Hawaii DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

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.

Hawaii Fictitious Name Registrations

Hawaii Trade Name Registration

Is registration mandatory?

Trade name registration is optional.

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.

Agency:Hawaii Business Registration Division (BREG)
Law:

Hawaii Statutes § 482-2

Initial Registration
Trade Name

Form:

Application for Registration of a Trade Name

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, or online.

Agency Fee:

$50 + optional $20 expedite fee

Is registration mandatory?:

Trade name registration is optional.

Law:

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.

Notes:
  • 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.

Registration Renewal
Trade Name Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By the date of registration every 5 years.

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