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Searching for Business Records in Hawaii

Searching for Business Records in Hawaii

A wealth of public information is available on businesses registered in the state of Hawaii.

The Business Registration Division (BREG) of the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs maintains a public register of all organizations authorized to do business in the state of Hawaii. More than 90,000 active businesses are listed on the register, which includes trademarks, trade names and service names, as well as corporations, limited liability companies and all types of partnerships.

The register can be searched online by carrying out a business name search. A business complaints history database is also searchable online. Other information, such as copies of original documents filed with BREG, can be obtained by visiting or contacting BREG.
Online Business Name Search

An online business name search enables you to find out whether a business is a legitimate, registered business and reveals further information on the organization, such as the names of its corporate officers, details of its stocks and shares, and its trademarks and trade names.

BREG’s database contains information on all registered businesses currently active in the state of Hawaii, as well as businesses that ceased to operate during the period from 1996 to the present day.

Anyone can access the database through the Internet and carry out unlimited business name searches free of charge.

Although the online business name search may give you an indication of whether or not a business name is available for registration, it should not be taken as the definitive answer. If you are setting up a new business and wish to find out if a proposed name can be used, you will need to contact BREG directly by calling (808) 586 2727.

Follow this procedure for an online business name search:

1. Go to: http://hbe.ehawaii.gov/cogs/search.html;jsessionid=78E42567E02DE72D7EF929D7B95593E3
2. Enter either the full or partial name of the business in the box. If you are searching under a partial name, you must enter at least three letters. If these are the initial letters, select ‘begins with’ from the drop-down box, or, if your partial search consists of one or more words from the business name, select ‘contains’ from the drop-down box.
3. Click on ‘search’
4. A list of search results will appear on screen.
5. Click on the name of each business to access that organization’s full record. The record contains a wide range of information on the business under six main headings:
a. General Information: including the type and purpose of the business, date and place of incorporation and the mailing address.
b. Annual Filings: the status of the company’s annual filings for each of the previous years.
c. Trade Names, Trademarks and Service Marks: A list of active and expired trade names, trademarks and service marks held by the business, together with the category of goods or services each one applies to.
d. Stocks: details of stocks and shares.
e. Officers: names and titles of the chief corporate officers and the dates on which they were appointed.
f. Transactions: dates of important events, such as a name change, merger or change of registered office.

6. It is possible to purchase a Certificate of Good Standing for the business from this webpage in either electronic or printed format. This certificate includes basic information on the business and confirms:
a. the business is registered in the state of Hawaii,
b. its required filings and documentation are in good standing.
Click on the relevant button at the top of the page to make an online purchase.

Online Business & Licensee Complaints History Search

If you are thinking of doing business with a company and wish to find out whether or not any complaints against the business have been filed with the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) or the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO), you may search the Business & Licensee Complaints History database online and free of charge by following these steps:

1. Go to: http://pahoehoe.ehawaii.gov/cms/app and read the terms of carrying out a search on this page.
2. If you agree to the terms, click on ‘I agree’ at the bottom of the page.
3. Enter the name of the business for which you wish to search the complaints database.
4. Click on ‘submit query.’
5. A list of results will appear. If the database does not contain any complaints against the business, you will see ‘there were no matches to your search’ on screen. If one or more complaints exist, a record of each complaint will appear. You can then view each individual complaint history report by clicking on the icons in the ‘complaint history report’ column.

Offline Searches for Original Documents and Historical Business Records

At the Records Viewing Area of BREG, it is possible to view the original corporate, partnership and trade name documents that have been filed by businesses registered in the state of Hawaii.

The Records Viewing Area also contains business registrations dating back to the 1800s and information on businesses that became inactive before 1996. You may search all of these records and obtain copies of documents during your visit.

The address of the Records Viewing Area is:

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, Rm. 201
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

If you are unable to visit the Records Viewing Area in person, requests for certified copies of business documents may be made in any of these ways:

• Phone
• Fax
• Email
• Mail

There is a fee of $10 per certified copy for the standard processing time of 3-5 business days and an additional $10 charge for expedited processing within 24 hours.

The mailing address of BREG and its other contact details are below:

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
P. O. Box 40
Honolulu, Hawaii 96810
Phone: (808) 586-2744
Fax: (808) 586-2733
Email: breg@dcca.hawaii.gov

These resources should hopefully lead you quickly and easily to the business information you require in Hawaii.

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