How Much Does It Cost to Start an LLC in Hawaii?

The cost to start an LLC (limited liability company) online in Hawaii is $51. This fee is paid to the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

Use our free Form an LLC in Hawaii guide to do it yourself.

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in Hawaii?

Hawaii LLC Online Filing Fee: $50

The main cost to start an LLC is the $51 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

For a look at LLC costs in every state, read our other Cost to Start an LLC and How to Form an LLC guides.

Hawaii Annual Report Fee: $12.50

Hawaii requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

You can submit this form through the Hawaii Business Express website for $12.50, or you can file it by mail or in person for $15. It is due by the end of the calendar quarter in which the LLC was formed. Hawaii charges a $10 penalty for failure to file on time.

Registered Agent Fee

In Hawaii you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.


Read our guide to learn more about Hawaii Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Hawaii

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into Hawaii, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in Hawaii.

The cost for registering a Hawaii foreign LLC is $50. You can register a foreign LLC in Hawaii by filing an Application for Certificate of Authority for Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form FLLC-1).

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Hawaii. This is true whether you form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting a Hawaii business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation:
Reserve your name for up to 120 days prior to LLC formation by filing the LLC Name Reservation Form (Form X-1) and paying the $10 filing fee.

“Doing Business As” (DBA) Name:
File an Application for Registration of Trade Name (Form T-1) and pay the $50 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.

Certified Document Copies:
Obtain certified copies of your Hawaii business documents by ordering through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and paying $10.

Certificate of Good Standing:
You can obtain a Hawaii certificate of good standing by ordering through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and paying the $7.50 fee. A certificate of good standing is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register a Hawaii LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Hawaii

Step 1: Name Your Hawaii LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 5: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Hawaii LLC

When you name your Hawaii LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Hawaii
  2. Meets Hawaii naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in Hawaii guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in Hawaii.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Hawaii must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your Hawaii registered agent must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Hawaii
  • Be available during normal business hours to accept service of process

Recommended: Get a free year of registered agent services when you hire Northwest Registered Agent to form your LLC. $29 (plus state fees).

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Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

The Hawaii Form LLC-1 - Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to form an LLC. The fee for filing the Articles of Organization is $50 online.

For detailed instructions for completing the Articles of Organization, visit our How to File the Hawaii Articles of Organization guide.

File the Hawaii Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With Hawaii Business Express

File Online

- OR -

OPTION 2: File Form LLC-1 by Mail, by Fax, by Email, or in Person

Form LLC-1

State Filing Cost: $50, payable to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Mailing Address:
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
335 Merchant St.
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, HI 96810

Office Address:
335 Merchant St.
Room 201
Honolulu, HI 96813

Fax: (808) 586-2733


Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for Hawaii LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our Hawaii LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 5: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

Hawaii LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for a Hawaii LLC every year?

Hawaii LLCs must pay an annual report fee of $12.50 every year. Visit our Hawaii LLC annual report guide for more information.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

Article Sources

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