Hawaii Real Estate Exam Info

In the State of Hawaii, exams, licensing, and continuing education for real estate agents are governed by the Hawaiian Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. There are two basic real estate licenses in Hawaii, a broker's license and a salesperson's license.

To obtain the salesperson's license, a person must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Possess a reputation for or record of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing.
  • All applicants must complete the appropriate Commission approved pre-license course before the date of the examination, or apply for and obtain a "Pre-licensing Education Equivalency – Real Estate"
  • After meeting the education and/or experience requirements, pass the licensing examination.

To obtain the broker's license, a person must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Possess a reputation for or record of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Hold a current, unencumbered Hawaii real estate salesperson license, or a current, unencumbered real estate salesperson or broker license in another state or jurisdiction recognized by the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, with an equivalent real estate licensing law as determined by the commission
  • Has experience as a full-time Hawaii-licensed real estate salesperson associated with a Hawaii-licensed real estate broker for at least three (3) years of the five-year period
  • After meeting the education and/or experience requirements, pass the licensing examination.

EQUIVALENCY TO PRELICENSING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
The pre-licensing education requirement may be satisfied by obtaining a Pre-licensing Education Equivalency – Real Estate certificate from the Commission for applicants who satisfy one of the categories listed below. An application for "Pre-licensing Education Equivalency – Real Estate," must be submitted on the form provided by the Commission, with supporting documents and a non refundable fee, prior to applying for examination.

EQUIVALENCY CATEGORIES

Licensed In another State
Hold a current license that was active within one (1) year immediately prior to the date of the equivalency application as a salesperson or broker in another state with similar or superior pre-licensing education requirements as determined by the Commission.
Law Degree Graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Real Estate or Business Major
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree graduates of an accredited college or university with a major in real estate or business.

College Courses Completion of at least six (6) semester credits in real estate, business, business law, real estate development, or finance courses at an accredited college or university.

Professional designation
Hold a professional real estate designation or other recognized certificate as accepted by the Commission (e.g. GRI, BOMI-RPA and CCIM). Upon receipt of a complete application, allow at least 21 days for processing.