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Each state has its own, unique requirements for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company). Understanding Hawaii’s requirements will simplify your LLC formation process.
In Hawaii, the name of every LLC must include one of the following: "Limited Liability Company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." Purely geographical locations and the word "Partners" cannot be used in LLC names. If you wish to use the word "Bank" or a variation of it, you’ll need approval from the Commissioner of Financial Institutions.
The following are Hawaii’s requirements for the members and managers of LLCs:
In Hawaii, you form an LLC by filing the Articles of Organization with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division (BREG) and paying the required fee.
Every LLC must appoint a Registered Agent. The name and address of the Registered Agent must be listed on the Articles of Organization. This must be a physical address in Hawaii—not a post office box—and the agent must be available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and other important legal and tax documents for the business.
Hawaii does not allow professionals, such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).
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