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
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)
- 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).