Hawaii Real Estate License

Summary: If you are interested in becoming a real estate agent in Hawaii, you need to complete the state licensing requirements, pass a real estate examination and apply for your Hawaii real estate license. Below we have laid out all of the details required to get you started. As always, if you have any questions about the information below we are happy to help or we encourage you to contact the Hawaii Real Estate Commission or the Professional and Vocational Licensing Division.


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Hawaii Real Estate License Requirements

Before becoming eligible to obtain a Hawaii real estate license, you must meet a series of requirements determined by the Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing Division. Below you will find the general requirements as well as the salesperson specific requirements for obtaining your license.

All applicants must:

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  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of examination for their license.
  • Be a United States citizen, a United States National or authorized to work in the United States.
  • Provide a valid social security number. Without a social security number your license will be declined.
  • Complete a state approved pre-licensing education course or provide an Equivalency to Pre-licensing form (see the license reciprocity section below for more details).
  • Successfully complete your licensing examination.
  • Apply for a license within 2 years from the date of completing your exam.
  • Pay all applicable license and exam fees.

Your pre-license course credits are valid for two years, if your application has not been filed and approved in that time you will need to retake the education courses.


Hawaii Real Estate Exam Information

The real estate exam is administered by PSI Services, a third party testing provider. If you have specific questions about the examination or would like to schedule a testing date, we encourage you to contact PSI directly at their website: www.psiexams.com.

The Hawaii real estate exam consists of two portions a Uniform (or General) portion and a Hawaii law specific portion. You will be given 240 minutes to complete the entire examination (both portions) which covers 130 multiple choice questions. The number of questions is broken down as follows: 80 questions on the Uniform portion and 50 questions on the state portion. In addition to the 130 questions, candidates will be given 5 to 10 “pre-test” questions which are not scored.

You can view a selection of sample exam questions here.


Hawaii License Reciprocity Information

The State of Hawaii does not currently have any reciprocity agreements with other states. However, if you have an active real estate license in another state and have had that license for at least one year, you may be eligible to satisfy your education requirements by completing a Pre-licensing Education Equivalency form. Additionally, applying for equivalency may allow you to satisfy the general portion of the real estate exam, however, you will still be required to complete the Hawaii law specific portion of the examination.

To qualify for Education Equivalency, applicants must:

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  • Have an active and current real estate license in another state, which has been active for at least 1 year or
  • Be a graduate of an accredited law school or
  • Have a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree from an accredited college or university with a major in real estate or business or
  • Hold a professional real estate designation or other recognized certificate as accepted by the Hawaii Real Estate Commission. Examples of acceptable designations include: GRI, CCIM and BOMI-RPA.
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Hawaii Licensing Forms and Applications

The forms and applications below have been provided for your convenience. If you have any questions or are unable to find the form you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.

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All of the above Hawaii real estate license information was current and accurate at the time of publishing. The License Butler staff work diligently to keep this information up-to-date, however, this information does change from time to time. If you notice any discrepancies please let us know so that we may make changes as soon as possible.