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Before forming an LLC in Hawaii, a unique business name has to be found. See how to find if the LLC name you want is available to register.
The Business Registration Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs of the State of Hawaii maintains a record of commercial enterprises and business entities registered in the state of Hawaii. The record stores information of the following type of entities:
- Limited Liability Companies
- Limited Partnerships
- Limited Liability Partnerships
The state offers an online business entity database to search all registered entities. This tool is important when forming an LLC as every LLC in the state must have a unique name. By using the database, you can save considerable time as LLC paperwork will be returned should a name be requested that is already registered.
Read our step-by-step procedure on using the state’s Division’s online search tool.
Step 1 – Visit the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs website. The Search Page will look like the screenshot below.
Step 2 – Enter the name of the LLC you want to register in the “Search your business” field. In this example we will search for “The Pool Doctor”
As you can see from the screenshot below the name The Pool Doctor is an LLC that is active and in good standing in the state. This means the name can’t be registered by anyone else.
The results of each entity provide more details such as:
- Business Name
- Business Type (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, etc)
- File Number
- Status (Active, Expired, Dissolved, etc)
- State of formation (domestic entity, foreign entity)
- Registration Date
- Mailing Address
- Hawaii Registered Agent info
Additionally, several documents can be purchased for a small fee including; a certificate of good standing, annual filing, articles of incorporation / articles of organization and more.
If your search returns the message “No business found matching your search”, it is likely the LLC name you want is available.
Secretary of State Contact Information
201 Merchant St, Suite 1805