You can check your overall driving record in Hawaii by going to the Department of Transportation website. You will not be able to check how many points are on your license in Hawaii, however, because Hawaii does not use driver’s license points.
Even though Hawaii does not use license points, drivers with serious violations on their driving record will still face consequences. For instance, driving without insurance or failing or refusing to take a blood alcohol test, among other offenses, will result in a license suspension in Hawaii. Insurance companies also increase prices for drivers with poor driving records. For reference, one DUI conviction will raise your premium by an average of 222% in Hawaii.
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under Hawaii law. Lenders usually require comprehensive and collision insurance. Collision insurance covers repairs to your car when you hit another car or object. If the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than a collision—like a natural disaster, vandalism, falling objects, or animals—it is most likely covered by comprehensive insurance. Lenders may also require gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan or lease and what the vehicle was worth if it gets stolen or totaled.
Two points will increase a driver’s insurance costs by roughly 20% to 100%, depending on the state, insurance company and type of violation. Two points are assigned for relatively minor traffic violations, like driving at night with no headlights or making an illegal U-turn. Two points might even be the minimum number of points you can get, depending on where you live. Some states assign points by a factor of two, skipping odd numbers in their points system. The specific cost increase will vary depending on the driver’s insurance company and home state – insurance companies don’t count license points specifically, so a driver can’t be sure how much their insurance company will charge them for the violation.… read full answer
Instead, license points are tracked by your state’s department of motor vehicles in 41 of the 50 states. You get points for different traffic violations, such as speeding and driving under the influence. The other nine states (Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming) keep track of the number of traffic violations you have and suspend your license if you have too many.
The long-term effects of 2 points on your license
Your insurance company doesn’t track your state license points, but they definitely care about the traffic violations that earn you those points. So your license points and your insurance costs are related. In fact, insurance companies have their own points systems for policy pricing, which take into account serious traffic violations, claims history, and more. Any additional violation or claim can further raise your insurance rates by up to 50% or more, on top of your already increased rate.
However, your state’s tracking system has far greater consequences than your insurance company’s. If your company penalizes you for a violation, the worst thing that will happen is you pay a lot of money for car insurance. If you earn too many license points, you can expect to lose your license completely.
Additional points on your record increase the odds that your next violation will result in license suspension, by bringing you closer to exceeding your state’s point limit. Two points will stay on your license anywhere from one to six years, depending on state laws – three to five years is typical.
If you have two points on your license, be extra careful in the future to avoid another violation. In some states, a defensive driving course can get two points (or more) wiped off your record, but not all states have a point reduction program. And you’re limited in how often you can use the driving course to remove points – it’s normal to have to wait at least one year before you can get more points removed. That means it’s still important to pay your ticket(s) on time and do your best to abide by all traffic laws. Doing so will increase your chance of avoiding more state or insurance penalties.
Car insurance in Hawaii costs $42 monthly ($501 per year) for minimum coverage, on average, and around $123 per month ($1,473 annually) for a full-coverage policy. The cheapest insurance companies in Hawaii are Geico, USAA, and State Farm, but insurers calculate premiums differently, so it’s a good idea to get quotes from more companies to find the best deal.… read full answer
Average Cost of Car Insurance in Hawaii by Category
Clean driving record: $44 per month
After an at-fault accident: $60 per month
Teen driver: $48 per month
After a DUI: $152 per month
The average cost of car insurance in Hawaii is 30% lower than the national average auto insurance premium, and Hawaii ranks 16 out of 50 for the most affordable car insurance rates in the U.S.. There are several factors that affect how much you’ll pay for car insurance in Hawaii, including your driving record, age, location, the amount of coverage that you purchase, and the insurance company you buy it from.
Finally, it’s worth noting that car insurance premiums in Hawaii are low, compared to the cost of coverage in neighboring states like California and Alaska. You can find more details in the table below.
Cost of Car Insurance in Hawaii vs. Neighboring States
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