HPD Firearms Registration: 801 South Beretania in downtown Honolulu (529-3371). Firearms Unit is open
Monday thru Friday 7:45 am to 4 pm. Street parking is available on the left side of Beretania after 8:30 am.
There is an underground garage with limited stalls, entry to garage is behind HPD building. Bring quarters.
Per quarter street: 20 min; garage: 10 min. First-time applicants: photo and FBI fingerprint card is required.
Due to the incredible number of individuals conducting their various permit processes,
HPD Firearms Unit will be cutting off the line at approximately 3pm (instead of 4pm).
Average wait time to expect in line at HPD is 1 hour. Some report 2 hour wait times.
This is what happens when gun owners do not amass and work together preemptively
to fix procedures before national situations progress to create such an inconvenience.
Above: HPD's main entrance is to the left. Doors directly ahead is the entrance to Records and Firearms Unit.
What prevents one from owning and registering firearms?
Any current restraining orders, crimes of violence or domestic violence convictions
Any felony convictions or outstanding warrants
Any usage of Medical Marijuana
Minimum requirements for firearm ownership
All applicants and registrants must be US citizens and 21 years of age
If born abroad, proof of citizenship (US passport or naturalization papers) is required
If bringing firearms with you from another state: simply go to HPD with valid photo ID and register guns.
Bring unloaded guns in hard/soft cases, ammo and magazines not needed, show guns clear at window.
Local purchases / Acquisition of firearms in Hawaii
Handgun purchases require 'notarized training certificate' and a two week waiting period.
Rifles and shotguns require a longgun permit. No one wants to deal with these procedures
but they are required and must be done along with filling out Federal fm 4473 upon pickup.
For rifles/shotguns: It takes two weeks to get a longgun permit and then it's good for a year.
Permits to aquire procedures
- Handgun or Rifle/Shotgun permit or both would need one fingerprinting (one fee of $16.50) -
Handgun: Notarized certificate from course requirement, receipt-details of handgun(s), valid pic ID, $16.50 fingerprinting, photograph, fill out forms. Return to HPD firearms unit after two weeks; pick up the ‘handgun
permit to aquire’, have dealer/seller sign permit, bring handgun(s) back to firearms unit and have handgun(s)
verified and registration forms completed. Active military personel may be able to have a certificate of training
typed by commanding officer and notarized, based on a particular format. Otherwise: handgun course info
Rifle and Shotgun: Fill out general forms, two week waiting period, then return to HPD firearms unit;
pick up ‘rifle and shotgun permit to aquire’ which is valid for one year. When purchasing rifles and shotguns,
dealer/seller confirms purchaser's 'rifle and shotgun permit to aquire', then purchaser brings those long gun(s)
and valid picture ID back to firearms unit to have long gun(s) verified and registration forms completed.
handgun safety class / training certificates from other states' programs should be verified with HPD
certification / credentials of various types from other states' agencies should be verified with HPD
Before asking local dealerships if such documents are ok - check with HPD - they make the determination.
- sample certificate for military personel in lieu of handgun safety course cert -
- the following is information that has been often misunderstood - know the facts! -
Commercial airline travel requirements when transporting firearms
Transportation Security Administration website information: permitted-prohibited-items
Hard sided cases as above must have lockable ends - running a padlock thru the holes would be required.
TSA's requirement: case edges cannot be capable of being pulled open where contents could be removed.
Hard cases with locking latches are a good solution to avoid having to buy separate padlocks.
The extra measure of running cable locks thru firearms that are stored in locked cases is optional.
Ammunition (generally 11 pounds maximum weight) must be in original boxes such as shown above.
Handgun cases put inside of suitcases requires the outer suitcase to be hard-sided (not canvas, etc).
Supplemental TSA information on hard sided cases for firearms: flying with firearms