Welcome to the Start a Business guide to entity registration in Nevada. The information found on this webpage will provide you with a general overview of the filing procedures demanded by the Secretary of State. More in-depth tutorials have been linked throughout this main page and we encourage you review them thoroughly to get a full understanding of what will be expected of you in the stages to come. Domestic registration forms can be submitted electronically with the use of an online account. All other business applications will need to be downloaded in PDF format, completed and submitted through the mail. Scroll down to the tutorial below to learn more about the exact filing requirements.
Start an Entity
Search for a Name
The business search function found on the Secretary of State’s website is a tool that’s useful for a number of reasons. When forming a new entity, performing a search prior to registration is essential to ensure that the desired business name is available for use. A search will also enable you to review the filing history of any entity registered in Nevada. Once the general information of a business has been accessed, it will be possible to calculate the filing fee for your annual reports online. Click here to view our tutorial on the various search methods available.
Nevada Online Account
Domestic entities that wish to register using the online filing portal will be required to create an account with the Secretary of State. This simple process can be accomplished in just a few minutes with the instructions found within our tutorial. Once an account has been created, you’ll not only be able to file for registration, but you may also submit your annual reports. If you’re attempting to register a foreign entity and you plan on submitting your renewal application through the mail, then you may disregard this altogether.
How to File in Nevada
Step 1- Each entity must operate under a unique business name that is distinguishable from that of all others registered with the Secretary of State. For this reason, we recommend performing a Business Entity Search prior to registration to make sure that the name you plan on using hasn’t already been taken by another entity. You may also reserve a name for 90 days by filing a Name Reservation application ($25).
Step 2- Continue by submitting the requisite filing information either online or by PDF. Online filers will be able to do this by logging into their accounts and accessing the registration portal. Individuals filing by mail will need to download the appropriate PDF application. Click on the link below that correlates with your business type to learn more about the exact filing requirements.
- Domestic Profit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Professional Corporation
- Domestic Close Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Cooperative Corporation With or Without Stock
- Domestic Non-Profit Cooperative Corporation Without Stock
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Professional Limited Liability Company
- Foreign Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership
Step 3- After submitting the requisite filing information, you will be required to provide payment for the filing fee (fees listed below). Online applications will need to be paid by credit card. Those filing through the mail may pay by check or money order made out to the Secretary of State. It is also possible to pay by credit card when filing through the mail by including the E-Payment Checklist with your filings. The online registration procedure is completed upon acceptance of payment and all paper applications must be forwarded to the address below.
Secretary of State
202 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701
- Domestic Profit Corporation- $75 + additional fees based on the total number of authorized shares
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $50
- Domestic Professional Corporation- $75 + additional fees based on the total number of authorized shares
- Domestic Close Corporation- $75 + additional fees based on the total number of authorized shares
- Domestic Non-Profit Cooperative Corporation With or Without Stock- $50
- Domestic Non-Profit Cooperative Corporation Without Stock- $50
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $75 + additional fees based on the total number of authorized shares
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $50
Limited LIability Company
- Domestic Limited Liability Company- $75
- Domestic Professional Limited Liability Company- $75
- Foreign Limited Liability Company- $75
- Domestic Limited Partnership- $75
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership- $75
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $100
- Foreign Limited Partnership- $75
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership- $75
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $100
Filing for a name reservation can be useful if you are concerned that another entity may register using your desired name while your affairs are being organized. There is no legal obligation to reserve, though many business representatives choose to file this application to secure the rights to an operating name. After you’ve submitted your reservation application, and it has been approved by the Secretary of State, a business name will be reserved for a period of 90 days. This process will require a filing fee in the amount of $25.
Certificate of Good Standing
Obtaining a Certificate of Good Standing in Nevada is a simple procedure that can be accomplished by following the instructions found in this tutorial. There are a few different reasons why someone might file for this type of certification, though its primary use comes from entities that are attempting to expand into jurisdictions outside of their own. Many foreign authorities will require a business to be in good standing before they will allow you to register in their state/country. Filers will need to create an account to access the online filing portal used to purchase this certificate ($50).
When forming a new entity, it would be wise to draft an agreement to help organize the internal structure of your business. An agreement will allow you to define any provisions that were left undocumented in the initial registration forms and relay them to all relevant parties. There is no legal obligation to file these documents with the Secretary of State, though the many benefits gained upon implementing one into your business structure will justify drafting such an agreement. Click on the link below associated with your business type to access our free templates in MS Word and Adobe PDF formats.
Employer Identification Number
Forming a new entity will often require you to apply for an Employer Identification Number as soon as acceptance of formation has been given by the Secretary of State. The Internal Revenue Service uses this unique identifier for tax purposes, in a similar fashion to a SSN. An EIN will be required if you plan on hiring employees, registering for bank accounts or requesting loans. A tutorial on the application process has been created, with instructions on both the Online and paper filing procedures.