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Hawaii Knowledge Exam

Who Must Take the Test?

All persons applying for an original Hawaii license are required to pass a knowledge exam consisting of recognition of traffic control devices and a rules of the road test.

When renewing a Hawaii driver's license, it must be renewed within a year after the expiration date. Otherwise, you must follow the procedure for an original license and retake all tests.

When you have an out-of-state or out-of-country license and are required to transfer to a Hawaii license, you must successfully pass the general knowledge test. Note that an expired out-of-state license is not transferable and requires the successful completion of both written and road tests.

How Many Questions has the Official Test?

The questions on the knowledge exam are based on the topics discussed in the Hawaii Driver's Manual, and consist of two parts. One part contains questions about Hawaii Rules of the Road, the other part will test your recognition of traffic control devices.

There is a total of 30 questions on the written knowledge exam. You must correctly answer 24 of the 30 questions.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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