Real Estate License Renewals
- Online renewals will be available October 2018.
When does my real estate license expire and what do I have to do to renew my license? Does it matter that I am inactive?
- All real estate licenses expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year.
- Please review the Renewal Instructions sheet for additional information.
- While online licensing renewals will be available until 11:59:59 pm, December 31, 2018, the November 30, 2018 deadline ensures that licensees who submit complete renewal applications by the filing deadline will be successfully renewed prior to the license expiration date and will receive their license pocket card before the start of the new licensing biennium. This will ensure continuation of real estate licensing activities from January 1, 2017 and the ability to earn compensation.
- The filing deadline is for all types of real estate license renewals, and condominium hotel operator re-registrations.
- The licensee is at risk as the application may not be processed and approved by the expiration date, and the licensee may have to cease real estate licensing activity from January 1, 2019 until properly licensed.
- For Principal brokers and broker entity licenses it is more critical, as any untimely filing will place all real estate licensees associated with the principal broker and the entity at risk, even salespersons who successfully renewed.
- If the license is not renewed prior to December 31 of an even-numbered year (e.g. 2014, 2016, etc.) for failure to submit a renewal application or failure to pay renewal fees, the license shall be forfeited on January 1 of the subsequent odd-numbered year (e.g. 2015, 2017, etc.).
- Applicants seeking to restore forfeited real estate licenses must submit a complete restoration application with all required fees, penalties, and documents (See Restoration Memorandum).
- Restoration Options are as follows:
- For licenses forfeited under one year, applicants restoring to active licensing status, must submit proof of completion of continuing education requirements. Restoring to inactive licensing status requires no CE.
- For licenses forfeited over one year and under four years, whether for active or inactive licensing status, applicants must complete one of the following:
- Complete at least thirty hours of elective CE; or
- successfully complete the prelicensing course for the level of license forfeited; or
- pass the prelicensing examination for the level of license forfeited.
- For licenses forfeited over four years but less than five years, applicants must pass the prelicensing examination for the level of license forfeited.
NOTE: To obtain a restoration application you must contact the Professional and Vocational Licensing Division – Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000.
- Submit brokerage firm, PB, BIC and RBO renewals as early as possible to insure the successful renewals of associating licensees.
- Address changes can be made during the online renewal process. All other changes should be made via the Change Form – Real Estate.
- When you have received your license pocket card. Sometimes the notice of a NSF fee check is not received until after the license pocket card is issued. At that point, the licensee is not considered successfully renewed and if after January 1, 2017, will be considered a forfeited licensee and cannot conduct real estate activity.
May I receive a refund of my renewal fees if I renew as a salesperson and subsequently pass the broker's examination and apply as a new broker before the end of the year?
- No. No refunds are given. However, the best option available is to, upon passing of the broker’s examination, NOT renew your salesperson’s license and submit your broker’s license application with an effective date of January 1, 2017. Please note: In this scenario, the licensee is still responsible for completing the continuing education requirements.
- All individual licensees (except for those who received their salesperson license in 2018) desiring to renew their licenses on an active status shall complete mandatory core courses, Parts A and B (three (3) hours each), and fourteen (14) hours of elective credit hours. All continuing education courses shall be from the Hawaii Real Estate Commission’s approved list. Persons who received their salesperson license in 2018 are deemed to have fulfilled their CE requirement.
- A Hawaii licensee with a current and unencumbered (no conditions or disciplinary actions attached) out-of-state real estate license may request a determination of CE equivalency to Hawaii’s requirement. The completion of the CE requirements in the other state may result in equivalency to the elective hours of the Hawaii CE requirement. The Hawaii licensee is still required to successfully complete the Hawaii designated core courses. An application must be submitted with the appropriate documents to qualify for this CE equivalency. The application will be reviewed by REB staff.
- Failure to complete the continuing education requirements will result in renewal on an inactive license status.
- Those licensees desiring to renew their license on an inactive status do not have to complete the continuing education requirements until they decide to change to an active status.
What if I do not complete my continuing education requirements before submitting my online renewal application?
- While you will be able to complete the online renewal, the license is at risk as the application may not be processed and approved by the license expiration date which means you will not be able to conduct real estate activity from January 1, 2019.
- Principal brokers and brokers in charge who fail to complete the continuing education requirements before submitting renewal applications jeopardize the licenses of the brokerage entity and all associating licensees, who may be placed on an inactive status.
- If renewing before the license expiration date, retain the certificates for your records in case they are needed to verify completion. The continuing education course completion certificates are designated as either “Core” for the mandatory core course or “Elective” for an elective course.
- If filing a renewal application after the license expiration date (paper application), submit the certificates along with the application.
- Any course completion certificates submitted will not be returned.
- You may still complete the online application.
- If no change form was previously submitted to change the applicable information, submit a completed change form.
- If a change form or other application was previously submitted on the incorrect information, the licensee should contact the Licensing Branch at 586-3000 to verify the status of the change form or application.
- If a change form or other application was not received by the Licensing Branch, the licensee needs to re-submit a new change form or new application form, as no copies will be accepted.
What if I continue to conduct real estate activity from January 1, 2019 without being properly licensed?
- The licensee may face enforcement action and may have to refund all compensation earned during the unlicensed period.
Why is it high priority that the brokerage entity, principal broker, broker in charge, and branch office successfully renew in a timely manner and ahead of associating salepersons?
- Most real estate licenses are dependent on the timely successful renewal of the associating real estate broker licenses. It affects the renewal of licenses of all associating broker-salespersons and salespersons, which could be held in suspense and eventually placed on an inactive status on January 1, 2019. Inactive licensees cannot conduct real estate licensing activity and will have to submit change forms to change to active status, plus there may be applicable fees.
- Failure to follow instructions;
- Failure to complete application;
- Failure to renew on time;
- Late completion of continuing education requirements;
- Incorrect checks routing number;
- Insufficient fund for check payments;
- Untimely renewal of broker entity or principal broker;
- A “YES” answer to any of the three (3) questions asked on the renewal application.
- Request a paper applications may be made from Professional and Vocation Licensing Division – Licensing Branch. Request may be made by any of the following:
- Via Telephone: (808) 586-3000
Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:Kauai 274-3141
Lanai & Molokai 1-800-468-4644
- Via email:
- By Mail:
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
- In Person:
King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, Room 301
Honolulu, HI 96813
- Via Telephone: (808) 586-3000