Hawaii License Plate Information Summary
Your local DMV office is where you apply for new Hawaii license plates. You don't have to go there to renew them; that can be done by mail, online or if you really want, in person. In most cases, you are allowed to transfer your license plates from an old vehicle to your newer vehicle.
Hawaii License Plates Offered
Hawaii offers standard plates, military plates, vanity license plates, disabled plates, and various other plates associated with organizations. You should contact your local DMV to find out what types of plates are offered.
You will also need to get a sticker telling people when your license plate will expire.
You can get temporary Hawaii license plates from your dealer while you are waiting to get your regular plates.
You need Hawaii license plates if you move to Hawaii with a car, or otherwise own a car in the state.
When You Need To Get Hawaii License Plates
Every county in Hawaii has different rules on how long you can use your temporary plates. In general, getting it done as quickly as possible is your best bet.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You should get a notice before your license plates expire. If you don't you can look at the tag and clearly see when it will be out of date.
You can then renew your license plate and get a new up to date sticker to put on it.
If Your Hawaii License Plates Are Stolen
If your plates are stolen, you must contact the police and get a report from them in order to get new plates.
If your plates are damaged, you simply have to bring those damaged plates to your local DMV. You will also need a copy of your registration, and cash or a check for the replacement fee – which, again, is different in every county.
In some counties, you will also have to have your vehicle inspected and pass safety checks before you can get a replacement Hawaii license plate.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
In general, you can transfer your old tags to your newer vehicle.
You need to surrender your Hawaii license plates when you move out of state or cancel your insurance.
Hawaii License Plate Costs
Fees vary widely for license plate costs depending on the type of vehicle you drive and where in Hawaii you live. Contact your local DMV to find out how much you will have to pay for new Hawaii license plates.