Hawaii Car Shipping Procedures

hawaii car shipping procedures

There are some important things that need to be done before your vehicle can be shipped into or out of Hawaii. This page is meant to help you understand what you need to do and how you need to do it.


There are several port locations, all of which are located on the Western Seaboard or in Hawaii. On the Mainland, there are 4 port locations in 3 states. In Hawaii, there are 5 port locations (click on the link for a port map:)

Mainland Ports

Hawaii Ports

Paperwork Requirements

You will be required to provide documentation before your vehicle may be released to the port. This paperwork differs depending on which leg of the trip you’ll be taking

If you’re leaving Hawaii heading for the Mainland, you’ll need:

  • Matson Booking Number
  • Photo Identification
  • Title or Lien Letter from Bank
  • Current Vehicle Registration

You’ll be required to register the individual who will be releasing the vehicle to the port. This person does not have to be you, but Matson must be notified so that the Matson Booking Number may be changed accordingly. However, if the person responsible for picking up is NOT the title holder or registrant of the vehicle, you must provide a notarized letter addressed to Matson indicating that your release consent. Additionally, if there is a lein on your vehicle, the lein holder must provide written permission before shipping.

If you’re leaving the Mainland headed for Hawaii, you’ll need:

  • Matson Booking Number
  • Photo Identification
  • Documentation of the VIN (e.g. Insurance Card, Title, or Registration)

Again, the individual at drop off must be on the Matson Booking Number or the vehicle cannot be released to Matson. A notarized letter must again be provided if the vehicle being shipped is under lein.

Vehicle Condition

Your vehicle must be in shipping condition if it is to be released to the port. This means that:

  • Your vehicle must be devoid of personal effects (some exceptions may apply.)
  • The exterior of your vehicle must be clean
  • Your windsheil must be completely intact. No cracks or divets allows.

Have Any Other Questions?

If you have any other questions pertaining to Hawaii car shipping that are not answered here, you may try the Hawaii Car Shipping FAQ page, or call us at (888) 201-2370.

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