Hawaii

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 42nd largest population in the United States, Hawaii services both large and small businesses. Hawaii's major industries include tourism and agriculture. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Hawaii's business services.

Forming a Corporation in Hawaii

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Hawaii, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Hawaii's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Hawaii requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with the names of any existing domestic or foreign corporation, partnership, limited liability company or limited liability partnership as well as fictitious names, trade names, trademarks or service marks registered with the Secretary of State. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Hawaii's standards.

Permitted designations: Hawaii corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Restricted designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Hawaii, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:

  • Banc
  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • Cooperative
  • Cpa
  • Credit Union
  • Escrow
  • Escrow Depository
  • Exchange
  • Financial Institution
  • Financial Services Loan Company
  • Insurance
  • Interinsurance
  • Interinsurer
  • International Banking Corporation
  • Intra-Pacific Bank
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic
  • Pa
  • Public Accountant
  • Reciprocal
  • Savings and Loan
  • Savings Association
  • Savings Bank
  • Trust
  • Trust Company
  • Underwriters
  • Underwriting

Prohibited designations: Hawaii prohibits the following words or phrases in corporate names:

  • Post office
  • Postal office

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Hawaii requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Hawaii is 10-12 business days. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 2-3 days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have three directors if there are three or more shareholders, two directors if there are two shareholders and one director if there is one shareholder. Corporations must also have a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Director qualifications: A director who is a resident of Hawaii must maintain a registered office and agent.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Principal office location

Hawaii permits a corporation's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on or before the last day of the calendar quarter that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 10 business days.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

Ready to Incorporate in Hawaii? Get Started

Forming an LLC in Hawaii

Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Hawaii, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. We can also take care of many of your company's follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Hawaii's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Hawaii requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any other corporation, partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, fictitious name, trade name, trademark or service mark. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Hawaii's standards.

Permitted designations: Hawaii LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • LTD. Liability Company
  • Limited Liability Co.
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Ltd. Liability Co.

Restricted words: The use of certain words in LLC names is "restricted" in Hawaii, meaning special approval by the state is required. These include:

  • Banc
  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • Cooperative
  • Cpa
  • Credit Union
  • Escrow
  • Escrow Depository
  • Exchange
  • Financial Institution
  • Financial Services Loan Company
  • Insurance
  • Interinsurance
  • Interinsurer
  • International Banking Corporation
  • Intra-Pacific Bank
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic
  • Pa
  • Public Accountant
  • Reciprocal
  • Savings and Loan
  • Savings Association
  • Savings Bank
  • Trust
  • Trust Company
  • Underwriters
  • Underwriting

Prohibited words: The state of Hawaii prohibits the use of certain words in the names of LLCs, including:

  • Post Office
  • Postal Office

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Hawaii must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of this filing for you.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Hawaii is 10-12 business days. Expedited filings, which requires an additional fee, typically take 2-3 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.

Principal Office Location:

Hawaii permits an LLC's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their annual report with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs by the last day of the calendar quarter that marks the anniversary of formation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 10 business days.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

Ready to Incorporate in Hawaii? Get Started

Get Hawaii Business Licenses

Before your business can legally begin to operate, you must satisfy its license, permit, and tax registration requirements. Almost all state, county, and local governments require businesses to obtain one or more licenses and permits. Additionally, selling taxable goods and services or hiring employees requires that you register with tax authorities. All business license, permit, and tax registration requirements vary by your industry and location.

Examples of possible licenses required in Hawaii:

  • Employee Leasing License
  • Watercraft License
  • Design Firm License

Too busy to research your licensing requirements? We can help.

Learn More

Start Your Corp or LLC

Packages starting at

$99

plus state fees

Get Started

Or call 1-800-818-6082.