Hawaii State Immigration Laws
Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Hawaii legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Hawaii has regarding immigration checks by law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers, as well as the existence of E-Verify requirements, restrictions on public benefits based on an individual's immigration status, and more.
Law Enforcement and Immigration in Hawaii
Under a federal program called "Secure Communities," all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status
Employment & Immigration
Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.
Hawaii E-Verify Requirements
No requirement to use E-Verify for checking employees' status.
Driver's License/ID Requirements
Must show proof of citizenship or legal residence, plus a valid Social Security number.
Public Benefits Restrictions
Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving most public benefits. However, they are allowed to receive emergency services, health care and other programs that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."
Voting ID Rules
Precinct officials may ask for a photo ID but are not required to do so. Voters without ID may verify their identity by reciting their birthdate and address.
Housing Ordinances and Immigration
- Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations)
- Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center - Legal aid and advocacy organization for immigrants in Hawaii
Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you get the best results possible.