Longer name limits set for HI license, ID

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hawaii Department of Transportation News Release

State of Hawaii

State of Hawaii

HONOLULU — The state Department of Transportation, working in cooperation with the county Departments of Motor Vehicles, announces expanded character limits for Hawaii driver’s licenses and state identification cards.

The change went into effect earlier this month to conform to new national standards.

Driver’s licenses and state ID cards will now provide space for names up to a total of 120 characters, with the breakdown as follows:

•40 characters for last name,

•40 characters for first name,

•35 characters for middle name, and

•5 characters for suffixes (ex., Jr. or Sr.).

The State of Hawaii’s enhanced requirements for driver’s licenses and state ID cards have been deemed as fully compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005, following a review and certification by the Department of Homeland Security.

New identification requirements to prove “legal presence,” confirming that a person is either a U.S. citizen or legally authorized to be in the United States, for state-issued driver’s licenses took effect in Hawaii March 5, 2012, and for state ID cards Jan. 2, 2013, to conform with the Real ID Act.

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