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DMV extends hours for expired credentials

LIHU‘E — The Department of Finance Drivers Licensing division will offer extended hours from Tuesday, July 6, 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.

Only customers meeting these criteria may come to the Drivers Licensing division for service between 4 p.m. and 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 latest 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 August 6, 2021. It is anticipated that this will be the last extension granted via emergency proclamations and after August 6, late penalties will be enforced.

“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.

For appointments during regular business hours, please visit 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.

The Department of Motor Vehicles consists of the Drivers Licensing division and the Motor Vehicle division. 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.
Source: The Garden Island

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