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Everything You Need To Know About Your

Maui Safety Check

What is a Maui Safety Check?

Annual safety checks are required for all vehicles in Hawaii. Safety checks are brief inspections of your car’s safety features, like turn signals, horn, brake lights, headlights, and more. You must have a valid safety check and registration for your car to be legal in Hawaii.

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What is required?

Your vehicle must meet all the requirements, or you will not be issued a safety tag. If something isn’t up to par, the safety check inspector will let you know what needs to be fixed before you return for another inspection.

Requirements for Hawaii safety inspection:

• Turn signals must work properly.

• Requirements for Hawaii safety inspection:

• Turn signals must work properly.

• Brake light lenses must not be cracked or broken.

• Vehicle doesn’t have stickers on any windows. (Some safety inspectors will overlook small stickers.)

• Front and rear license plates are properly mounted on the vehicle.

• All brake lights are in proper working condition.

• Vehicle’s horn is audible and in working condition.

• Vehicle is free of “obnoxious” odors and parasites.

• All lug nuts are in place, and tire threads are at least 2/32 of an inch.

• Driver and passenger seat belts are clean and in working condition.

• Vehicle panel gauges and warning indicators do not indicate low fuel, excessive engine temperature, low oil pressure, ‘charge battery,’ etc.

• Door handles, windows, and door locks are in working condition.

• Windshield must not have any cracks.

• Rearview mirrors are correctly mounted with no cracks or obstructions.

• Fenders must be properly mounted with no sharp edges or protruding parts. Width must cover tire tread.

• Bumpers must be properly mounted and extend beyond lights.

• Window tint: tinted windows that appear too dark are subject to tint meter verification. Tint reading must be no lower than 29%. Front windshield shade tint must be above the AS-1 marker or no more than four inches from the top center of the windshield.

• You must present the required documents to the safety inspector. (Hawaii state vehicle registration and valid Hawaii insurance card.)

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Things To Know About Maui Safety Checks

What to do if both registration and safety are expired or if you are shipping a vehicle to Maui.

Getting a safety check will be your first step in obtaining all legal tags. If your vehicle passes the inspection but you do not have a valid registration, you will be issued a temporary safety certificate.

If invalid registration is the only “defect” on your temporary safety, take your temporary safety certificate to the DMV (along with any other forms needed for registration). The DMV will renew your registration with the temporary safety certificate.

Next, return your renewed registration to the station where you received your temporary safety certificate. The inspector will issue you a valid safety certificate and tag, and you will be good to go!

Penalty For Expired Safety

Unlike expired registration, there is no fee for an expired safety check. However, having an expired safety is a civil traffic infraction, and you may get pulled over. Fines can run up to $100.

Safety tags are valid for one year. Safety expires on the last day of the month, one year after the month it was issued. For example, if you get a safety check in May 2024, your safety will expire on May 30, 2025. You must obtain a safety inspection before June 1, 2025 for your tag to be legal.

Maui Safety Check Pricing

The regular cost for a Hawaii safety check is $25 plus tax. If you fail your first safety check, most places will re-inspect for free within 30 days.

Post Safety Check Tip

Safety stickers occasionally get stolen off of vehicles. After placing your safety sticker on your bumper, take a razor blade and slice the sticker into several pieces while ensuring it remains legible and stuck to your bumper. This way, your sticker will not come off in one peel, and safety sticker thieves will be deterred. You can do the same with your registration sticker.

How Long Does A Safety Check Take?

The inspections are typically very quick – especially if everything on your vehicle is legal and good to go. The actual inspection can be anywhere from 5-15 minutes, and that includes printing your new safety sticker.

However, many safety inspection offices operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may need to wait for other customers to complete their inspection.

The Best Spots For A Maui Safety Check

Safety checks are offered all around Maui. Here are some reputable offices and garages that offer safety inspections.

Kahului & Wailuku

Hex Safety Check – Run by a nice local mechanic. Open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 298-9111. 305 Hukilike Street, Kahului.

Glenn’s Automotive – Quick, easy, friendly. Open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 573-0600. 283 Lalo Street, Kahului.

Safety Inspection Services Maui – Open early, 7 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 866-3378. 251 Lalo Street, Kahului.

PD’s Repair Services – Call ahead; the safety inspector is not always there. Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday and 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturdays. (808) 877-2144. 1354 Lower Main Street, Wailuku.

Island Automotive Center – Full-service garage with safety checks. Open 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 243-5500. 890 Alua Street, Wailuku.

Patao Gas and Go – Well-known safety inspection office. Open daily, 6 am to 5 pm. (Closes at 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday.) (808) 242-5567. 744 Lower Main Street, Wailuku.

Maui Auto Care – Reputable mechanic in Wailuku. Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 666-3249. 736 Lower Main Street, Wailuku.

Master Auto Center – Full service garage in Wailuku. Open 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Saturday. (Saturday hours are 9 am to 5pm.) (808) 870-7070. 635 Eluene Place, Wailuku.

Aloha Shell – Gas and service station in Kahului. Open for safety inspections from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 877-5894. 110 Puunene Ave, Kahului.

NextGen Auto Center – Locally owned auto repair shop in Kahului. Open 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 264-5050. 106 Kane Street, Kahului.

Kiwi Car Care – Well-known garage in Wailuku. Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 242-7744. 361 E Uahi Way, Wailuku


Kihei Auto Sales Service Department – Friendly auto shop. Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 875-8882. 2675 Wai Wai Place, Kihei.

Bronco Garage – Garage dedicated purely to safety checks. Cash only. Open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 250-3319. 340 Ohukai Road, Kihei.

All Star Garage – Well-known garage and safety check site. Open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday. (8 am to 12 pm on Saturday.) (808) 879-9100. 330 Ohukai Road, Kihei.

West Maui

Kaanapali Safety Check – Friendly and efficient safety site in Kaanapali. Open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday. (808) 280-2342. 31 Halawai Drive, Kaanapali.


Goldrive Maui – Convenient safety check site in Haiku. Call for scheduling. Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. (808) 463-7070. 810 Haiku Road, Haiku.

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