Hawaii Real Estate License Requirements

The Hawaii Real Estate Commission oversees all real estate matters in the state of Hawaii. The types of real estate licenses the commission currently issues are salesperson and broker licenses.

The requirements to become a real estate agent [salesperson] or broker in Hawaii are as follows:

SALESPERSON LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible for a Hawaii salesperson license, applicant must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

No prior real estate experience is required to obtain a Hawaii salesperson license.

Applicant must submit proof that he or she has maintained a reputation of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing. Applicants with a questionable background may submit a “Request for Preliminary Decision” form prior to submitting a license application.

A Hawaii salesperson license applicant must complete a 60 hour prelicense education course.

Hawaii Real Estate License Requirements

Hawaii Real Estate License Requirements

After completing the prelicense education course, applicant must pass the state and general real estate salesperson exam with a minimum score of 70%. The general portion of the exam consists of 80 questions with a 150 minute time limit. The state portion consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time limit.

A Hawaii salesperson license application must be submitted within two years of passing the exam along with proof of sponsorship by a licensed broker in Hawaii.

All Hawaii salesperson licensees must complete 20 hours of continuing education courses every two year renewal period.

Applicants who have a current real estate license in another state that has similar or superior prelicensing education requirements are exempt from the prelicense education requirements.

Applicants who have a law degree or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in real estate or business are exempt from the prelicense education requirements.

Applicants who have completed at least six semester credits in real estate at an accredited college or university are exempt from the prelicense educations requirements.

Hawaii is a non-reciprocal licensing state.


BROKER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible for a Hawaii broker license, applicant must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

Applicant must meet one of the following experience requirements:
Have a current Hawaii real estate salesperson license or real estate broker’s license from another state
or
Have experience as a licensed real estate broker for at least three of the past five-years.

In both cases, a “Broker Experience Certificate Application” must be submitted.

Applicant must submit proof that he or she has maintained a reputation of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing. Applicants with a questionable background may submit a Request for Preliminary Decision prior to submitting application for a license.

A Hawaii broker license applicant must complete a 80 hour prelicense education course.

After completing the prelicense education course, applicant must pass the state and general portion of the broker exam with a minimum score of 75%. The general portion of the exam consists of 80 questions with a 150 minute time limit. The state portion consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time limit.

A Hawaii broker license application must be submitted within two years of passing the exam.

All Hawaii broker licensees must complete 20 hours of continuing education courses during every two year renewal period.

Applicants who have a current real estate license in another state that has similar or superior prelicensing education requirements are exempt from the prelicense education requirements.

Applicants who have a law degree or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in real estate or business are exempt from the prelicense education requirements.

Applicants who have completed at least six semester credits in real estate at an accredited college or university are exempt from the prelicense educations requirements.

Hawaii is a non-reciprocal licensing state.


References:
Hawaii Real Estate Commission: Real Estate Salesperson, Broker, and Instructor Examination Candidate Information Bulletin: February 1 2014: https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=347&bulletinurl=.pdf

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: General Information for Real Estate License: http://cca.hawaii.gov/reb/files/2013/08/GENINFO08_2013.pdf

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Real Estate Branch: General Steps on Becoming a Hawaii Licensed Real Estate Salesperson on Active Status: http://files.hawaii.gov/dcca/reb/real_ed/gen_info/salesflowchart.pdf

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Real Estate Branch: General Steps on Becoming a Hawaii Licensed Real Estate Broker on Active Status:
http://files.hawaii.gov/dcca/reb/real_ed/gen_info/broker.pdf

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Real Estate Branch: http://cca.hawaii.gov/reb/real_ed/gen_info/


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