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COVID Emergency Extension for Expired Driver’s License Ends Aug. 6

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The emergency extension related to COVID-19 for driver’s licenses, non-CDL permits, and state IDs which expired on or after March 16, 2020, ends Aug. 6, 2021.

Statewide, county DMVs are working to address the backlog of renewals. Kaua‘i County’s Department of Finance Drivers Licensing division is offering extended hours through Friday, July 16, to allow eligible customers to renew their driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, and state identification cards that expired on or after March 16, 2020.

“Our hope is that the extended hours will offer the extra boost needed to achieve our goal of eliminating any pandemic-caused backlog and help to avoid incurring late penalties,” said Reiko Matsuyama, Finance Director.

Only customers meeting these criteria may come to the Drivers Licensing division for service between 4-4:45 p.m., during the effective dates. No appointments are necessary and customers will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure service, it is recommended to get in line early.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response, Gov. David Ige’s 21st proclamation has extended the validity of all driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, and state identification cards for 60 days beyond their expiration date. Those credentials with expiration dates between March 16, 2020, and June 8, 2021, have been extended until Aug. 6, 2021. It is anticipated that this will be the last extension granted and after Aug. 6, late penalties will be enforced.

For appointments during regular business hours, visit www.kauai.gov/DMV. Normal hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state and federal holidays. Kupuna hour is also still available for those 65 years or older, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. No appointments are necessary for Kupuna hour.

Extended service hours during the effective dates applies only to eligible customers in the Drivers Licensing division. The Motor Vehicle division will not have extended service hours.


Masks are required for entry and service at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and social distancing guidelines will continue to be enforced.

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