The first order of business before registering and paying fees is to verify your brand name by using the Hawaii Business Entity Search page through the state to see if it’s already taken or too similar. For any potential trademarking conflicts, turn to the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Next, download a copy of the Application for Registration of Trade Name form as well as this Information Document that needs to be read before doing anything else.
After you obtain a copy of the form, if you aren’t working with an attorney or professional filing service take serious time to ensure everything is clearly understood and filled out properly.
If you opt for a hard copy written form, only use solid black ink and write VERY legibly. Then, have the form notarized by an authorized individual as soon as you have completed it.
You can file it using the address specified in this Registration Guide.
A $25.00 filing fee payable to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs should be included for your Hawaii DBA. Now, all you have to do is wait for the ‘doing business as’ in Hawaii confirmation. Here’s to a prosperous year ahead!
Please note that this article is not legal advice and is for informational purposes only. Please use an online filing service or speak with a professional if you have any specific questions.