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The Hawaii Articles of Organization are the LLC forms that must be completed and filed with the state in order to incorporate an LLC.

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It is simple to file the Hawaii Articles of Organization!

We’ll walk you through the three simple procedures of submitting the Hawaii LLC Articles of Organization.

Get Forms for Your Articles of Organization

Complete the Articles of Organization Forms.

Forms of Articles of Organization must be filed.

Step 1: Obtain your Articles of Organization.

Hawaii Articles of Organization may be downloaded and sent in.

Step two: Complete the Articles of Organization

We will assist you with completing the Hawaii Articles of Organization form in this phase.

To complete each step, you will need to know the following information:

Name of the Entity

Name of the Registered Agent and the Address of the Registered Office

Organizers’ names and the kind of governing authority

Liability of Members

Duration of Business

Name of the Entity

A unique and clever company name is crucial, but it is not as necessary as a legally valid name.

When selecting a name for your company, you must ensure that the name:

satisfies Hawaii’s naming standards

isn’t already in use by another company in Hawaii

Stick to the Hawaii Naming Guidelines:

The word “limited liability corporation” or one of its acronyms must be in your name (LLC or L.L.C.). “Limited” and “company” may be shortened as “Ltd.” and “Co.”

Your name cannot be the same as, or nearly similar to, any other existing company or trademark registered in the state. We will assist you with this step in the section below on how to find a company name.

Your LLC’s name cannot include terms that may be confused with a government organisation (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).

Without the approval of the state commissioner of financial institutions, the following terms may not be used: financial institution, bank, banker, banking, banc, savings bank, savings and loan, savings association, financial services loan company, credit union, trust company, intrapacific bank, international banking corporation, and trust.

Domestic insurance companies are required to have the term “insurance” in their name. A reciprocal insurer’s name must include one of the words: reciprocal, interinsurer, interinsurance, exchange, underwriters, or underwriting.

The following terminology must also be approved or authorised by the state: certified public accountant, public accountant, CPA, PA, cooperative, escrow, and escrow depository.

Your name must be legal and not be intended to mislead or confuse the general public.

Examine Name Availability:

Is your name legal in Hawaii? Do a name search on the Hawaii Business Express website to ensure that the name you desire isn’t already used.

Obtain a Domain Name:

We suggest that you check to see whether your company’s name is accessible as a web domain. Even if you don’t intend to create a company website right away, you may wish to purchase the URL to prevent others from doing so.

Registered Office and Registered Agent

A registered agent receives and transmits legal paperwork on behalf of your LLC. When you form your Hawaii LLC, you must provide your registered agent and registered office address.

Your registered agent may be anybody over the age of 18 who resides in Hawaii. During normal business hours, your registered agent must always be present at the registered office.

Organizers and Governing Body

You must give the names and addresses of all the LLC’s organisational members.

You must also choose whether your LLC will be handled by management or by its members. If you have managers, each original manager must be listed. If your LLC will be administered by its members, each original member must be listed.

Liability of Members

You must state whether the members will be accountable for all of the company’s debts, obligations, and liabilities, or just for some debts, obligations, and liabilities.

Duration of Business

You must specify whether the LLC is scheduled to expire on a certain date, at will, or at an undefined period.

Step 3: Submit the Articles of Incorporation.

You must submit the Articles of Organization with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to register your LLC.

You may submit your Articles of Organization in two ways:

Fill out the forms online.

Send a physical copy via the mail or in person.
Following the Official Formation of Your LLC

After filing your Articles of Organization, you should do the following:

Make a Business Agreement

Obtain an EIN

Establish a Business Bank Account

Purchase Licenses and Permits

Make a Business Agreement

A Hawaii LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that details your LLC’s ownership structure and member functions.

Although an Operating Agreement is not necessary in Hawaii to incorporate an LLC, it is a good idea to have one. You may begin working on your operating agreement before, during, or after filing your Articles of Organization.

Your operating agreement will be held in the private business records of your LLC; you will not submit it with the state.

Obtain an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is your LLC’s equivalent of a social security number. If you want to recruit staff or create company bank accounts, you’ll need an EIN.

You may get your EIN for free by using the IRS website, fax, or mail. Read our What is an EIN article to discover more about EINs and how they might benefit your LLC.

Establish a Business Bank Account

It is critical to use specific business banking and credit accounts to safeguard your company’s corporate veil. When you combine your personal and company accounts, your personal assets (house, vehicle, and other possessions) are at danger if your LLC is sued.

Purchase Licenses and Permits

When forming an LLC, you should consider if your company requires any licences or permissions to operate legally. On the federal level, a few corporate operations need licences and/or permissions.

Learn how to secure the licences and permissions required for your company, or hire an expert to handle it for you:

Federal: For federal business licences and permits, see the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

State: Visit Hawaii’s Business Action Center website to apply for or learn more about licences, permits, and registration.

Local: Inquire with your county clerk regarding local licences and permissions.