DHS: All Licenses to Require Gold Stars for Travel in 2020

On January 16, motorists renewing their Hawai’i driver’s licenses began bearing a star in a gold circle, indicating that the license is in full compliance with new Federal guidelines.

The Department of Homeland Security has mandated that all driver’s licenses used as identification to board flights and enter all Federal buildings must bear the gold star by October 1, 2020.  Passports can be used as alternate identification to board flights.

To obtain the gold star driver’s licenses, which indicates the license is Real ID compliant, motorists must present the following documents to the Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division:

  • A U.S. State, Local Government- issued Certificate of Birth; or a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card;
  • For married women who changed their names, a certified government-issued marriage certificate (showing name on birth certificate);
  • A Social Security card (unlaminated) showing current name;
  • Two documents showing your physical address (such as a HELCO bill). If you use a post office box number, submit one document with the post office box number and one document with your physical address.

The County Division of Vehicle Registration & Licensing recommend renewing your license in the middle of the month when visiting Kona, Waimea or Pāhoa offices, to avoid peak crowds at other times of the month.

No change is required at this time to currently-valid licenses.