State of Hawaii Requirements for Teen Drivers

  1. INSTRUCTIONAL PERMIT PHASE - must be at least 15 years & 6 months to apply for an instruction permit.
  2. PROVISIONAL LICENSE PHASE - must be at least 16 years old, but under 18 years old, holds an instruction permit and has held it for at least 180 days and no pending violations, suspensions or revocations, satisfactorily completes a State Certified Driver's Education Course and possesses the Classroom and Behind The Wheel certificates AND successfully passes a road test from the Department of Motor Vehicles (Driver Licensing Locations).
  3. FULL LICENSE PHASE - eligible to convert to a full license if satisfactorily held the provisional license for at least 6 months, has no pending violations, suspensions or revocations AND at least 17 years old and has complied with all the requirements of Chapter 286 HRS.

Classroom Instructions

Each student must successfully complete 30 hours of classroom instruction by a certified Driver Education Instructor who follows the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA). 

Behind The Wheel Instructions

Each student must successfully complete a minimum of 6 hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction by a certified Driver Education Instructor.  Lessons may vary from 1  to 1 1.5 hour sessions.  In addition to the 6 hours of Behind the Wheel instruction, each student must have at least 50 hours of supervised driving with a licensed driver over the age of 21, (10 hours at night driving & 40 hours at daytime driving.)  Parents or guardian must submit a Notarized Affidavit of the Supervised Driving Log verifying the student completed the 50 hours requirements.  The completed affidavit must be submitted to and will be retained by instructor.

Certificate of Completion

Certificates will be issued after successful completion of Classroom instruction, Behind the Wheel instruction and receipt of the notarized Supervised Driving Log & Affidavit.  Both certificates are required to take the road test.