Hawaii Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Hawaii business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

Agency:Hawaii Business Registration Division (BREG)

Application for Registration of a Trade Name

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, or online.

Agency Fee:


Is registration mandatory?:

Trade name registration is optional.


Hawaii Statutes § 482-2

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of a trade name does not confer ownership rights. In Hawaii, name ownership comes from public use of the name.

  • There is an optional $20 expedite fee.
  • The department will not issue a trade name that is substantially identical to a registered trade name, legal name, or other registered mark.
  • Publication of registration is not required in Hawaii.

Renewal Filing

Agency:Hawaii Business Registration Division (BREG)


Filing Method:

Online only

Agency Fee:



Due by the date of registration every 5 years.

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