Hawaii Repossession Laws / Recovery Requirements

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Where do I refer to for Title or License Registration?

For state Title and License Information, refer to:


City and County of Honolulu, Department of Finance, Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing

1455 S. Beretania St.

Honolulu, Hawaii 96814


Telephone: (808) 973-2700



Department of Finance, Treasury Division, County of Hawaii

25 Aupuni Street

Hilo, Hawaii 96720


Telephone: (808) 961-8351



Department of Finance, Treasury Division, County of Maui

Wailuku, Maui 96793


Telephone: (808) 244-7844



Department of Finance, Treasury Division, County of Kauai

Lihue, Kauai 96766


Telephone: (808) 245-6947


No fee for search of records.

Security Interests:

Shown on title held by lienholder.


Recording Requirements:

Per the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) adopted in January, 1967, liens on motor vehicles recorded on Certificate of Ownership.

Recovery Requirements:

As per the UCC, repossession is allowed and permitted as long as it is peaceful.

Redemption Requirements:

If taken without notice to buyer, buyer has 10 days to redeem.

Deficiency Requirements:

Deficiency judgments permitted. Confession of judgment notes are valid only up to $1,000.00.

Special Motor Vehicle Provisions:

All transfers must be filed with the County Treasurer as to repossession, seizures, imposition of a lien.

Documents Required to Transfer Ownership of Motor Vehicle:

If mainland license plates are on vehicle; Certificate of title in lienholder’s name only and a Notarized Bill of Sale. If Hawaii license plates on the vehicle and a mainland Title; unsigned Certificate of Title and 2 Notarized Powers of Attorney. Please check with your local agent.


Documents Required for Liquidation:

“Repossessed By” Lienholder, with signature on line one of Hawaiian Title, “Successor Interest” on line seven (Lienholder with signature), Registration in Lienholders name, inspection required.



Remain with the vehicle.



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