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Delivery to a Matson Port Facility
NOTE: An auto shipment booking is required prior to delivery of your vehicle to Matson.
 
Take your automobile to the Matson Port Facility (see maps and hours of operation below).
 
Be prepared to provide the following:
  • Name, mailing address and phone number of the shipper and consignee
    The consignee is the person to whom the automobile is being shipped. Most of the time, the shipper and consignee are the same person.
     
  • General information about your automobile - year, make, model and license number, VIN number
     
  • Port of discharge - know which port your car is being shipped to:
     
    Hawaii
    Hilo, Island of Hawaii
    Honolulu, Island of Oahu
    Kahului, Island of Maui
    Nawiliwili, Island of Kauai
    Guam
    Guam, Saipan, Rota,
    Yap Palau, Chuuk
    and Pohnpei
    Mainland
    Long Beach, California
    Oakland, California
    Seattle, Washington

At the Matson Port Facility leave a set of keys for the ignition, trunk door, gas tank, and any other locking compartment. The Department of Agriculture inspects all compartments of your vehicle. All compartments must remain unlocked and accessible for inspection. Failure to do this may result in delay in the movement of your vehicle. Your keys will accompany your vehicle to its port of discharge.

Please retain possession of your automobile registration document - you will need it at the port of discharge.

 
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Eastbound Legal Requirements

The State of Hawaii requires proof of ownership for automobiles shipped to the Mainland. Therefore, Matson cannot accept a vehicle for shipment unless the customer (1) Produces a certificate of ownership and a current certificate of registration showing that the person is the legal owner of the vehicle; or (2) Produces, if the person is not the legal owner of the vehicle, a current certificate of registration showing that the person is the registered owner of the vehicle and, in addition, obtains the written consent of the legal owner of the vehicle to the transportation.

If someone other than the registered owner delivers the automobile, Matson must have a notarized letter of authorization. If a lien holder is named on the registration, then a letter from the lien holder authorizing shipment from Hawaii is required*.

Summary
• Current title
• Current registration
Notarized letters of authorization from any non-present party listed on the Title (lien holder or spouse, etc)

Click here to view current State of Hawaii legal requirements.

***PLEASE NOTE*** Automobiles departing from the Hilo port must have a valid Safety Check, Insurance, Registration, and a valid picture ID. This is per the Hilo Port Authority.

**If customer is loading vehicle as part of HHGDS Shipment, the load port will need the above information and auto should be physically inspected to verify the VIN info. **

*If the registered owner is an active military member with an out of state lien holder, this requirement is waived. No lien holder authorization is required for active military members with out-of state lien holders.

 
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Bloody Monday

Matson Hilo auto lot will be closed Friday, August 1st in observance of Bloody Monday.

 
Port Locations and Hours of Operations
Mainland Ports Vehicle Drop-off times Map
 
Hawaii Ports Vehicle Drop-off times Map
 
Guam Ports Vehicle Drop-off times Map
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Military Personnel
 
From Southern California:
The service member is to turn in their vehicle at the LA Vehicle Processing Center (NOT Long Beach, CA auto lot). Any questions by the service member can be directed to (800) 887- 3344.
 
From Oakland:
The service member is to turn in their vehicle at the Oakland Vehicle Processing Center. Any questions by the service member should be directed to (800) 704-2444.
 
From Seattle:
The service member is to turn in their vehicle at the N W Vehicle Processing Center (NOT the Seattle auto lot). Any questions by the service member should be directed to
(800) 597-1833.
 
From Honolulu
The service member's vehicle must be turned in at the Honolulu Vehicle Processing Center. Any questions by the service member should be directed to (800) 896-7745.
 
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