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Drivers rush to renew licenses before requirements change

Gina Bernardo Gina Bernardo
Adam Garcia Adam Garcia
Dennis Kamimura, director of the City Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division Dennis Kamimura, director of the City Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - At the Department of Motor Vehicles on Dillingham Boulevard, the line for drivers licenses slowed to a shuffle.

"I have my iPhone. So I've been playing solitaire for an hour now," Gina Bernardo said.

There are long lines at every DMV as people renew licenses before requirements change Monday.

"Kind of a big waste of my day. But it's got to be done," Adam Garcia said.

Beginning March 5, you'll need your Social Security card and birth certificate or U.S. passport when getting or renewing a license.

The last few weeks have been hectic as people rush to renew the old way.

"We expected long lines. However, I don't think that anyone expected as much people coming in," said Dennis Kamimura, director of the City Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division.

Jacqueline Reyes anticipated a wait when she and her baby showed up.

"I'm originally from Mililani," she said. "I would always go to Wahiawa. That's even worse."

Kamimura expects some confusion when the new system starts, with people forgetting their documents. So prepare to be asked if you have them.

"All Satellite City Halls and all driver's licensing offices will have someone there to screen the person as they wait in line," he said.

Another change -- it'll take 60 days to get your plastic license. You will be issued a temporary paper license in the interim.

Kamimura said it's so authorities can double check identification information. It will then be entered into a government controlled database. Some wonder how safe the system will be.

"Anything that's in the database, I think you run the risk. But you just hope for the best and hope that it stays private," Bernardo said.

"I'm not a computer person. But I do know it's very, very, very secure. And you cannot get access just by stealing a computer," Kamimura said.

With time running out on the old license requirements, DMV's will be bumper to bumper the next few days. Plan accordingly.

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