Firearms Information and Procedures


WALK-INS FOR FIREARM PERMITS AND REGISTRATIONS WILL RESUME ON JULY 27TH, 2021 FROM 9:00AM TO 3:00PM ONLY.

Social Distancing Guidelines Will be Strictly Adhered To. Please be Prepared to Comply.

Only 2 persons at a time will be allowed within the Lobby area, please be prepared for long lines and wait times – outdoors. See below for detailed firearm transaction procedures. 

FACEMASKS MUST BE WORN while within the lobby area.

* If you have a medical waiver that allows you to forgo wearing a facemask, you must present that original physician’s waiver to our staff when you arrive in the lobby. If you do not bring a waiver with you, you will be turned away and may return another day with your waiver, or a facemask.

These procedures may change frequently as required by public safety and health directives/rules. Please call (808) 244-6355 if you have any questions.

Permit to Acquire Firearms Information & Procedures


Wailuku (Main) Police Station only
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(808) 244-6355


Basic application requirements:
  • United States Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident Alien
  • 21 years of age
  • No felony-level convictions or misdemeanor crime of violence or drug sale convictions (in any state)
  • Not restrained by a Temporary Restraining Order or Protective Order issued in any state

FIREARM PERMIT TO ACQUIRE APPLICATION PROCESS


Please bring the following documentation with you when applying. The application must be completed in-person at the Records Section of the Maui Police Department, Wailuku, Maui or at the Lana’i and Moloka’i police stations. Please review the following information carefully. Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

Step 1 – All first time applicants, and renewals occurring on or after December 4th, 2016, bring with you:


  • Valid government issued photo identification
  • Hunter’s education card or a handgun safety training course affidavit. (Handgun permits only)
  • Cashier's check or money order for $43.25 payable to the County of Maui, Department of Finance
  • Birth Certificate or
  • Proof of U.S citizenship if born outside the United States (valid US Passport, original Naturalization Certificate, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad)
  • Valid Permanent Resident Card - Form I-551 (Green Card) if applicable.
  • Note: Applicants renewing subsequent to paying the fingerprint processing fee on or after December 4, 2016 will not be charged an addition processing fee. 

Step 2 – To be completed in-person at the Wailuku, Lana’i or Moloka’i police stations:


  • Firearms questionnaire form.
  • Permit to acquire application.
  • If firearm to be acquired is a handgun(s) you must know what caliber, make, action and who you are purchasing from at time of application.
  • Mental health waiver form.
  • Juvenile firearms clearance waiver (if under 25 years of age).
  • Fingerprint card and photograph.
  • MPD State and National Criminal History Records Check Consent and Notification Form
  • You will be provided with a copy of the FBI Privacy Act Statement, including an explanation of those rights, and an excerpt from CFR 28, §16.34 regarding your right and the procedure to change, correct, or update your identification records with the FBI CJIS Division.  You must sign for receipt of this document at the time of application.  
  • All forms are to be completed and signed in the presence of Maui Police Department Staff. Failure to complete any part of Steps 1 and 2 will constitute an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

Step 3 – Mandatory 14 to 20-day waiting period. During this waiting period the following checks are performed: 


  • Every person applying for a firearm acquisition permit will be the subject of a background check using the International Justice and Public Safety Network, including the Unites States Immigration and Customs Enforcement query, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the National Crime Information Center, and local police records before any determination to approve the permit can be made.
  • After all verifying documents are gathered, forms are completed, and any necessary fingerprinting/photographing is completed, you will be provided with your pending permit number and the earliest date that you may pick up your approved permit. Please call the number listed on your pending permit slip to verify that your permit is approved before coming in to pick it up. 
  • Once your permit is approved, you must pick it up in person at the Maui Police Department Records Section (or Lana’i or Moloka’i police stations). Permits are not mailed, faxed or released to anyone other than the applicant. Permits not picked up by the 14th day after clearance, will be voided. Applicants will need to reapply and another mandatory 14-day waiting period will be applied, so please plan accordingly.
  • Upon issuance, long gun (rifle/shotgun) permits will be valid for one year. Handgun permits are valid for ten (10) days and only for the specific transaction identified on the permit. Any expired permits in your possession should be turned in to MPD staff as soon as possible. 

Firearms Registrations:
For In-Person Inspection firearm registration, you may come to the Wailuku Police Station between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00, M-F, excluding holidays. Please contact Lana’i and Moloka’i police stations for their specific day/times. 

At this time, MPD is also accepting firearm registration information without in-person inspection of firearms. See further details below

Please keep in mind, however, that if you’re registering a firearm that was imported into Hawaii after December 4, 2016, and have not come in to MPD to be fingerprinted for firearm purposes since that date, you will need to report to MPD in-person for fingerprinting pursuant to the statutes referenced above. You may bring your firearms to MPD for in-person inspection at that time in order to expedite the process, but it is not required. Please read on for more details. 

Registration For Firearms Acquired in Hawaii 


All firearms acquired in Hawaii must be registered within five (5) days of acquisition. You may register your firearms with or without in-person inspection. In either case, proof of your identity is required for each transaction. 


IN-PERSON FIRERAM REGISTRATION:
  • If you choose in-person inspection of your firearm(s) at the Wailuku Police Station, all firearms must be unloaded, transported, and brought into the building in an “enclosed container” (a rigidly constructed receptacle or a commercially manufactured gun case or the equivalent thereof that completely encloses the firearm). Firearm “socks” that would allow operation of the trigger mechanism without removal from the “sock” will not be accepted as an adequate firearm container. 
  • Firearm transfers between private persons may also be done at the Maui Police Department Records section. Both the current firearm registered owner and the person acquiring the firearm(s) may be present at the time of transfer. The current owner should bring his/her firearm registration(s) with them so that it may be properly marked as “transferred” by our staff and retained for their records. 
  • The acquiring party must also bring his/her Permit to Acquire and a valid government-issued photo ID for the registration to be processed. 
  • There is no fee for registering a firearm. If you choose in-person registration of your firearm, you will receive your registration documents on that day. 

REGISTRATION WITHOUT IN-PERSON INSPECTION:
  • If you choose to register your firearm(s) without in-person inspection, please be aware that the 5-day deadline for firearm registration remains the same. To expedite the process and assure that all information required by statute is included, please use the following fillable In-State Firearm Information Sheet when submitting firearm registration information to the Maui Police Department. Failure to supply the necessary information will result in a delayed registration and violation of HRS §134-3(b).
  • Please complete, print, sign, and forward the forms to MPD within 5-days of acquisition via either of the following methods, and your printed firearm registration will be mailed to you in 10-15 business days.
  •          Fax  (808) 244-6418
             Email  Firearms@mpd.net
             Mail/Courier
             or hand delivery
     MPD – Records Section/Firearms
     55 Mahalani Street
     Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

  • The acquiring party must also provide MPD with his/her Permit to Acquire Number and a legible copy of their valid, government-issued photo ID in order for the registration to be processed. 
  • If transferring firearms without in-person inspection, MPD must also receive a notice of transfer from the seller/transferor within 48-hrs of transferring the firearm(s) HRS §134-2(f). When notifying MPD of a rifle or shotgun transfer, please use this fillable Notice of Transfer form to assure all necessary information is included. In the case of a local handgun/pistol transfer, the seller/transferor must fill-in and sign the back of the buyer’s handgun permit to acquire and submit it to MPD within 48-hours of the transfer taking place. 
  • There is no fee for registering a firearm. In the future, a deliver/mailing fee may be imposed. 

Registration For Firearms Imported into Hawaii


All persons importing non-prohibited firearms into Hawaii shall register the firearm within five days after arrival of the person or of the firearm, whichever arrives later. This includes any black powder firearms brought into the state. HRS §134-3(a). You may register your firearm(s) with or without in-person inspection. In either case, proof of your identity is required for each transaction. 

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION OF IMPORTED FIREARMS: 
  • Please bring your valid photo ID and proof of U.S. citizenship or valid permanent resident card. 
  • If you choose in-person inspection of your firearm(s) at the Wailuku Police Station, all firearms must be unloaded, transported and brought into the building in an “enclosed container” (a rigidly constructed receptacle or a commercially manufactured gun case or the equivalent thereof that completely encloses the firearm). Firearm “socks” that would allow operation of the trigger mechanism without removal from the “sock” will not be accepted as an adequate firearm container
  • Every person registering a firearm in Maui County that was acquired outside of Hawaii:
    • must be fingerprinted and photographed at least once in Maui County if registering on or after December 4, 2016. Subsequent out-of-state registrations in Maui County by the same person will not require a further fingerprint processing fee or fingerprints.
    • The current fingerprint fee is $43.25, cashier's check or money order only, payable to County of Maui, Department of Finance. Please bring this fee with you at the time of fingerprinting. NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
    • Proof of U.S citizenship; U.S. birth certificate, or if born outside of the United States, a valid US Passport, or your original Naturalization Certificate (if not already on file with us).
    • If not a US citizen, proof of permanent residency (a valid lawful permanent resident card).
    • Every person registering a firearm in Maui County that was acquired outside of Hawaii will be the subject of a background check using the International Justice and Public Safety Network, including the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement query, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the National Crime Information Center, and local police records before any determination to register the firearm is made.
    • If after running these background checks you are deemed to be ineligible for firearm possession based on Hawaii and/or federal law, you must surrender or transfer any and all firearms and ammunition in your possession in accordance with HRS §134-7.3.
    • There is no fee for registering a firearm. If you choose in-person registration of your firearm, you will receive your registration documents on that day. 
REGISTRATION OF IMPORTED FIREARMS WITHOUT IN-PERSON INSPECTION
  • If you choose to register your firearm(s) without in-person inspection, please be aware that the 5-day deadline for firearm registration remains the same. To expedite the process and assure that all information required by statute is included, please use the following fillable Out-of-State Firearm Information Sheet when submitting the necessary information to the Maui Police Department. Failure to supply the complete information will result in a delayed registration and a violation of HRS §134-3(b). 
  • Please complete, print, sign, and forward the form to MPD within 5-days after arrival of the person or of the firearm, whichever arrives later - via either method below and your printed firearm registration will be mailed to you in 10-15 business days. 
  •          Fax  (808) 244-6418
             Email  (email will be available shortly)
             Mail/Courier
             or hand delivery
     MPD – Records Section/Firearms
     55 Mahalani Street
     Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

  • Every person registering a firearm in Maui County that was acquired outside of Hawaii:
  • must be fingerprinted and photographed at least once in Maui County if registering on or after December 4, 2016. Subsequent out-of-state registrations in Maui County by the same person will not require a further fingerprint processing fee or fingerprints.
  • The current fingerprint fee is $43.25, cashier's check or money order only, payable to County of Maui, Department of Finance. This process must be completed prior to the registration of your firearm(s). When sending in your firearm information for registration, please include a copy of your fingerprinting fee receipt to verify this step was completed. 
  • Provide proof of U.S citizenship; U.S. birth certificate, or if born outside of the United States, a valid US Passport, or your original Naturalization Certificate (if not already on file with us).
  • If not a US citizen, proof of permanent residency (a valid lawful permanent resident card).
  • Every person registering a firearm in Maui County that was acquired outside of Hawaii will be the subject of a background check using the International Justice and Public Safety Network, including the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement query, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the National Crime Information Center, and local police records before any determination to register the firearm is made.
  • If after running these background checks you are deemed to be ineligible for firearm possession based on Hawaii and/or federal law, you must surrender or transfer any and all firearms and ammunition in your possession in accordance with HRS §134-7.3.

THINGS TO KNOW WHEN IMPORTING A FIREARM INTO HAWAII 
  • Pursuant to HRS §134-8(a) - possession of rifles with barrel lengths less of than sixteen inches and shotguns with barrel lengths less than eighteen inches is prohibited in Hawaii. See full statute for details.
  • Pursuant to HRS §134-8(c) - possession of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds which are designed for use with a pistol is prohibited in Hawaii. See full statute for details.
  • Pursuant to HRS §134-8(a) – the possession of an assault pistol is illegal in Hawaii. An assault Pistol is defined by HRS §134-1 as a semiautomatic pistol that accepts a detachable magazine and has two or more of the following characteristics:
    • An ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;
    • A threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward hand grip, or silencer;
    • A shroud that is attached to or partially or completely encircles the barrel and permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the second hand without being burned;
    • A manufactured weight of fifty ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded;
    • A center-fire pistol with an overall length of twelve inches or more; or
    • It is a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. See full statute for details.

*Non-Resident Alien Info:


Non-Transferable registrations for not more than ten (10) firearms may be issued to Non-resident aliens, valid for a continuous period not to exceed ninety days; provided that the person possesses:
  • A valid Hawaii hunting license procured under chapter 183D, part II, or a commercial or private shooting preserve permit issued pursuant to section 183D-34; AND
  • A written document indicating the person has been invited to the State to shoot on private land; OR
  • Written notification from a firing range or target shooting business indicating that the person will actually engage in target shooting. Any firearms registered in this manner must be used solely for the purpose of the specified competition or event.

Applicable Laws