DMV on JBPHH to be determined by city council vote

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell holds a press conference on a proposal to open a motor vehicle registration office at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The pilot program between the City and County of Honolulu and the U.S. Navy would improve service to Oahu’s military and civilian population at no expense to the city. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Nardel Gervacio)


By Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Waiting in line at the DMV is the worst. Not only is a fair chunk of your day wasted while you wait for your number to be called, but then you have to play catch up on work you may have missed while you were out.

For military members and their families in the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) area, this may soon be an issue of the past.

On March 13, Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and council members, Breene Harimoto and Kymberly Pine, announced a pilot program and proposal that would bring a city motor vehicle registration to JBPHH.

The city council, however, must first approve the program. As Ho‘okele went to press, the proposal was
scheduled to be on the March 20 agenda of the City Council Intergovernmental Affairs and Human Services

If approved by the city council, the new registration office would be located in Club Pearl. The service would be open to all military personnel, their family members and civilian employees from all military bases.

According to the Pearlridge DMV, some of the lengthiest transactions at the DMV are military out-of-state car registrations. Opening a satellite location at joint base would alleviate congestion at the other DMV locations throughout Oahu.

The new office, however, would not be open five days a week. “What we’re looking to do is have the location open two times a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

“We are going to have people from other satellite city halls, Pearlridge in particular, who will staff this office behind me.” [at Club Pearl]

If the plan is approved, the selected location at Club Pearl will be transformed from empty space to relief for service members and their families who wish to spend less of their time waiting in a queue.




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