Every limited liability company operating in the United States needs to designate a registered agent. Even after you identify your initial registered agent in your formation paperwork, there are several reasons for why you may need to change the registered agent for your LLC in Hawaii.
Your registered agent could be moving out of state, or they could be a former co-owner or employee who no longer works for your organization. Maybe you want to switch from an individual registered agent to a professional service that operates in all 50 states, or perhaps you’re simply unsatisfied with your current registered agent’s service.
Whatever the reason may be, each state allows you to change your registered agent at any time, and in most states the process is both simple and inexpensive. Let’s dive into the specifics of how to change your LLC’s registered agent in Hawaii.
NOTE: If you need help changing registered agents, the same services that are known for offering business formation services — like LegalZoom and Zen Business — can also take over registered agent duties and file the needed paperwork.
Who Can Be a Hawaii Registered Agent?
A Hawaii registered agent is a person or business entity that has a physical address in the state. You or one of your co-owners can serve as your own registered agent, you can designate a friend or family member for this role, you can hire a lawyer or accountant as your agent, or you can hire an online business services company to provide registered agent service.
No matter who you choose to be your registered agent, they need to be physically present at the address provided to the state during all standard business hours. This person or entity does not need to have any prior experience being a registered agent, but it’s wise to choose a registered agent who is familiar with the serious responsibilities that come with this role.
There is no minimum age requirement to serve as a registered agent in Hawaii. In fact, Hawaii has incredibly lax rules and regulations for being a registered agent, as just about anyone could meet these qualifications:
“A registered agent must be an individual or entity authorized to transact business in this state and must be physically present in the state.”
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a Hawaii LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Hawaii?
While the role of the registered agent is vitally important for any American business entity, this role can always be changed, and there are different rules for how to change your agent depending on which state your business operates in.
In Hawaii, a limited liability company may change its registered agent by filing a Statement of Change form, or by indicating the new registered agent’s information on the LLC’s annual report.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
Any business entity located in Hawaii may change its registered agent by filing the Statement of Change of Registered Agent by Entity form with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. This form has a filing fee of $25, and it can be filed online, via mail, email, fax, or in person.
Option 2) Updating the Agent Information In Your Annual Report
LLCs in Hawaii can also change their registered agent by indicating this change in the company’s annual report. There are different forms for domestic and foreign LLCs, and each form has a $15 filing fee. You can file an annual report online, via mail, email, fax, or in person.
The standard processing time for business filings in Hawaii is 3-5 business days, and expedited filings can be completed in 1-3 business days for an additional $25.
Prefer to Have a Registered Agent Service Handle Your Requirements?
A registered agent service is a company that specializes in being a registered agent for a wide variety of businesses across the country, bringing tons of expertise and a healthy dose of reliability to the role.
Most professional registered agent services operate on a national basis, meaning there’s no restrictions on which states you can operate your business in. They also tend to charge affordable rates, as you can find several registered agent services that charge around $10/month or even less for this service. In addition, most of these companies will also offer to handle the process of changing a registered agent for you.
If you’re interested in this option, we highly recommend Northwest Registered Agent.
The Law for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Hawaii
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. Hawaii state law sets rules and regulations for registered agents without consideration for entity type or business classification, and therefore the same law applies to all entities. We mentioned earlier that Hawaii has some of the most basic and broad registered agent laws in the nation, and that notion certainly applies here as well.
Title 23, Chapter 425R of the Hawaii Code says that a business in this state may change its registered agent by filing a statement that includes the following information:
- “Name of the entity; and
- Information that is to be in effect as a result of the filing of the statement of change.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Hawaii, you need to designate a registered agent to receive important government document deliveries on your behalf. If you decide at any time that you would rather change your registered agent to a different individual or business entity, it’s important to know what that process looks like.
In Hawaii, you can change your registered agent by filing a Statement of Change form, or by indicating the change in your LLC’s annual report. They’re both simple documents with reasonable filing fees, but if you’d rather have a registered agent service handle this task for you, you certainly have that option.
We hope this article helped you improve your understanding of changing a registered agent in Hawaii, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!