A seller of travel is any person, firm, corporation, or business who offers for sale prearranged travel, tourist-related services, or tour-guide services for other people through vacation or tour packages.
Hawaii’s seller of travel law requires all individuals who seek to sell travel services in Hawaii to get licensed with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
If you want to sell charter tours, you will need to get a different license. Check out the tutorial here.
How to get a Hawaii Seller of Travel License
Step #1: Complete License Application
Step #2: Set up client trust account
Set up a client trust account via a checking or savings account with a federally insured financial institution located in Hawaii.
Submit evidence of setting up this account by ONE of the following:
- An original letter from the financial institution with the following: name and address of financial institution, name on the account, Client Trust Account designation, when account was established, and account number
- Copy of a blank void check which has the name and address of financial institution, name of your travel agency, account number, and identifies account as a client trust account
Step #3: Pay application fees
Make checks payable to “Commerce and Consumer Affairs”.
Fees are as follows:
- If applying for registration in an even-numbered year: $215
- If applying for a registration in an odd-numbered year: $146
Application fees are non-refundable, even if your application is denied.
If for any reason you are denied the registration you are applying for, you may be entitled to a hearing as provided by Title 16, Chapter 201, Hawaii Administrative Rules, and/or Chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Your written request for a hearing must be directed to the agency that denied your application, and must be made within 60 days of notification that your application for a registration has been denied.
Step #4: Submit application
Mail your license application, additional paperwork, and fees to the following address:
Travel Agency Program
DCCA, PVL Licensing Branch
PS Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
License Expiration and Renewal
Hawaii Seller of Travel Licenses expire on December 31st of odd-numbered years (2017, 2019, etc).
Renewal applications are mailed to current license holders approximately 6 weeks prior to the expiration date.