Learn About Hawaii Registered Agents
Your HI LLC must assign a Hawaii Registered Agent. This is a formally recognized person or business who can receive business correspondence and other documents from the Hawaii Business Registration Division. Assigning a Registered Agent is a legal requirement.
Your LLC must have a Hawaii Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing HI Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
What the Hawaii Business Registration Division Says About Registered Agents
Here’s some important information from the Hawaii Business Registration Division on HI Registered Agent services:
“A registered agent is the agent for service of process for a business, as identified by the business in its business filings. A registered agent must be an individual or entity authorized to transact business in this State and must be physically present in the State. In general, the duty of the registered agent is to receive service of process, notice or demand on behalf of the business the agent is hired to represent and to inform the business of such service.”
Rules for Hawaii Registered Agents
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Hawaii Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Hawaii.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Hawaii.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Hawaii, not a P.O. Box.
- The Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.
Note that the HI Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Hawaii LLC business address.
What to Expect from a Hawaii Registered Agent Service
What can you expect from your Hawaii Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the HI Business Registration Division. This includes:
- Correspondence from the Hawaii Business Registration Division
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your HI LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Official Hawaii state and federal government correspondence and notifications
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Incfile Provides a Free Hawaii Registered Agent Service for the First Year
If you have an LLC that’s incorporated in Hawaii and you need a HI Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Hawaii business. If you form your business through Incfile, we’ll act as your Registered Agent free for your first year (normally a $119 annual cost).
We are authorized to conduct business in Hawaii and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s HI Registered Agent service:
- The Registered Agent will always be available to accept documents and letters on your behalf.
- We automatically notify you whenever we receive correspondence for your business from the Hawaii Business Registration Division or anyone else.
- We scan your correspondence and upload it to a dashboard, so you can review it when convenient.
- We forward all correspondence to an address you choose.
How to Appoint a Hawaii Registered Agent for Your LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Hawaii LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Appoint a HI Registered Agent Service When You Create Your Hawaii LLC
Your business needs to have a Hawaii Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
File Articles of Organization with the Hawaii Business Registration Division
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form that you file with the HI Business Registration Division to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Hawaii Registered Agent
When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Articles of Organization based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Hawaii Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your HI Registered Agent in the form that we file.Incorporate Your Business Through Incfile
Change Your Hawaii Registered Agent After Your LLC Is Formed
You can also change your HI Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Choose a Registered Agent Service and File a Form with the Hawaii Business Registration Division
Once you’ve chosen a new Hawaii Registered Agent, you can complete a form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Business Registration Division so they can update your records.
Sign up for Incfile’s Hawaii Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our HI Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and send it to the Hawaii Business Registration Division. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.Order Incfile's Hawaii Registered Agent Service
Hawaii Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Hawaii LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Hawaii Business Registration Division, which will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the HI Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Hawaii Business Registration Division requesting the information.
The Problems Caused When You Don’t Appoint a Hawaii Registered Agent Service
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Hawaii Business Registration Division? There are several possible ramifications, including:
- Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If your LLC is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
- Falling out of good standing with the Hawaii Business Registration Division: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (like the request for your annual report), certain states may revoke your right to do business.
- Losing your status as a Hawaii LLC: A HI Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Hawaii LLC may be dissolved.
You Can Appoint Yourself as Your Own Hawaii Registered Agent
If you have an address in Hawaii, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
- The HI Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Hawaii. If you’re forming an LLC outside HI, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Hawaii address to sign for important documents.
- The HI Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Hawaii Business Registration Division's website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your Hawaii business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the HI Business Registration Division for the new address if you act as your own Registered Agent. This would not be the case if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.
FAQs About Hawaii Registered Agents
Yes. All HI LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Hawaii Business Registration Division.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Hawaii business through paperwork filed with the HI Business Registration Division or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you just need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Hawaii Business Registration Division.
Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.
Useful Resources for Hawaii Registered Agent Services
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