HDOT NEWS RELEASE: New law requires ignition users to drive with Hawaii State identification card

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is reminding all ignition interlock permit holders that a new law requires them to have the permit and a valid State of Hawaii identification card in their immediate possession while operating a vehicle equipped with the ignition interlock device.  The new law, Act 40, goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

The penalties for violating this law are:

  • For a first-time offense,
    • Three consecutive days to 30 days imprisonment;
    • A fine of $250-$1,000;
    • License revocation for an additional year; and
    • Loss of privilege to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device.
  • For an offense within five years of a prior conviction,
    • Thirty days imprisonment;
    • A fine of $1,000;
    • License revocation for an additional two years; and
    • Loss of privilege to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device.
  • For an offense within five years of two or more prior convictions,
    • One year imprisonment;
    • A fine of $2,000;
    • Permanent license revocation;
    • Loss of privilege to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device.

State of Hawaii identification cards may be obtained in person at the Driver License locations listed on the HDOT website (http://hidot.hawaii.gov/hawaiistateid).  Applicants must present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address.

In addition, Act 40 allows for a person whose license was revoked for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant to apply for relicensing 30 days prior to the end of the revocation period, as long as the license is not issued prior to completion of the revocation period.

If you have any questions regarding Act 40, please consult with legal counsel.  HDOT does not provide legal advice.

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