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List of compliant driver's education schools available online

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) maintains a list of certified driving schools available at https://bit.ly/32EXQh7DOT.

The list will be updated monthly to reflect schools that meet the requirements of Hawaii Administrative Rules 19-139.

As a reminder, beginning Aug. 1, 2020, in-person classroom instruction will be allowed upon submission of social distancing guidelines to HDOT. Instructional permits that expired between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2020, are considered valid until September 30, 2020.

The previous news release outlining guidelines for in-person and behind-the-wheel training is available here and as shown below.


The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has authorized Driver’s Education instructors to resume in-person classes and behind-the-wheel training as part of the State’s Graduated Licensing Program on Aug. 1, 2020. Instructors may teach classes in-person, virtually, or by using a combination of these methods.

HDOT has provided Driver’s Education instructors with the following guidelines on in-person classes:

  • Instructors must follow CDC guidelines for small in-person classes including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, use of cloth face coverings, and posting of signs to promote protective measures

  • Class size is limited to 10 people per class

  • Waivers/Liability forms must be signed by the student or guardian prior to participation in class

  • Students and guardians must be educated NOT to attend classes if they are sick. Instructors should also ask students and guardians screening questions prior to participation in class

  • All class participants (instructor and students) must wear non-medical grade face masks or face shields if a medical condition prevents the use of a face covering

  • Pre-class non-contact temperature checks are recommended

  • High-touch points within the classroom should be sanitized per CDC guidance

  • Instructors are to provide hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes or have students bring their own sanitizers

  • All class participants are encouraged to frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds

  • Instructors should space classroom seating at least 6-feet apart

  • Classes are NOT to be more than 5 hours in duration

  • The 30 hours of classroom instruction must be spaced out over a 6-week period

  • The 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training can be taught concurrently or after classroom instruction

HDOT Highway Safety staff will maintain copies of instructor records such as waivers, student logs, and schedules.

Behind-the-wheel training by Driver’s Education instructors is also permitted to resume for instructors with approved COVID safety plans. Instructors are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for drivers-for-hire to the extent practicable


The traveling public is reminded that behind-the-wheel road tests are administered by their respective county and that availability of appointments varies. Contacts for the county driver’s licensing offices are:

Oahu – https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-csd-menu/site-csd-sitearticles/38020-city-services-smart-options.html

Maui County – https://www.mauicounty.gov/2125/DMV-Wait-Times

Hawaii Island – https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/finance/vehicle-registration-licensing

Kauai – https://www.kauai.gov/DriversLicense

HDOT appreciates the cooperation of driver’s education instructors in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and encourages the public to stay informed through local media and through official websites such as http://hidot.hawaii.gov/ and https://hawaiicovid19.com/

Source: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/in-person-drivers-education-classes-approved-to-resume-aug-1/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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