Hilo Driver Licensing Office:
349 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Ph: (808)961-2222 Fax: (808) 961-8861
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Kona Driver Licensing Office
West Hawaii Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole
Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Ph: (808) 323-4800 Fax: (808)323-4819
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Hawaii CDL Commercial Driver License Fees
Hawaii CDL Practical Test Location and Requirements
South Hilo Practical Tests are held Monday through Friday. Kona Practical Tests
are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. To schedule an appointment, the applicant
must apply in person and pay a $50 Practical Test Fee.
Commercial vehicles that are exempt from DOT vehicle inspection must present
DOT exemption form. Applicant must be accompanied by a licensed driver with
a same class or higher license, representative to the testing vehicel or higher
with proper endorsements and a valid DOT Medical Certificate. Proper attire
and footwear must be worn for testing. Use of slippers is not allowed.
Hawaii CDL Practical Test Description
Applicant must pay a $50 fee for the Hawaii CDL Practical Test at the time of scheduling;
Applicant must pass the three (3) part Practical Test on the same day. The Practical
Test consists of a Vehicle Inspection, Basic Controls Skills Test, and a Road
Test. Failure of the air brake test is an automatic failure of the Practical
Test. The Practical Test will be terminated at that point. If the applicant
fails to pass the Practical Test or fails to show up for the Practical Test,
there is no refund. The $50 fee is for the complete three (3) part Practical
Test. If any part of the test is failed, the applicant must reschedule a Practical
Test by paying the $50 Practical Test fee.
Any vehicle that has components marked or labeled (placarded) cannot be used
for the Practical Test.
Hawaii defines a Class A vehicle as it is defined in the FMCSR and 286-2, HRS,
which is as follows: "Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination
weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GCWR of the vehicle(s)
being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds."
The maximum time for the Hawaii CDL Practical Test of a Class A vehicle is two (2) hours.
The maximum time for a Class B or lower is one and one-half (1.5) hours.
No memory aids are allowed during the Hawaii CDL Practical Test.
Applicant must wear a seat belt while performing the Hawaii CDL Basic Controls Skills
School bus doors must be closed when performing the Hawaii CDL Basic Controls Skills Test.
Hawaii uses the random (partial) method of conducting the Vehicle Inspection
and the Basic Controls Skills Test maneuvers.
During the Hawaii CDL Basic Controls Skills Test, the applicant is allowed one time per
exercise to exit the vehicle to check positioning. At the beginning of the Hawaii CDL Basic
Control Skills Test, the applicant will be informed about exiting and entering
the vehicle safely, which includes placing the vechicle into neutral/park and
setting the parking brake(s). Exit and enter trucks while facing the vehicle,
maintaining three (3) points of contact at all times. If the applicant exits
in an unsafe manner, the applicant will be informed again of his/her responsibility
to exit the vehicle safely. If the applicant exits the vehicle in an unsafe
manner a second time (including not securing the vehicle), an additional ten
(10) points will be deducted for that exercise for failure to follow instructions.
Bus drivers do not need to exit backwards, but must hold onto the rails as they
If the applicant fails to follow instructions, ten (10) additional points
will be deducted from his/her score for that exercise. For example, if the applicant
had two (2) points deducted prior to not following instructions, then the points
deducted for that exercise will total 12.
If the applicant accumulates thirteen (13) or more points during the Hawaii CDL Basic
Controls Skills Test, the Practical Test be will be terminated and marked as
failed. The applicant will need to reschedule the Practical Test by paying the
$50 Practical Test fee.
Hawaii allows simulated railroad crossing and student discharge during the
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