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Hawaii Real Estate License FAQs

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry.



Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Real Estate License in Hawaii

We'd be worried if you didn't have questions! Getting your real estate license in Hawaii is a big step, so to help, we've collected some frequently asked questions below.

How do I get a Hawaii real estate license?

To get a Hawaii real estate salesperson license you must complete the following steps as required by the HI Real Estate Commission:

  • Complete 60 hours of Pre-Licensing education through an approved provider
  • Complete an FBI criminal background check
  • Pass the HI Real Estate Associate Examination
  • Attain Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance
  • Find a sponsoring broker
  • Apply for licensure within 60 days of passing the exam


How long does it take to get a Hawaii real estate license?

The amount of time to get your Hawaii real estate license is dependent on a number of factors, though most complete the requirements within a few months. There are a number of steps to complete which include education, background check, exam, errors & omissions insurance, and sponsorship by an actively licensed Hawaii real estate broker.


How do I renew my Hawaii real estate license?

Prior to the renewal date, one must complete the applicable 20-hour Continuing Education requirement and renew by logging in to the online licensing system and following the prompts to renew.


How much does it cost to get a Hawaii real estate license?

The initial costs include your Pre-Licensing coursework and the Real Estate Salesperson Exam fee of $68. There is also a license application fee, which changes annually.


What states does Hawaii have license reciprocity agreements with?

Hawaii does not have straight reciprocity with any state. However, if you have passed the uniform (national) portion of a licensing exam and currently hold an active license in another state, you can apply for a Pre-License Education Equivalency Certificate and/or a Equivalency to the Uniform Section of the Exam. Learn more here.


How long is the Hawaii real estate license exam?

The exam is composed of 130 questions. Four hours are allotted to take the exam, and you must score a 70% or above to pass.




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