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Hawaii CDL Practice Test

2021 Hawaii CDL practice test

Our FREE Hawaii CDL practice tests based on the Hawaii CDL manual will help you easily pass your CDL exam. In the Aloha state, fees and terms of commercial driver’s license (Hawaii CDL test) are quite complicated according to your age and the region. In Hawaii and Kauai County, if you are 21-24 the license costs $20, and then you have to renew after 4 years. Those 24-72 years old hold 8 -year licenses that cost $40. In case, you still drive after 72 years old, you could get a 2-year renewable for $10. In Honolulu and Maui County, the regulations are different, Maui charges you a $40 inspection with a $50 fee for the road skills test. Do you need to get all of them? Well, if you want to obtain class A, B, or C or qualify for any endorsements such as passenger and school buses, double/triple, hazardous materials, or air brake restriction removal. We have you covered, with our practice Hawaii CDL permit test you’ll have clarity as gorgeous as an island sunset. Now, roll up your sleeves and take the Hawaii CDL practice test today!

Hawaii CDL FAQs

How can I apply for a duplicate commercial driver’s license by mail?

Send a letter requesting a duplicate of your Hawaii Commercial Driver License if it has been lost or stolen. You will be sent a duplicate driver’s license to the current mailing address in Hawaii. 

To process your application, the following information must be included in your letter:

  • Name (as it appears on the license)
  • Mailing address
  • Social Security Number (last four digits) or Hawaii driver license number
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Signature and date
  • Reason for requesting a duplicate driver license (lost or stolen)
  • Complete and sign the CDL application form
  • A fee of $15.00 (A certified check or money order payable to City & County of Honolulu. Do NOT send cash.)

Send your signed and dated letter, application, and payment to:

City and County of Honolulu

Commercial Driver License Section 

P.O. Box 30360

Honolulu, HI 96820-0360

No fax or email requests will be accepted.

What are your hours of operation?

Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Monday to Friday except for Federal and State Holidays. Written test hours are administered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

What are the requirements or documents needed to obtain a CDL Permit?

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Submittal of the DOT Certificate (Form MCSA-5876) verifies that you meet the Medical and Physical requirements.

Pass the required vision test with a minimum of 20/40 in both eyes.

Possess a valid basic Hawaiʻi Driver License.

Certified United States Birth Certificate.

Original Social Security Card. (Note: Effective June 18, 2021, presenting Social Security Number (SSN) documentation is optional.)

Current Front Facial photo. (No smaller than passport size & no larger than a standard size photo)

Pass all required written tests for the class of license you wish to drive.

2 Proof of Residence Documents.

What are the various types or classifications of commercial driver licenses?

Class A is allowed any combination of Truck/Tractor and trailer that exceeds 26,001 GCVWR with a trailer GVW that exceeds 10,001 GVWR.

Class B is allowed any single vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001.

Class C is allowed any single vehicle that does not meet the GVW of Class B but requires a passenger or hazardous endorsement.

Are there any other tests required before obtaining my CDL?

You will need to make an appointment to be tested with a representative vehicle class and pass the following:

Pre-trip: The first test to complete is the Pre-trip vehicle test. It will demonstrate your knowledge of the commercial vehicle of the category you intend to drive and determine if the vehicle is safe to operate on the public roadways.

Skill test: This test consists of various backing maneuvers and tests your skills to operate a commercial motor vehicle of the category you intend to drive under different simulated off-road situations. You must pass this test before taking the road test.

Road test: This test will demonstrate your ability to operate a commercial vehicle of the category you intend to drive, through various traffic situations on the public roadways. 

What fees do I pay?

$30 application fee for a permit.

$5 fee per year or a fraction thereof for a new or renewed license.

$15 fee for a duplicate license or any change to the information on the license.

$15 fee to take the general knowledge test.

$5 fee to take each special knowledge test.

$15 additional fee to take the oral test.

$41 to reinstate or $66 if reinstating and renewing.

$50 fee in advance to schedule an appointment to take the skills tests. Only drivers with prepaid appointments and proof of payment will be allowed to test. If an applicant misses an appointment, he or she forfeits the prepaid fee. 

What are the requirements or documents needed to transfer my valid out-of-state CDL to a Hawaii CDL?

You have 30 days from the time you arrive to transfer your current CDL to a Hawaiʻi CDL.

Current DOT Certificate.

Certified United States Birth Certificate.

Original Social Security Card. (Note: Effective June 18, 2021, presenting Social Security Number (SSN) documentation is optional.)

Acceptable proof of residency ( utility bill, rental contract)

Current front facial picture, no smaller than a Passport photo.

HAZMAT written test with a minimum of 1 year left on current HAZMAT clearance.

May I use an out-of-state CDL Permit to test here in Hawaiʻi?

No, you can’t. An out-of-state CDL permit is not acceptable.

Will I lose any of my endorsements when I transfer my out-of-state CDL?

No. Provided the endorsements can be verified by the previous state of record.

For Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME), you must pass a hazardous materials written test. And with a minimum of 1 year left on current HAZMAT clearance.

Can I renew my Hawaii CDL by mail?

No. You must visit the CDL office to renew your CDL. You must also show proof of your current DOT Certificate. A Hawaiʻi CDL cannot be issued without a current photo affixed to your CDL.

Is there a grace period after my Hawaiʻi CDL has expired?

You have ninety (90) days after the expiration date to renew your CDL. After 90 days, a $5 late fee is assessed for every month (even partial months). After one year past the expiration date, you must start over and take the written test as well as the road test. Under state law, an expired license is invalid for driving.

If you are in the Armed Services and deployed overseas during the time of your CDL expiration date, you have up to 90 days upon return to Hawaiʻi to renew your CDL without penalty, with acceptable proof of service. It does not matter what the expiration date is.

What if I have an out-of-state CDL, do I have any grace period?

No grace period is allowed on any expired out-of-state CDL.

How do I notify the CDL office if I changed my address?

You can fax us at (808) 768-1405 or send a letter with your name, previous address, new address, license number as it appears on your driver's license, date of birth, and your signature to Commercial Drivers License Section P.O. Box 30360, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96820-0360.

Upon receipt, we will update the information in our driver record database.

If you would like to update your license plastic, you will need to visit our CDL office. The duplicate fee is $15.00.

If I have a CDL, where can I apply for a motorcycle permit or license?

You may go to any Driver’s Licensing Office to obtain a motorcycle permit.

Adding a motorcycle endorsement (category 2) to your CDL may only be completed at the Commercial Driver Licensing Office.

Any changes that affect your CDL will need to be completed at the Commercial Driver Licensing Office.

Where can I get a duplicate CDL permit or license?

You must visit the CDL office to obtain a duplicate CDL permit or license.

The CDL office is required to perform various verification and background checks according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The CDL staff is prepared to process these checks.

Always remember to bring your current DOT Certificate with you.

2 principle residence documents if there are any changes to the current address 

I just completed a new physical examination, is it necessary to bring in my new DOT card?

Yes. However, you or your doctor's office may fax or email the completed DOT Certificate to the CDL office. The fax number is 808-768-1405 and my email address is cdlmedical@honolulu.gov. Please be sure to leave a contact phone number in case there are any questions regarding your medical certificate. Please do NOT mail your certificate to the physical address.

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