Change Hawaii registered agent
You can change a registered agent by informing the Secretary of State online via a Statement of Change of Registered Agent By Entity. Learn how to do this step by step.
Who are they?
Agent for service of process
Also known as a registered agent, resident agent, statutory agent, etc in various states. These agents are physically located in the state where business entities operate. They receive important legal documents on behalf of the business entity.
Receive service of process
Their primary task is to receive tax forms, judicial notices, and other legal documents during business hours, 5 days a week.
For all business entities
Most business entities including LLCs, corporations, and partnerships require these agents in every state they operate in.
Not PO boxes
Agents must have a physical street address in the state. Not just PO boxes.
Details are public
The address and contact details of these agents are made public by the Secretary of State.
How to change a registered agent in Hawaii?
Check the steps below:
1. Find a new registered agent
Before you plan to change your existing registered agent, make sure to find an alternative registered agent in the state.
If you are physically located in the state, you can be a registered agent for your own LLC. But paying a service provider to become a registered agent will give you much-needed peace of mind.
You can also find a new registered agent through the state's business entity search tool.
2. Inform existing registered agent
You may inform your existing registered agent about your decision to replace them.
3. Inform the State
To change the registered agent for an LLC in Hawaii, file the form 'Statement of Change of Registered Agent By Entity' online with the Secretary of State.
Alternatively, you can also change the registered agent by filing your annual report if you are within the filing period of the report. This is simpler than filing the 'Statement of Change of Registered Agent By Entity' form, but it can only be done within the filing period.
A registered agent is an agent of your LLC on whom any notice, process or demand may be served. Every LLC in Hawaii needs to have a registered agent located in the state.
According to Hawaii Revised Statutes § 428-107:
Registered agent can be an individual or an authorised organisation.
Registered agent must have a street address where they can personally receive service of process.
Office of Registered agent cannot be just a mailbox service of a telephone answering service.
Failure to maintain registered agent
If you fail to maintain a registered agent, the Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs may administratively terminate your entity
LLC Annual Report
Every LLC has to file this report in Hawaii to stay compliant with the state laws.
Filing Annual Report
Hawaii LLC is expected to file this report annually
File it online on Hawaii Business Registration Division website
Mail a form to Hawaii Business Registration Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, HI 96810
Failure to pay
There is a late fee of $10 for any annual report received after the required filing quarter. If you fail to file an annual report for two or more years, it will result in the dissolution of your Hawaii LLC.
Annual reports must be filed during the quarter that contains the registration anniversary date. For example, if you registered on February 16th, then you must file your annual report between January 1 and March 31. The due dates are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.
Frequently asked questions
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