The Business Registration Division (BREG) of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) is the governing authority of all the business entities registered and licensed in the state. It keeps a record of all the information related to the business entities registered in the sate of Hawaii.
One can find information about following types of entities in BREG database:
- Limited Liability Companies (Domestic / Foreign)
- General Partnerships
- Limited Partnerships (Domestic / Foreign)
- Limited Liability Partnerships (Domestic / Foreign)
- Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (Domestic / Foreign)
Plus, information regarding trade names, trademarks, service marks and publicity name rights are also available.
The DCCA facilitates free online search to fetch business details of all the entities registered in the state. A business entity search is generally done to gather the following information about a business:
- Whether it has been legally formed in the state
- If it has a good standing status
- What is their business registered address
- What is the address of their registered agent
- To request certified copies
Hawaii Business Entity Search
One can search for a business entity by simply entering the name of the concerned business. Below we have provided a guide on how to search for a business entity in the state of Hawaii (HI).
Hawaii Business Entity Search by Name
Step 1: To get started with the business search, visit the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs homepage.
Step 2: Click on ‘Business Name Search / Find File Number‘ link (ref: image below). Alternatively click here to open the search page directly.
Step 3: On the next page, enter the business name in the search box. The drop-down menu has the default filter as ‘Begins with’; use this setting if you are sure about the name otherwise change the drop-down filter to ‘Contains’ and proceed (refer the image below).
Note: Make sure you enter atleast 4 characters in search, otherwise the search result will take a lot of time.
Step 4: Click on ‘Search‘ Button.
Step 5: On the next page, you will be able to view the list of business entities that matched the search criteria.
Note: If the search result shows the status as ‘There are no businesses for this search term‘, it means none of the businesses matched the search criteria. This also means that the name is available for registration.
For each business, you can see the following details:
- Record type
- File Number
If you prefer to refine the search further, you can choose more filters from the drop-down menu corresponding to ‘Record Type’, ‘Status’, and ‘Entity Type’.
For illustration purpose we’ve used ‘Ultra’ as the search term with ‘Contains’ filter, ‘and it resulted in 240 items (check the image below).
Here’s the detailed breakdown of filters:
Filter options that fall under ‘Record type’ are,
- Cross Reference
- Pending filing
- Trade Name
- Trade Mark
- Service Mark
The status filters are,
And finally, the Entity type filter will give you options like,
- Limited Liability
- Service marks
- Trade names
Step 6: If you have found the business you’re researching for, click on the name to view the business details and filing history.
The explanation of the terms shown in the ‘General Info’ tab is given below for the reference:
|MASTER NAME||Name of business entity|
|BUSINESS TYPE||Business Type – LLC/Corporation/Partnership/Domestic/Foreign/Profit/Non-Profit|
|FILE NUMBER||Business ID number|
|STATUS||Business Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Merged|
|PLACE INCORPORATED||State of Incorporation|
|REGISTRATION DATE||Date of Business Registration|
|MAILING ADDRESS||Business Communication Address|
|PARTNER TERM||Partnership Terms|
|MANAGED BY||Business Managed by – Members /Manager|
|AGENT NAME||Registered Agent Name|
|AGENT ADDRESS||Registered Agent Communication Address|
Using ‘Buy Available Docs‘ option, one can preview and buy certified copies of the available documents.
|Address||Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs|
Business Registration Division
P. O. Box 40
Honolulu, Hawaii 96810
|Telephone||(808) 586-2744 (Administration)|
(808) 586-2727 (Documents Registration)
|Hours||7:45 AM to 4:30 PM EST|
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Last Updated: 05/10/2018