Hawaii Business Licenses, Fees and Filing Requirements for Your LLC

Some types of businesses have different requirements in Hawaii, including related fees and costs. Your HI LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Hawaii government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Hawaii Business Registration Division or statewide organizations, while others come from the federal government. On this page, we’ve summarized the most common fees and requirements.

Note that Hawaii business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.

Hawaii LLC Incorporation Filing Costs

When you first incorporate your business in Hawaii, you’ll need to file an LLC with the HI Business Registration Division and pay a Hawaii filing fee. Here are the current fees and filing times for Hawaii:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$50 3 Weeks 2 Business Days

When you form your HI LLC through Incfile, we automatically forward this fee to the Hawaii Business Registration Division when we file your incorporation paperwork.

Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here, including expedited fees for Hawaii.

Getting an EIN/Tax ID for Your Hawaii LLC

Every Hawaii LLC should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.

Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Hawaii

If you’re expanding your Hawaii LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Hawaii. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.

Hawaii LLC Annual Reporting and Ongoing Fees

Most states need you to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their Business Registration Division. When you file your HI LLC annual report, you may need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Hawaii:

Learn about your ongoing Hawaii LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Hawaii filing lookup tool.

Incfile can also complete and file your Hawaii Annual Report on your behalf.

Business Licenses and Permits in Hawaii

Some HI LLCs will need certain business licenses and permits from federal, state and regional organizations. These permits and licenses will have associated fees that you should pay on a one-off or regular basis.

Permits and licenses vary based on:

  • The industry your Hawaii LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your Hawaii LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Honolulu)
  • The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:

  • A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Hawaii LLC will need
  • The application forms you will need to file with the Hawaii, regional and federal licensing authorities

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Hawaii and local governments.

An Operating Agreement for Your Hawaii LLC

An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.

An Operating Agreement is extremely useful for several reasons (learn about them here). If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Hawaii business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Ad Hoc Hawaii Fees or Requirements for Your HI LLC

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Hawaii LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.

To Obtain a Fictitious/DBA Name for Your Hawaii LLC

If you want your HI business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Hawaii Business Registration Division. You will need to pay a Hawaii filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.

To Change the Hawaii Registered Agent

Your Hawaii LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new HI Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Hawaii Registered Agent service.

To Reserve a Name

If you don’t want to form your HI business right away, you can reserve a name with the Hawaii Business Registration Division. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.

To Amend Certain Facts About Your Hawaii LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Hawaii business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Hawaii Business Registration Division. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf. Areas you might want to file Hawaii Articles of Amendment for include:

  • Adding, removing or changing a Hawaii LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Hawaii LLC

To Get a Certificate of Good Standing

Some organizations will request that you prove your Hawaii LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Hawaii Business Registration Division. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard HI LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.

Of course, your Hawaii LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for HI LLCs.

FAQs About Hawaii LLC Fees

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Hawaii LLC?

We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Business Registration Division on your behalf when forming your Hawaii business.

Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?

Yes. Most states, including Hawaii require you to file a report for your LLC every year. Some states require filing biennially (every other year), though a handful don’t require annual reports. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.

Who Will I Need to Get Business Licenses and Permits from for My Hawaii LLC?

It depends on various factors including:

  • The type of business you run
  • Where you are located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Federal, state and local regulations

That’s why our business license research package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Hawaii LLC needs to be compliant.

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