Category Archives: Hawaii Secretary of State (SOS) Taxable Business Entity Search

Search Business Entities from the Hawaii Secretary of State by Name. This tool provided free allows anyone to search Hawaii: Corporations, General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP), and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLLP), Trademarks, Trade-Names, and Servicemarks.

Hawaii Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – Go to the Hawaii Secretary of State.

Step 2 – You want to type in as many keywords as you can that match the corporation name you are looking to find. The system will return all entities that match the search typed so if you make a broad search chances are you will not find the corporation or you will have to sift through a large list.

Step 3 – After entering your search you will be brought to the results page. You will see a list of entity names along with a preview of the File Number, Record Type, and the Status (Active, Expired, or Merged).
Click on the corporation that best matches

Step 4 – You have now completed your search and you are able to view all the information about the business entity including: Principal Office Address, Registered Agent Name and Address, State and Date of Incorporation, File Number, Annual Filings, Members, Managers, Directors, and any other filings on file with the Secretary of State. All information is public.

How to Create a Corporation in Hawaii

Step 1 – Download and complete or File Online the Articles of Incorporation below:
Domestic ProfitMost Popular – Allows an applicant to create a corporation as long as there is a principal office located in Hawaii.
Domestic Non Profit
Foreign – Allows a corporation that exists in another State to be able to conduct business in Hawaii.

Step 2 – If filing online you will be required to pay the filing fee ($50 for Profit – $25 for Non-Profit).
If filing with the paper form you will be required to enclose a check and send to the Secretary of State’s office located at:
STATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Business Registration Division
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, Hawaii 96810

If you are going to be setting up a bank account following successful incorporation then you will need to apply for an EIN Number from the Internal Revenue Service. The process takes about 10 minutes and you will be given a number instantly.

Reserve a Corporation Name in Hawaii

Step 1 – Download and Complete the Application for Reservation of Name.

Step 2 – Attach the $10 filing fee and send to:
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Business Registration Division
335 Merchant Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40, Honolulu, Hawaii 96810

Hawaii Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the Hawaii Secretary of State.

Hawaii LLC Search

Hawaii LLC Search

Step 2 – In Hawaii, you may only search BY NAME when looking up an LLC. When searching, it is highly recommended that you type in as many keywords as possible as the database will pull all records that match the terms of your query.
For Our Example We Will Be Typing in the Word ‘Hawaii’

Hawaii LLC Search Results

Hawaii LLC Search Results

Step 3 – As you can see the term ‘Hawaii’ is very common with businesses and pulled a whopping 26,383 different entities. This would be nearly impossible to sort through all these entities if looking for a specific LLC.
As you scroll through and look you will see the Secretary of State provides a preview of the File Number, Type, and Status. Select the LLC that best matches your intended query

Hawaii LLC Entity Page

Hawaii LLC Entity Page

Step 4 – This is the LLC Entity Page that allows you to lookup all information including but not limited to the: principal office address, registered agent name and address, members (owners), managers, and etc.

How to Create an LLC in Hawaii

Step 1 – You will need to either fill out the Articles of Organization forms online or download and complete below.
Domestic – Most Popular – To be used only if there will be a principal office address in Hawaii.
Foreign – To be used if a company is located outside the State and looking to do business in Hawaii.

Step 2 – If filling out online you will need to pay the $50 filing fee.
If filling out on paper a check will need to be enclosed for $50 and sent to:
STATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Business Registration Division
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, Hawaii 96810

If you are seeking a bank account for your LLC you will need to apply for an EIN Number (Tax ID).

Reserve a Company Name in Hawaii

Step 1 – Download and complete the Name Reservation Form.

Step 2 – Attach the $10 filing fee (payable to the Secretary of State) and send to:
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Business Registration Division
335 Merchant Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40, Honolulu, Hawaii 96810

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