The Hawaii Real Estate Commission controls Hawaii’s real estate licenses. They set forth guidelines to determine eligibility for a license.
General Requirements for a Hawaii Real Estate License
- 18 years old at the time of examination
- Eligible to work in the United States
- United States Social Security Number
- A reputation for moral judgment and competency
- Completion of pre-licensing course
- Passing score on licensing examination
Hawaii Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
The first step in becoming a real estate agent in the state of Hawaii is to complete a state-approved pre-licensing course. Classes are offered in the traditional classroom setting or online and are presented in the day or evening to fit your schedule.
You must complete the licensure exam within two years of completing the education requirement. Upon your completion of the course, you will be given a Hawaii School Completion Certificate that you need in order to be admitted to the exam.
Registering to Take the Hawaii Real Estate License Exam
The real estate exams are managed by PSI Services, LLC. You can register and schedule your exam online, by phone (800-733-9267), or by fax (702-932-2666); the $63 examination fee is payable by VISA or MasterCard and due upon registration. If you would like to mail your registration you must wait two weeks to schedule the exam and the $63 fee is only payable by cashier’s check or money order.
PSI offers testing sites throughout the state and a complete list of Hawaii Real Estate Exam locations can be online.
Taking the Hawaii Real Estate License Exam
The Hawaii Real Estate License Exam has two sections, uniform (general) and state. You must pass both sections within two years in order for your scores to remain valid.
You should arrive to the testing site 30 minutes early to allow for the check-in process. The testing staff will check your identification, education certificate, and give you testing information. You should not bring any personal items into the testing center with you. A non-programmable, battery-operated, non-printing, numeric-only calculator is permitted to assist you with math calculations. The testing center will provide you with scratch paper and pencils.
You are allowed 240 minutes to complete the 130-question test. The exam is given strictly on computer with a tutorial regarding key functions preceding the test. You may begin the test only after you are comfortable utilizing the computer.
If you do not pass one section on the exam, you will be able to retake just that section alone at a later date. You must pass both sections within two years of completing the education requirement.
Hawaii Real Estate Exam Scoring
In order to pass the salesperson exam, you must score a 70% or above. Your score will appear on the computer screen as soon as you submit your answers. An unofficial score report will be printed for you before you leave the testing center. If you successfully pass both sections you will be given an application for a license.
Obtaining a Hawaii Real Estate License
Once you have successfully fulfilled all of the requirements you may apply for a license. The application will be provided for you upon passing the exam. You must apply for your license within two years of passing the exam.
Several documents and payment must accompany your application. Current application fees can be found on your score report from the testing center. The original School Completion Certificate, proof of moral judgment, and any other documentation listed on the score report must be enclosed with the application. Proof of moral judgment may be provided through a background check.