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Big Island Hawaii Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division

101 Pauahi Street, #5
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
West Hawaii Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
For assistance to access services in Kona, please call 808-323-4818 and speak to a staff member to make arrangements.

The registration of all vehicles in Hawaii must be renewed every year in the county where the vehicle is registered and being driven.

Renewal application forms are mailed to the registered owner approximately 45 days before the vehicle's registration expiration date.

To renew your registration please mail the renewal application form, along with your check for the amount indicated. Also, if it is noted on your renewal form, include the yellow copy of your current vehicle inspection certificate.

Failure to renew your registration will result in a penalty of 10 percent of the motor vehicle weight tax.

Non-Hawaii Registered Vehicle

The following lists the requirements to switch from out of state license plates to Hawaii license plates and obtain Hawaii County registration:

Complete and sign an appropriate application for registration form.
Submit the last issued out of state certificate of registration.
Submit the last issued out of state certificate of title if you are listed as the lienholder.
Submit a bill of lading or shipping receipt, which shows the date the vehicle arrived in Hawaii County.
Submit a current Hawaii certificate of safety inspection.

If vehicle’s year model is previous, current or subsequent year (ex. 2003, 2004, or 2005), submit a State of Hawaii form G-27 form with any required attachments. This form may be obtained from the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation or from their web site at www.state.hi.us/tax/alphalist.html#g. Questions regarding the G-27 form should be directed to the Hawaii District Tax Office at 808-974-6321.

If we do not have the weight of the vehicle as established by the manufacturer, you may be required to have the vehicle weighed at a state certified scale. Registration personnel will determine the required fees.

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