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Do You Need a Passport to Go to Hawaii?

One question we get with some frequency here at RushMyPassport is this: “Do I need a passport to go to Hawaii?”

It’s easy to understand why there might be some confusion about this issue. After all, depending on where in the mainland you’re starting from, Hawaii is anywhere from 5 to 12 hours away by plane. It’s also an exotic place, with its own tropical culture and its own language (though just about everyone speaks English).

Via Wikipedia, here are some additional fun facts about what makes Hawaii unique:

  • It is the only state that not geographically located in North America.
  • It is the only state that is completely surrounded by water.
  • It’s the only state where coffee is grown (and if you visit, send me back a bag of Kona, would you?)
  • It is the only state that has royal palaces.
  • Finally, it is the only state without a single straight line in its boundary.

However, no matter how far away it is or how different it is, Hawaii is part of the United States. It became a state in 1959. The 50th star on the flag? That’s for Hawaii.

That means that even though it’s halfway across the world, you can fly there with nothing more than a driver’s license or state ID, just as if you were flying to any of the states in the mainland.You do not need a passport for travel between the US mainland and Hawaii-only if your itinerary includes a third country would that become necessary.

However, that being said, a valid US passport may be required for a Hawaiian cruise, if the itinerary includes stops in other countries like Mexico or Canada. For example, Carnival Cruise Line requires that passengers on all of its Hawaii cruises have passports. So, always check the itinerary and check with your cruise line to ensure you have the necessary documentation.

If you do need a passport at the last minute,  RushMyPassport can help. We hand-deliver your application paperwork to the Department of State, for processing in as little as 24 hours. Even better, there’s no need to make an appointment or travel to a passport office.

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12 Responses to “Do You Need a Passport to Go to Hawaii?”

  1. Eric

    If i owe child support can i travel

  2. Alison Kroulek

    Hi Eric,

    You can travel, but the Department of State won’t issue a passport or renew an existing passport if you owe more than $2,500.

  3. ken

    What about a person qith a felony back ground can that person get a passport an if so what would he have to do to get one

  4. Alison Kroulek

    In most cases, yes, as long as you aren’t under supervision currently. Just apply like anyone else. Be careful, though- even with a passport, some countries may deny you entry based on your record.

    Good luck!

  5. Robb

    Eric — pay your child support instead of travel expense.

  6. Dino

    Can I travel with us driver licens to Hawaii from Arizona.

  7. Alison Kroulek

    Of course you can, Dino!

  8. Juan

    I don’t have a social, but I have a valid Washington drive licences that I use rtravel inside the contry at least

  9. Juan

    Sorry, at least 10 times a year, can I use it to go to Hawaii?

  10. Alison Kroulek

    Yes, Juan, you can use your driver’s license as ID to go to Hawaii. It’s still part of the US!

  11. Kalind

    I have a valid dl from New Mexico, but not legally in the US can i still travel with no problem?

  12. Alison Kroulek

    You should be able to travel within the U.S. without a problem.

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