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Hawaii Real Estate Resources

Licensing Requirements

To obtain a new real estate license in Hawaii as a salesperson, you need to:
  1. Complete a 60-hour real estate prelicense course. Upon successful completion, you will be given a school completion certificate, which is valid for two years from the date of issuance. ProSchools’ Hawaii real estate prelicense course, offered online for your convenience, includes interesting reading assignments and frequent practice quizzes to measure your mastery of the material, while preparing you to pass the state license exam. NOTE: As of 2/18/14 prelicense schools will be required to electronically report your course completion with the state - in order to do this you must first create an account on the Real Estate Education System.  For more information and instructions click here and look for "Creating and Using an Account for Prelicensees".  You will need to use your legal name as it appears on the photo ID you will present when you take your licensing exam.  ProSchools also must have your legal name so that the correct name is on your completion certificate so please call us if you did not provide your legal name when you enrolled.  You must present your completion certificate at the testing center.
  2. Pass a salesperson license exam with a score of 70% or better. The exam consists of 80 national and 50 state-specific questions.
  3. Be at least 18 years old.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen/national or alien authorized to work in the United States.
  5. Complete a license application and pay the corresponding fee. The salesperson license application will be provided to you at the test site upon successfully passing the Hawaii real estate exam. 

SPECIAL NOTE: To avoid delays, you should resolve all outstanding tax obligations with the Hawaii Department of Taxation prior to submission of a Hawaii real estate license application.

If you have additional questions about licensing, we recommend you call the Hawaii Real Estate Branch at 1-808-586-3000 or email: hirec@dcca.hawaii.gov.

If you hold a current license from another state, you may be able to forego the prelicense course requirement and/or the requirement to take the national (uniform) portion of the exam by obtaining an equivalency certificate. You need to:

  1. Hold a real estate license that was active within one year immediately prior to applying for a Hawaii real estate license.
  2. Apply for and obtain an equivalency to the prelicense education course, using the Application for Prelicensing Education Equivalency-Real Estate application. As part of this process, you must request a “Verification of License” form be completed by the regulatory agency of the state in which you are actively licensed.
  3. Apply for and obtain an equivalency to the uniform section of the Hawaii licensing examination, using the form provided by the Real Estate Branch (REB). You may qualify for this if you hold a current license in another state and you passed the uniform section of that state's licensing exam. If granted, you will only have to take the Hawaii section of the exam.
  4. Pass the state portion of the salesperson license exam (50 questions). A passing score is 70% or better.
  5. Be at least 18 years old.
  6. Be a U.S. citizen/national or alien authorized to work in the United States.
  7. Complete a license application and pay the corresponding fee. The license application will be provided to you at the test site upon successfully passing the Hawaii portion of the real estate examination.