Drivers License Office Will Process ID Cards

With a transfer of duties on Jan. 2, the city driver’s license offices will begin issuing state ID cards, as well as the usual drivers licenses.

Non-drivers requiring the ID cards may go to any of five Oahu offices on or after that date, including the one at Koolau Center, across from Valley of the Temples. Do not go to satellite city halls for ID cards.

The move is the result of a state law that transfers the ID program out of the Attorney General’s Office and puts it under the supervision of the state Department of Transportation. The AG’s office has run it since 1983 through its Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center in Honolulu. The idea is to consolidate both services to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, which outlines procedures for issuing identification cards.

It also opens up more locations for citizens to obtain valid ID. Other drivers license offices involved are in Wahiawa, Kapolei, Waianae and Kalihi. The Koolau Center office phone is 239-6301.