50-State Real Estate Broker Licensing Compliance Guide
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Hawaii Real Estate License

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Licensing requirements for Hawaii brokerage firms.

A business entity offering real estate brokerage services to the public typically must register with the real estate commission before conducting business activity. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Hawaii Real Estate Company Licenses

Hawaii Real Estate Branch Office Registration

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Real Estate Branch
Eligible Entity Types:
  • Corporations 
  • General Partnerhsips 
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships 
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Notes:

The place of business must be in compliance with Chapter 467, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Chapter 99, Hawaii Administrative Rules

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • Each branch office shall have atleast one broker in charge. 
  • The principal broker shall certify that the infromation provided is correct and true on the application. 
  • Register a broker in charge for the brokerage firm if the principal broker has not already designated a broker in charge.
Requirement Notes:

A branch office located on an island different from the principal place of business shall be registered with the commission. Additional ofices located on the same island as a principal place of business may be oeprated without registration. 


Each branch office shall have atleast one broker in charge. 

Initial Registration

Form:

Branch Office Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

If registering in an odd-numbered year: $382. If registering in an even-numbered year: $282. 

Penalties:

A $25 service charge shall be assessed for payments that are dishonored for any reason. 

Hawaii Real Estate Broker Company License

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Real Estate Branch
Eligible Entity Types:
  • Corporations 
  • General Partnerships 
  • Limited Liability Companies 
  • Limited Liability Partnerships 
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

If a trade name is used, the trade name must first be registered with the Business Registration Division

Requirement Notes:

The applicant's name must be exactly as registered with the Business Registration Division, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.


The application must be certified by an officer of a corporation, general partner of a partnership or LLP, or manager or member of an LLC AND by the principal broker. An officer of a corporation, general partner of a partnership or LLP, or manager or member of an LLC, and the principal broker shall certify that the information provided is true and correct by signing the application.


Include a change form for the principal broker. If the principal broker is currently associated with a broker, the change form should show a release and sign-on to the applicant. If the principal broker is currently inactive, the change form should show a reactivation and sign on to the applicant. No change form fee for  the category "Change of/to Principal Broker" is required.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License: Corp., Partnership, LLC, LLP

Agency Fee:

Depends on when you register: $486 for registering in the first year of the biennium or $349 for registering in the second year.

Notes:

Only one branch office is required to be registered per island.

Required Attachments:
  • If the entity has been registered in this State for LESS THAN one (1) year, ATTACH a "filed-stamped"
    copy of the document filed with BREG.
  • If the entity has been registered in this State for MORE THAN one (1) year, ATTACH a current "Certificate of Good Standing" or "Certificate of Qualification" that was issued not more than 12
    months ago. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$343

Due:

By November 30 of even-numbered years.

Individual Licenses

Hawaii Individual Real Estate Licenses

Hawaii Real Estate Broker License

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Real Estate Branch

Initial Registration

Agency Fee:

$382 if applying during an odd-numbered year and $282 if applying during an even-numbered year.

Notes:

Applications for license are distributed at the test site to candidates who pass the examination.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$268

Due:

By November 30 of even-numbered years.

Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson License

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Real Estate Branch

Initial Registration

Agency Fee:

$382 if applying during an odd-numbered year and $282 if applying during an even-numbered year.

Notes:

Applications for license are distributed at the test site to candidates who pass the examination.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$268

Due:

By November 30 of even-numbered years.

Learn about real estate licensing in other states:

Associate Broker - Associate brokers are qualified to work independently as a broker, but choose to work under the authority of a designated broker.

On-Site Manager - A broker or salesperson who oversees the operations of a branch office under the authority of the designated broker.

Qualifying Broker/Designated Broker - An experienced and licensed real estate broker responsible for management and operation of a real estate firm.

Real Estate - Land, buildings, and their permanent improvements and fixtures. Also called "real property" in contrast to personal property.

Real Estate Agent - This term refers generally to any licensed real estate professional.

Reciprocity - Reciprocity makes it easier for out-of-state real estate firms to gain approval to operate in a foreign state by streamlining some licensing requirements.

Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
Offers a license verification database accross 43 jurisdictions.

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Agencies
Aid education, research, and advocacy efforts in the real estate industry.

National Association of Realtors
Real estate trade organization that provides information and resources for development of the real estate industry.

Urban Land Institute
Research and education association concerned with responsible land use and creating sustainable communities.

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