Hawaii LLC Cost

We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your Hawaii LLC.

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FAQs on how to determine Hawaii LLC costs

  • The first step to officially forming your Hawaii limited liability company (LLC) is to submit your Articles of Organization to the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. However, there are several things you need to do before you can complete the form. We can help you through the process with our Hawaii LLC Formation Service

    We can help you file your Hawaii LLC formation documents for just $0 plus state fee

  • What does it cost to start a business in Hawaii? That’s a great question to ask. Your overall Hawaii LLC cost may encompass additional fees. Here are some of them.

    Hawaii LLC Filing Fee

    $51: Submitting your Articles of Organization involves a one-time filing fee of $51

    Registered Agent Fee

    Varies: You can be your own registered agent in Hawaii, but it isn’t recommended. A registered agent has to be available during all normal business hours. Most owners don’t want to be tied to the office this way, and it could really cut into vacation and sick days as well. A registered agent should be factored into your average cost to start a business in Hawaii. We can help you find a registered agent that meets all the necessary requirements with our Hawaii Registered Agent Service.

    Annual Report Fee

    $12.50 – $15: Hawaii requires annual reports. It’s due by the end of the calendar quarter in which your limited liability company was originally formed. Your Hawaii LLC cost for submitting your Annual Report is $12.50 if filed online or $15 by mail or in person. We can also file it for you using our Hawaii Annual Report Service.

  • There are a number of factors that can go into your final Hawaii LLC cost. Here are some of the other fees that could apply.

    Business Licenses and Permits

    Varies: Depending on the industry you’re in and your location, your company may require specific business licenses and permits to operate legally. These could be at the federal, state, or local levels. Each permit or license has a different fee which should be factored into the cost to start a business in Hawaii.

    Determining which licenses, permits, and registrations you need can be time-consuming, and you already have a lot of things to do. Together with our partners at Avalara, we can provide a Business License Report that gives you a rundown of everything you need.

    Hawaii LLC Name Reservation

    $10: Choosing your business name is an important task. It would be awful to choose the perfect name just to have someone register the name before you get the chance.

    Doing Business As (DBA)

    $50: If you choose to go by a name that isn’t your official LLC name, you’ll need to file a DBA. In Hawaii, this is called a “registered trade name.” Though this is an additional Hawaii LLC fee, it could certainly be worth it when considering the best name to use.

    Certificate of Good Standing

    $7.50: A Certificate of Good Standing is often required by your business bank and lending institutions to verify that your company is fully compliant with all state business requirements.

    Certified Document Copies

    $10: You can obtain certified copies of all your Hawaii business documents through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

    Foreign LLC Registration

    $50: If you have an LLC registered in another state but would like to do business in Hawaii, you’ll need to register as a foreign LLC in Hawaii.

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  • There are penalties for filing your limited liability company business documents late. Paying your filing fees is an important part of business compliance. Lack of compliance could prevent you from being able to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing.

  • Failure to pay the filing fee for your Articles of Organization could result in denial of your limited liability company application. Your business could still operate as a sole proprietorship or general partnership but would lack the personnel protections and tax advantages of a registered LLC. 

  • Your Hawaii LLC filing fee is paid to the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

  • Your Hawaii LLC cost is one of the few things that’s relatively cheaper on the island than on the mainland. The largest filing fee you’ll incur is your Articles of Organization one-time fee of $51. There’s a chance that your business licenses or permits may be more expensive than this, but those are unique to your industry and location.

  • If filing your documents online, have your credit card ready. Credit cards can also accompany email and fax filings. The Hawaii government accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, or JCB. Paper filings will need to use the Business Registration Division Credit Card Transaction Form.

    Make checks payable to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for the exact amount required for your specific document.

How do I form my LLC in Hawaii?

There are a number of steps involved with forming Hawaii limited liability companies, and we are happy to guide you through the process. 

1. Choose a name for your LLC

Deciding on a name for your company can be fun and give you an opportunity to be creative. It’s important to make sure you adhere to all Hawaii LLC naming requirements. Your name has to include the term “limited liability company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “LLC.” It also needs to be different from other business names registered in the state. We can help make sure your name is available with our Business Name Checker

2. Select a Registered Agent

Your registered agent is responsible for receiving all legal and business correspondence. You must have a registered agent chosen prior to submitting your Hawaii Articles of Organization and be prepared with all relevant contact information. 

3. File Your LLC Articles of Organization

It’s important to have all of the necessary information readily available prior to submitting your Hawaii Articles of Organization. Here are some of the things you’ll need:

  • Name of the limited liability company
  • The mailing address of the initial principal office
  • Name and address of the registered agent
  • Name and address of each organizer
  • The management structure of the organization
  • Names and addresses of the initial members and managers
  • Debt and liability obligations
  • Signature of the organizer 
  • Filing Fee

This document can be filed online, by mail, fax, or email. 

4. Create an Operating Agreement

An Operating Agreement isn’t required in Hawaii, but it’s highly recommended. This internal document is a great tool for keeping everyone on the same page. You and other members have the opportunity to create the rules that govern your business. These often include member and manager roles and responsibilities, profit and loss sharing, conflict resolution, transfer of ownership procedures, business dissolution, and more. 

Without an Operating Agreement, your LLC will fall under the default Hawaii statutes, which may or may not be in the best interest of your business. We can help you get started with our Operating Agreement Template

5. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Your EIN functions like a social security number for your business. You need one to file taxes or hire employees. It’s also important when opening your business bank accounts or obtaining loans. You get this number from the IRS, or we can get it for you with our EIN Service, which means one less thing on your plate. 

Stay Legally Compliant

There are many things to keep track of when it comes to running a business. As your business grows, things can change, and that’s ok. But it’s important to amend your formal documents to remain fully compliant with the Hawaii government. With our Worry-Free Compliance Service, you can file up to two amendments a year, keep all your important documents in one place, and receive a notification when compliance deadlines draw near. 

We Can Help!

Most people don’t love filing paperwork and legal documents. It happens to be what we do best! Let us help you get your Hawaii LLC up, running, and growing with our business formation services. 

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.


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