Hawaii Salesperson Pre-Licensing

Hawaii 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.

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.

 

What Is the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Broker?

Hawaii, like many states, refers to their real estate professionals as real estate salespersons (commonly known as agents) and real estate brokers. Understanding the difference between the two is important before you start a new career.

Salesperson Responsibilities

  • Leading Buyers & Sellers
  • Prospecting Buyers & Sellers
  • Marketing and Showing Homes
  • Negotiating Sale Price
  • Leading Transactions
  • Renting Units

Broker Responsibilities

  • Managing and Recruiting New Brokers
  • Broker Training
  • Reviewing Contracts
  • Lead Distribution
  • Reviewing Contracts
  • Setting Escrow Accounts
  • Property Management
  • Remaining Compliant
  • Vendor Relationships
  • Office and Staff Management
  • Keeping Accurate Records

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 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.

 

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.

 

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