Starting May 1, 2014, Hawaii’s counties take over the complicated business of issuing State Identification Cards and Driver’s Licenses. And there will be a few changes, making the the application/renewal process more complex.
To keep fees in line, identification cards will now cost the same price as driver’s licenses (i.e. in Honolulu, $40 for eight years; in Kauai County, $32 for eight years). The same gradated distinctions for different age groups will apply.
The most significant change is that now persons will be required to provide proof of residency in addition to proof of identity and proof of legal presence. The Department of Transportation issued a press release on April 15th with a list of 20 types of documents. Applicants must submit two of these documents (original or copy) in addition to the traditional requirements (proof of name, date of birth, social security number, etc.). The state website should be updated soon to reflect these changes.
Meanwhile, people may want to hang on to their utility bills, pay stubs, bank statements, and/or tax returns for a while longer than they usually do. Time for another home filing cabinet?