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Hawaii CDL Office Locations & Hours of Operation:

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

  • General Knowledge Test (Pass or Fail) - 15.00
  • Special Knowledge Test (Pass or Fail) - 5.00
  • Instruction Permit - 30.00
  • Duplicate Permit - 15.00
  • Practical Skills Test - 50.00
  • CDL $5 per year or a fraction thereof
  • New License 1 year - 5.00
  • New License 2 years (Age 72 and above) - 10.00
  • New License 4 years (Age 21 - 24) - 20.00
  • New License 8 years (Age 25 - 71) - 40.00
  • License Renewal 1 year - 5.00
  • License Renewal (Age 72 and above) - 10.00
  • License Renewal (Age 21-24) - 20.00
  • License Renewal (Age 25 - 71) - 40.00
  • Duplicate License - 15.00
  • License Upgrade - 15.00
Documents Required to Apply for a Hawaii Commercial Learner's Permit
  • Hawaii State Driver's License
  • Social Security Card or SSA Verification Letter
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (refer to List of Acceptable Documents)
Requirements to obtain a Hawaii Commercial Learner's Permit
  • Complete the CDL Application DOT 4-764 MVS (07/15)
  • Fulfill document requirements listed above
  • Successfully complete General Knowledge test
  • Successfully complete any required Special Knowledge test relevant to testing vehicle

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.

Bring the following to the Hawaii CDL road test site:
  • A valid Hawaii Driver License
  • A valid permit representative to the class of vehicle you will be operating (A, B, or C)
  • A valid DOT Medical Certificate
  • Original and valid Certificate of Registration
  • Original and valid DOT Vehicle Inspection
  • Original and valid motor vehicle insurance identification card or self-insured certificate

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 Test.

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 exit.

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 Road Test.

Hawaii CDL Written Knowledge Tests
You will need to pass the Hawaii Knowledge Tests that are required for the class of license, restriction, and endorsements you wish to possess. A general knowledge test for the Class A or Class B and C license must be successfully completed by all CDL applicants. The information needed to pass these tests is contained in the FREE Hawaii CDL Handbook. Please read and study this manual carefully.
  • Class A - 70 Questions (50 GK + 20 Combination Vehicles) - Skills test required.
  • Class B - 50 Questions - Skills test required.
  • Class C - 50 Questions - Skills test required for bus, school bus and air brakes vehicles..
  • Passenger Endorsement - 20 questions - Skills test required in bus.
  • School Bus Endorsement - 25 questions - Skills test required in school bus.
  • Doubles/Triples Endorsement - 20 questions - No additional skills tests.
  • Tank Vehicle Endorsement - 20 questions - No additional skills tests.
  • Hazardous Materials Endorsement - 30 questions - No additional skills tests.
  • Air Brake Restriction Removal - 25 questions - Additional skills test in vehicle with Air Brakes.

Classes of Hawaii CDL and Required Tests

CDL Class Tests Required Possible Endorsements and Required Tests
Class A
(Combination
vehicle endorsement required)

General Knowledge Written Exam

Combination Endorsement Written Exam

Road Exam

H - Hazardous Materials Written Exam
N - Tank Vehicles Written Exam
P - Passenger Transport Written and Road Exam
T - Doubles/Triples Written Exam
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles Written Exam
L - Air Brakes Written and Road Exam
S - School Bus Written and Road Exam
Class B

General Knowledge Written Exam

Road Exam

H - Hazardous Materials Written Exam
N - Tank Vehicles Written Exam
P - Passenger Transport Written and Road Exam
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles Written Exam
L - Air Brakes Written and Road Exam
S - School Bus Written and Road Exam
Class C

General Knowledge Written Exam

Road Exam

Note: If upgrading to a Class C from a Class D, no road test is required UNLESS the endorsement requires one.
H - Hazardous Materials Written Exam
N - Tank Vehicles Written Exam
P - Passenger Transport Written and Road Exam
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles Written Exam
L - Air Brakes Written and Road Exam
S - School Bus Written and Road Exam

Hawaii CDL Endorsements

Exam Time Allowed (Minutes) # of Questions on Exam # of Correct Answers Needed to Pass
General Knowledge 60 50 40
Air Brakes 25 25 20
HazMat 30 30 24
Tank 20 20 16
Passenger 20 20 16
Doubles/Triples 20 20 16
Combination Vehicles 20 20 16
School Bus 20 20 16

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In addition to the Hawaii CDL (commercial driver's license) information found in our website covering the Hawaii CDL and in the free Hawaii CDL Handbook (which is quite boring and a bit confusing - and doesn't have a single multiple-choice question in it that is asked on the actual tests), the complete online Hawaii CDL Practice Test prep program will prepare you to easily pass your Hawaii CDL written exams to get your Hawaii CDL permit. The skills test modules are invaluable to give you a head start before doing your behind the wheel work, possibly saving you a lot of money. The Hawaii CDL test prep program includes the following features . . .
  • Covers ALL Eight Hawaii CDL written tests.
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  • Covers ALL Three Hawaii CDL skills tests.
    • In separate study modules - you won't need all of them - don't waste time on what you don't require.
  • 670 practice Hawaii CDL test questions with actual answers.
  • Access to CDL videos covering written and skills tests.
  • CDL study guide in both text and audio - listen as you read along.
  • CDL study Quick Reviews.
  • Interactive online CDL Quizzes.
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