Hawaii Salesperson Pre-Licensing HI Real Estate License FAQs

Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in Hawaii

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in Hawaii is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

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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 Hawaii Real Estate Commission:

  • Complete 60 hours of pre-licensing education through an approved provider
  • Complete an FBI criminal background check
  • Pass the Hawaii real estate associate examination
  • Attain Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance
  • Find a sponsoring broker
  • Apply for licensure within 60 days of passing the exam

To help keep these steps fresh in your mind, we’ve created a list that you can download here.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Hawaii Real Estate License?

While the amount of time required to get your Hawaii real estate license is dependent on a few factors, most students complete the requirements within a 3-4 month time frame. There are a few steps which must be completed and they include: finishing the necessary education, submitting a background check, passing the real estate exam, procuring errors and omissions insurance, and obtaining sponsorship from an actively licensed Hawaii broker.

How Do I Renew My Hawaii Real Estate License?

Prior to your renewal date, you must complete the applicable 20-hour continuing education requirement. You’ll be able to renew your license by logging in to the online licensing system and following the prompts.

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 courses are required for a Hawaii real estate license?

Hawaii students are required to take one 60-hr. Pre-Licensing course that will cover a variety of topics to educate and prepare the future agent for their career in real estate.

How much Continuing Education do I need as a Hawaii real estate salesperson?

Every two years, Hawaii real estate agents are required to complete 20 hours of Continuing Education.

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 an Equivalency to the Uniform Section of the Exam- Learn more here. The Hawaii Real Estate Commission also provides this real estate agent flowchart on becoming a Hawaii agent with an active license status.

Can a felon get a Hawaii real estate license?

The Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs has issued the following statement on the matter: "Those with potentially disqualifying factors can apply to the Commission for a preliminary, non-binding decision and receive an indication of whether the Commission would approve an application before undertaking the expense of completing a Pre-Licensing course and taking the license examination."

Do you need to have a diploma or GED to get your Hawaii real estate license?

In order to become a licensed real estate agent in Hawaii, candidates must have at least a high school diploma or GED.

Can I get a Hawaii real estate license online?

Yes, Hawaii residents can receive their real estate Pre-Licensing education online. Taking courses online is particularly helpful for individuals with a busy schedule.

What is the average salary for a Hawaii real estate salesperson?

It's difficult to determine an "average salary" for a real estate agent in Hawaii. There are many factors that will influence an agent's income, such as the Island the agent is serving, their brokerage fees, and the years of experience that the agent has accrued.

How old do you have to be to get your Hawaii real estate license?

To become a real estate agent in Hawaii, applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Where do I take the Hawaii real estate license exam?

The Hawaii licensing exam is administered by an agency known as PSI. By visiting their website, you can pay for the test and enroll in the state licensing exam.

How Long Is the Hawaii Real Estate Licensing 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.

Does Hawaii have real estate license reciprocity with any other states?

Hawaii does not offer real estate agent reciprocity with any other states. This means an existing agent would need to take the full Hawaii Pre-Licensing course to become licensed.

Although agents won't receive reciprocity in Hawaii, there are plenty of other states that do have reciprocity programs.

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