Business Registration

Business Registration (BREG)

Due to COVID-19 and for the health and safety of consumers, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs offices will be closed to the public through
May 31st or until further notice.

During this period of office closure, no walk-in services will be available and the public is strongly encouraged to use our online services. For a full listing of online services go to http://cca.hawaii.gov/covid19

Due to the department’s temporary closure, BREG’s operations have been modified. Please do not submit filings via email, mail, or fax at this time. For Business Registration filings, please go to https://hbe.ehawaii.gov and submit your filing via BREG’s online portal.

If you need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (808) 586-2727 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Our hours of operation remain the same: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, except state holidays. We thank you for your understanding.

Who We Are
The Business Registration Division is a division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, a Government agency of the State of Hawaii. The Business Registration Branch maintains the business registry for all corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships conducting business activities in the State. In addition, the registry contains trade names, trademarks, service marks and publicity name rights.

Overview/Services

We also run several Business Action Centers that offer in-person assistance with starting a business in Hawaii.

Business Action Center (BAC)
Main Location:
335 Merchant Street
Second Level, Suite 201
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-2545
Fax: (808) 586-2733
BAC offices are also located in Maui and Hilo.

The Business Registration Division also oversees state regulation of securities.

For those considering Hawaii as their legal business domicile, we offer the following benefits:

Single Agency Jurisdiction

In Hawaii, all business registrations are filed with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division. No county filings are necessary.

Simple Registration

Hawaii has streamlined its business registration forms. They are simple to fill out and only require enough information to fulfill Hawaii’s statutory filing requirements.

Efficient Processing

Hawaii’s filing and review process matches up well with any of the leading business registration states like Delaware and Florida. Normal filings can be accomplished in only 3 to 5 working days. Expedited filings can be done in 1 to 3 working days.

Straightforward Filing Fees

Hawaii has a very straightforward filing fee schedule for business registrations. Except for financial institutions, Hawaii assesses no business franchise taxes or charter taxes.

To see all the filings, searches and purchasing that you can do online, click here.

For downloadable registration forms and fee information in PDF format, click here.

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