Hawaii Business Entity & Corporation Search

Hawaii (HI) State ShapeThe 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:

  • Corporations
  • 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.

BREGG Homepage

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).

Hawaii (HI) Business Entity Search

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:

  • Name
  • Record type
  • File Number
  • Status

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).

Hawaii (HI) Business Entity Search Results

Here’s the detailed breakdown of filters:

Filter options that fall under ‘Record type’ are,

  • Entity
  • Cross Reference
  • Reservation
  • Pending filing
  • Trade Name
  • Trade Mark
  • Service Mark

The status filters are,

  • Active
  • Expired
  • Merged

And finally, the Entity type filter will give you options like,

  • Cooperative
  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability
  • Partnerships
  • Service marks
  • Trade names
  • Trademarks

Step 6: If you have found the business you’re researching for, click on the name to view the business details and filing history.

Hawaii (HI) Business Entity Buy Certified Docs

The explanation of the terms shown in the ‘General Info’ tab is given below for the reference:

MASTER NAMEName of business entity
BUSINESS TYPEBusiness Type – LLC/Corporation/Partnership/Domestic/Foreign/Profit/Non-Profit
FILE NUMBERBusiness ID number
STATUSBusiness Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Merged
PLACE INCORPORATEDState of Incorporation
REGISTRATION DATEDate of Business Registration
MAILING ADDRESSBusiness Communication Address
PARTNER TERMPartnership Terms
MANAGED BYBusiness Managed by – Members /Manager
AGENT NAMERegistered Agent Name
AGENT ADDRESSRegistered Agent Communication Address

Using ‘Buy Available Docs‘ option, one can preview and buy certified copies of the available documents.

Contact Information
AddressDepartment 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)
Hours7:45 AM to 4:30 PM EST

Links & References

  1. http://cca.hawaii.gov/breg/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_state_(U.S._state_government)

Last Updated: 05/10/2018

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