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Hawaii LLC Articles of OrganizationA lot goes into the conception and planning of a new business. It is the Articles of Organization that make the LLC official. Being prepared before sitting down to complete the application will help you finish it efficiently.

First, have all of the required information handy. You will be asked for the following information:

  • Name and address of the Hawaii LLC
  • The name and address of the registered agent
  • The name(s) and address(es) of the organizer(s)
  • Period of duration
  • Whether LLC is manager-managed or member-managed (Names and addresses are required.)

Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $51, so have a credit card or check ready to go.

Standard processing will take three to five business days. Expedited processing (two to three business days) is available for an additional $25.


Filing Options

When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the three methods below.


In order to complete an online application, you will need to set up an account if you do not already have one.


For a hardcopy of the application, click here. The application and a check (payable to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs) can be mailed to the following address:

State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Business Registration Division

P.O. Box 40

Honolulu, Hawaii  96810

In Person

For a hard copy, click on the link above. Articles can be filed in the following  location:

State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Business Registration Division

335 Merchant Street

Honolulu, Hawaii  96810


Want Help Filing Your Articles of Organization?

If you decide to use your time building your business rather than completing paperwork, but don’t want to spend the money on an attorney, an business incorporation service is a great compromise.

Lots of online incorporation services are out there but do vary in perks offered, processing times (theirs, not the state’s), and price.

In general, a service will collect and review your information, prepare the documents, and send them to the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. They will contact you when the Articles of Organization have been filed.

One additional benefit offered by some services is a free year of registered agent service. Others offer order tracking or notifications of future legal requirements needed with the state.

After reviewing all the top LLC services available, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have as high brand power as the industry giant, LegalZoom, both services have great customer support, prices and offer a free registered agent.


(Post Formation Checklist) After LLC Formation

After you have filed the formation documents with the state, it’s important not to overlook a few critical details.


On the federal level, most LLCs do not pay taxes directly to the government. Instead, they report income and losses on the owner’s personal 1040 tax returns. Schedule C is often used for reporting. Unless the LLC chooses to be taxed as a corporation, a single-member LLC is taxed as a Sole Proprietorship and a multi-member LLC is taxed as a Partnership.

The state of Hawaii does not place a tax or fee on LLCs for the privilege of doing business in the state. However, all businesses are required to pay the general excise tax (GET) which is a tax on gross business income.

If selling merchandise, your LLC may need to also pay a use tax which taxes imports from unlicensed sellers.

If your LLC is an employer, withholding and unemployment insurance taxes are required.

Registration with various agencies in order to pay the above taxes is required. All businesses (except sole proprietorships) must register with the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA). In addition, all businesses are required to register for a Hawaii Tax Identification number through the Department of Taxation (DOTAX). For employers, registration is also required with Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR).

Online registration for all three agencies is recommended using the Hawaii Business Express (HBE). HBE is one-stop registration for DCCA, DOTAX, and DLIR. Filing a hard copy with DOTAX either through the mail or in person is another option. A one-time $20 registration fee is included with hard copy filing. In addition, if you are an employer, you will need to register with (DLIR) separately. Use Form BB-1. See below for appropriate addresses:

Department of Taxation

P.O. Box 1425

Honolulu, HI 96806-1425


Department of Taxation

830 Punchbowl St.

Honolulu, HI 96813


Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Unemployment Insurance Division

830 Punchbowl St., Room 437

Honolulu, HI 96813


To determine if a professional license is required for your business, visit the professional and vocational licenses page on the DCCA website.

In addition, some cities or municipalities will require various licenses or permits. Visit the local government’s website in the area where your LLC will be located.


Hawaii requires LLCs to file annual reports. The report costs $16 to file either online  or through hard copy. Regular processing varies. Expedited processing is available for an additional $25 fee.

Delinquent reports will cause an LLC to fall out of good standing with the state. A $100 penalty will be charged for every 30 days a report is delinquent. If a report is more than two years delinquent, the LLC will be dissolved.

The filing due date is the end of the quarter in which you originally filed your Articles of Organization. The quarterly due dates are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.