City clears backlog of ‘Recon’ permit applications


A temporary backlog of permit applications has been cleared, the City and County of Honolulu announced Monday.

The city had been bombarded with appointments for Reconstructed Vehicle or “Recon” permits since a new electronic system started in November. Records show there were 138 Recon inspections last year in January versus 232 this January.

The city had previously said there was a two-month wait before owners of modified cars could get inspected for a Recon permit.

“The city has responded decisively to address the temporary surge in demand for permit applications, and I am pleased to note that we are now able to accommodate ‘drive-ins’ and have the ability to schedule appointments,” said Sheri Kajiwara, director of the city’s Department of Customer Services. “The rules governing reconstructed vehicles can be complex, so we recommend interested parties contact the inspection facility for guidance, based on the make and model of their vehicle, as well as the type of modification made.”

Vehicles that have been modified from the original manufacturer’s specifications are required to get Recon permits before they can successfully pass safety checks.

Residents needing assistance with Recon permits can call 733-2542 or visit the inspection facility, located at 1112 Kapahulu Ave.

Related Link: FAQs about Reconstructed (Recon) Vehicle Inspection

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