Use This Online Tool to Research Local Businesses You Want to Hire

(Sponsored) Before you spend a cent or sign a contract, check out new businesses, individuals or licensed professionals with the Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs BusinessCheck.

 

As a customer, you deserve to get what you pay for. But how can you know if that new hair salon, chiropractor or electrician you intend to do business with is trustworthy? The Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs offers an online resource called BusinessCheck, which allows you to check out businesses, individuals and licensed professionals in Hawai‘i. You can use BusinessCheck to search licensee status and licensing complaints, tax and business registration, complaints history and more.

 

BUSINESS NAME SEARCH

Check on a business registered to do business in the Hawaii. Find out when the business was established, the names of the people involved, and any other previous names of the entity.

 

BUSINESS COMPLAINT HISTORY

The Office of Consumer Protection enforces general consumer protection laws and investigates unfair or deceptive practices. Find out if a business has general consumer complaints. Please also consider using the Licensee Complaint History Search, which covers infractions relating to professional or vocational licenses.

 

LICENSEE NAME SEARCH

The Department is responsible for 25 professional boards and 26 licensing programs, for a total of 51 different professions and vocations. Use this function to find out if a license is up to date or valid.

 

LICENSEE COMPLAINT HISTORY SEARCH

Licensed professionals may have had prior complaints filed with the Regulated Industries Complaints Office. Find out if your licensed professional has any prior complaints or disciplinary actions.

 

GENERAL EXCISE TAX LICENSE SEARCH

Check on whether a business or individual has a general excise tax license with the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation.

 

FINAL ORDERS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

These actions include dispositions based upon either the results of contested case hearings or settlement agreements. Respondents enter into settlement agreements as a compromise of claims and to conserve on the expenses of proceeding with an administrative hearing.

 

CONSUMER EDUCATION MATERIALS

Find a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and educational materials including informational brochures, a military consumer guide, and guides to preparing for natural disasters.

 

For more information on the Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs BusinessCheck, visit businesscheck.hawaii.gov.

 

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