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Business Express is the quick and easy way to start a business in the state of Hawai`i. One simple interface covers all the forms with all the state agencies and partners. Easy to read instructions and context sensitive help make creating a business with Business Express safe, fast, and efficient.

In order to use HBE you need to create a free account first. Having an account costs you nothing and will allow you to save you filings before you pay, keep your filing history and leverage more services.

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File with Step by Step Instructions

Don’t know how to start and don’t have a Hawai`i Taxpayer ID? You should use the Wizard, which leads you step by step through the process. Using the Wizard will file with the Dept. of Taxation (to get your Taxpayer ID), with the Business Registrations Division of the DCCA, and if you have or will have employees, the Wizard will also file with the Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations. Learn how the Wizard automates the business registration process.

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Go Directly to Forms

Already have a Hawai`i Taxpayer ID, or just want to file a specific form with the Business Registrations division of the DCCA? Want to file only the BB-1 Basic Business Application (Hawai`i Taxpayer ID) with the Department of Taxation?

You should use QuickFile. With QuickFile, you choose the form to file with the DCCA.

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Who We Are

PDF Forms, Fees and Information

The Business Registration Division is a division ofDepartment of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, a Government agency of the State of Hawaii.
The Business Registration Branch maintains the business registry for all corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships conducting business activities in theState. In addition, the registry contains trade names, trademarks, service marks and publicity name rights.

Business Action Centers

We also run several Business Action Centers that offer in-person assistance with starting a business in Hawaii .

Business Action Center (BAC)

BAC offices are also located in Maui and Hilo.

The Business Registration Division also oversees state regulation of securities.

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For those considering Hawaii as their legal business domicile, we offer the following benefits:

Single Agency Jurisdiction

In Hawaii, all business registrations are filed with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division. No county filings are necessary.

Simple Registration

Hawaii has streamlined its business registration forms. They are simple to fill out and only require enough information to fulfill Hawaii's statutory filing requirements.

Efficient Processing

Hawaii's filing and review process matches up well with any of the leading business registration states like Delaware and Florida. Normal filings can be accomplished in only 3 to 5 working days. Expedited filings can be done in 1 to 3 working days.

Straightforward Filing Fees

Hawaii has a very straightforward filing fee schedule for business registrations. Except for financial institutions,Hawaii assesses no business franchise taxes or charter taxes.