Hawaii Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Form


A Hawaii motor vehicle power of attorney is used by a car, truck, or van owner to allow another person (the attorney-in-fact) to handle transactions and business relating to the vehicle. The attorney-in-fact can bring the completed and signed form to the Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain the vehicle’s registration and title or record a lien on behalf of the owner. In addition to handling DMV matters, the form allows the attorney-in-fact to buy or sell a vehicle without the owner’s presence. Both parties should discuss financial matters beforehand. The attorney-in-fact must keep all receipts and/or distributions for the vehicle so that the owner can repay them (or they can repay the owner if they borrowed money).

  • Signing requirements: Notarization required. The vehicle owner must provide the Notary Public with proof of their identity (e.g., driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, etc.).
  • Form code: DMVL596-2-09

How to Write

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Step 1 – Owner and Car Information

Disclose the name of the owner(s) and their address. Then, include the main identifiers of the vehicle, such as the:

  • License plate number;
  • Make (e.g., Honda);
  • Year (2016);
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number); and
  • Type (e.g., Sedan)

Step 2 – Attorney-in-Fact

Enter the name of the attorney-in-fact (the person acting on the car owner’s behalf

Step 3 – Printed Name and Signature of Vehicle Owner(s)

Having a Notary Public as a witness, the owner(s) fill out the following section and include:

  • Printed name (Last, First, Middle)
  • Signature
  • Current date

Note: The Notary Public will write the current date above the owner’s name(s).

Step 4 – Notarization

A certified Notary Public must write the date, state in which they reside, commission expiration date, Notary Seal, and signature to verify they have witnessed the signing of the owner(s).