How to get Your Real Estate Licence

Hawaii

Licensure Requirements for a Real Estate Salesperson

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent (at least by exam date)
  • Must be one of the following
  • U.S. citizen
  • U.S. national
  • Alien authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Pass the salesperson exam
  • Apply for license within two years of passing exam (License application will be given to you at the exam site upon passing the exam)

Licensure Requirements for a Real Estate Broker

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent (at least by exam date)
  • Must be one of the following
  • U.S. citizen
  • U.S. national
  • Alien authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must have been a licensed salesperson in the state of Hawaii for 3 of the last 5 years
  • Must file an Experience Certificate 
  • Pass the broker exam
  • Apply for license within two years of passing exam (License application will be given to you at the exam site upon passing the exam)

Step by Step Guide (Salesperson)

  1. Register for Pre-License School (Refer to page 2 of the Hawaii General Information Guide to see if you already have equivalent education) 
  1. Pass the salesperson exam (See below for more information)
  2. Apply for license within two years of passing exam (License application will be given to you at the exam site upon passing the exam)

Step by Step Guide (Broker)

  1. Register for Pre-License School (Refer to page 2 of the Hawaii General Information Guide to see if you already have equivalent education)
  1. File an Experience Certificate 
  2. Pass the broker exam (See below for more information)
  3. Apply for license within two years of passing exam (License application will be given to you at the exam site upon passing the exam)

Real Estate License Exam Info

Salesperson: The exam costs $61 and is administered on a computer in multiple choice format. There are 130 scored questions (80 national and 50 state law). There also may be 5-10 pre-test questions that do not affect your score. 

There is no distinction made between scored questions and pre-test questions on the exam. They are all mixed in together, so it is important that you answer each question carefully. You must achieve a score of at least 70% to pass. You will have 4 hours to complete the exam.

Broker: The exam costs $61 and is administered on a computer. There are 125 scored questions (80 national and 50 state law). In addition to multiple choice, the broker exam contains questions that are scenario-based. This type of question requires you to choose the best possible and most complete answer out of up to 8 choices. There also may be 5-10 pre-test questions that do not affect your score. 

There is no distinction made between scored questions and pre-test questions on the exam. They are all mixed in together, so it is important that you answer each question carefully. You must achieve a score of at least 75% to pass. You will have 4 hours to complete the exam.

  • For information on a remotely-proctored online exam, refer to page 10 

Fees

  • Exam Fee- $61
  • Pre-License Application Fee- $50
  • Curriculum Registration Fee (Refundable if registration is denied)- $420
  • Broker AND Salesperson Curriculum Registration Fee- $ 1260
  • Broker OR Salesperson Curriculum Registration Fee- $850
  • Compliance Resolution Fund (even-numbered year)- $63
  • Compliance Resolution Fund (odd-numbered year)- $126