Hawaii Business Name Reservation

Hawaii (HI) State ShapeBefore officially forming your business (LLC, Corporation etc) in Hawaii, you may consider reserving the name for your company first. Reserving business name is especially helpful in cases when you are sure to form the business in next few months but are not ready yet. Name reservation can protect your PERFECT business name, till the time you are ready for filing.

The business name can be reserved for the period of 120 days which can be further renewed. The business name reservation can also be transferred.

Hawaii Business Name Requirement

Hawaii Secretary of State has mandated certain requirements which you must keep in mind while selecting a business name.

The business name must be unique and distinguishable from any existing business entity name registered with Secretary of State. Also any difference in grammar, similarly sounding business name, or using stop words does not make the business name unique and it will lead to the name being rejected.

For example following names are not distinguishable:

  • Justin Plumber LLC vs The Justin Plumber LLC
  • Mango Farm LLC vs Mango Farms LLC
  • Jake & Mary Corporation vs Jake and Mary Corporation

Required suffix in the business name:

  • For Corporations:
    Must contain either “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Limited” or an abbreviation of one of such words.
  • For LLC
    Must contain either “Limited Liability Company”, “LLC” or “L.L.C.”.
    Limited may be abbreviated as “Ltd.”
    Company may be abbreviated as “Co.”

Prohibited words:

  • Language falsely stating or implying government affiliation or stating or implying that the business is organized for an impermissible purpose

Checking the Availability of a Business Name

Hawaii SOS provides an online tool to check the availability of any business name. You can use this tool to find and research name for your business. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Hawaii.

How to Reserve Business Name

Business name reservation can be done over mail or Online. The online process is recommended as its instant.

By Mail

Download FormLink
AddressP.O. Box 40, Honolulu, Hawaii 96810
Processing TimeWithin 5 days after the receipt
  1. Download the Pennsylvania Name reservation form – Link.
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order/check/credit card payment.
    Check/money order must be drawn in name of “Department Of Commerce And Consumer Affairs“.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    Pennsylvania Department of State
    Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
    P.O. Box 8722
    Harrisburg, PA 17105


Processing TimeInstant

Hawaii Secretary of State Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (808) 586-2727 during business hours.


Last Updated: 25/08/2018

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