
We have State Farm in California , do they have that on Oahu, if so we can transfer it to a state farm off ice there.
Thank you in advance
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Call your agent in CA and ask if you are covered in Hawaii. And, yes, State Farm is in Hawaii (we have a great agent on the Big Island).

You do need to have HI car insurance before you get your state safety inspection.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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1. Get an official insurance card from your agent - as already mentioned, not one you printed off with your home printer.

2. Get a safety inspection. You will fail the safety due to invalid (non-Hawaii) registration. Don't despair.

3. Go to the vehicle registration office taking with you your insurance card, failed safety slip and your out of state registration/title.

4. With valid registration in hand, go back to place you tried to get the safety at, show them the new Hawaii registration and they will pass you on the safety.

It has to be done in that order.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Call your agent in CA and ask if you are covered in Hawaii. And, yes, State Farm is in Hawaii (we have a great agent on the Big Island). You do need to have HI car insurance before you get your state safety inspection.
To be clear, you need Hawai'i car insurance for Hawai'i registration and plates. It's a different policy from your California policy. I have insurance on a vehicle in Hawai'i and a vehicle on the mainland... same parent company, two different policies for two different states.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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I did say that you need HI car insurance before getting the state safety inspection. Haleiwa Girl was wondering if her mainland insurance would be good for a few weeks, so that's why I suggested that she check with her CA agent. Hopefully we haven't confused anyone. The process is confusing enough on its own!
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Just FYI if you get a HI drivers license, they will take away your other state license. If you are only going to be here a year or two, you maybe want to hang onto your other state license, so that you won't have to go through getting that again when you leave.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Just FYI if you get a HI drivers license, they will take away your other state license. If you are only going to be here a year or two, you maybe want to hang onto your other state license, so that you won't have to go through getting that again when you leave.
ALL states do that. It is illegal to hold drivers licenses in two or more states.
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