How to Form a Nevada LLC

By Bazal Razzaq

Chief Editor

Updated: September 13, 2023, 12:30pm

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Nevada LLC

Looking for ways to form an LLC in Nevada? You’re at the right place! Through this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process, ensuring you have a solid foundation for your limited liability company.

#1 Choose a name for your Nevada LLC

The very first step in this LLC formation journey is to pick a valid legally compliant name for your company. Make sure that your chosen business name is memorable, unique, and relevant to your LLC’s identity. It’s best if it’s different from other registered business entities. 

Additionally, here are some guidelines you should consider while naming your Nevada LLC, 

  • The name you choose should be distinct from existing business names registered with the Nevada Secretary of State. This includes corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and all other types of business structures in the State. You can visit Nevada’s business portal website SilverFlume which offers a business entity search to help you check.

  • Your name needs to contain a proper designator to indicate its limited liability status. You can use one of the following abbreviations:

  • Limited Liability Company
  • Limited Company
  • L.L.C.
  • LC.
  • LC
  • LLC(Most LLC owners stick with this one)

  • Avoid using certain words related to regulated industries (like “bank,” “insurance,” and “doctor”), as they may require additional approval, documentation, or compliance with specific regulations. 

  • Also, it’s best not to use words related to government agencies and authorities like the State Department, CIA, FBI, Treasury, etc., in your LLC name since they can imply that your business is, in fact, something it’s really not.

  • It goes without saying at this point, but your chosen name should contain no vulgar, obscene, or forbidden words as per the state regulations.

  • If you plan to use the name of a living person in your LLC’s name, you may need their written consent.

  • Additionally, if your LLC intends to provide professional services, such as legal or medical services, additional requirements and restrictions may apply. You may need to use a specific type of professional entity designation.

Still confused? Here’s a complete list of Maine naming rules to help you decide on the best possible name for your company. 

If you do have a legally compliant name in your mind but aren’t ready to kick start your LLC just yet, there’s always an option to reserve it. With Nevada, you have the option of either reserving a business name online or completing the Name Reservation Request form to submit later.

Note: Please remember that you’re under no obligation to use your legal business name(one that’s mentioned in your Articles of Organization document and other relevant paperwork) when doing business in the real world. You have the option to use a Trade or Fictitious Name, more popularly known as a DBA (doing business as). 

To register a DBA with the state authorities, you need to file a Fictitious Firm Name Statement Form – LLCs and submit to the address mentioned below,

Office address:
Clark County Clerk’s Office
Regional Justice Center, 5th Fl.
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Mailing address:
Clark County Clerk’s Office
PO Box 551604
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1604

Clark County Clerk’s Office: 702-671-0500

The filing fee is $25. Remember that it costs an additional $6 for a certified copy and $.50 for each extra copy. You also need to renew your DBA every five years.

#2 Create a business plan for your company

Before fully registering your LLC in Nevada, it’s best to create a business plan for your company. Why? Because a business plan proves to be an extremely important asset in cases of any future financial and legal troubles. 

Here’s what you can include in your LLC business plan, 

  1. A brief Introduction describing your business idea and its purpose.

  2. A Market Analysis explaining your target market and competitors.

  3. Your Products/Services and an in-depth summary of what you offer and how it solves customer needs.

  4. A proper Marketing Strategy outlining how you’ll attract and retain customers.

  5. Operations section describing how your LLC will run day-to-day.

  6. Introduce key Team Members and their roles.

  7. Your Financial Projections, including income, expenses, and projected profits.

  8. A Funding section explaining how you’ll finance your business.

  9. Your future Goals, which highlight clear short-term and long-term objectives.

  10. Add any additional relevant information.

#3 Appoint a registered agent

Like all other U.S. states, Nevada requires you to assign a registered agent for your LLCs. These agents are the ones liable for receiving and accepting your legal documentation and notices, from government correspondence to lawsuit notices and financial statements. Then, they forward all this important paperwork to the appropriate owners/members of your LLC. 

You have the following options when it comes to choosing a statutory agent for your Nevada LLC:

  • Be your own registered agent.

  • Pick another registered business entity.

  • Hire a registered agent service.

  • Choose an individual within the company(manager/employee/member)

  • Hire an Attorney, lawyer, or legal facility.

Here are some other legal requirements to keep in mind when selecting a registered agent for your company,

The list doesn’t end here, the agent also needs to be,

  1. Provide a valid street address in Nevada.

  2. Be present during regular business hours (9:00 AM to 5 PM) to receive legal documents

  3. Agree to be the LLC’s official point of contact.

  4. Be at least 18 years old.

  5. Reside in Nevada or have authorization to do business there.

  6. Be an individual or a business entity authorized to operate in Nevada.

As for the filing charges, it could be anything from $35 to $300.

#4 Obtain a federal Employer Identification Number with the IRS

Your next step should be applying for an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) for your Nevada LLC. It’s a unique nine-digit number(formatted as XX-XXXXXXX) and is quite similar to the Social Security number(SSN). It’s used to identify a business for taxation purposes and keep track of your business’s tax reporting. 

You need it if your LLC plans on,

  • Hiring employees

  • Opening professional business bank accounts

  • Applying for business licenses and permits

  • Meeting federal and state tax obligations

  • And generally smoothly conducting day-to-day business operations

You can get one from the IRS website for free, or download the form and then mail it to the address below:

Internal Revenue Service

Attn: EIN Operation

Cincinnati, OH 45999 

Fax: (855) 641-6935

There is no filing fee.

#5 Prepare and file your Articles of Organization report with the Nevada Secretary of State

To formally register your Nevada LLC, you need to file the following forms with the Nevada Secretary of State:

After submission, Nevada merges all these forms into a single formation pdf packet. You have the option to file online, or download the form and then send it to the address listed below:

Secretary of State
Commercial Recordings Division
202 N. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701-4201

Fax: (775) 684-5725


The filing cost is $425 ($75 Articles of Organization + $150 Initial List of Manager or Members + $200 Business License Application).

#6 Prepare an Operating Agreement for your LLC

Although drafting an operating agreement is not an absolute requirement in Nevada, creating one for your LLC is still a great idea. The document includes a reliable long-term foundation plan for your LLC and provides a day-to-day insight for how you intend on running the business. 

Generally, you can include the following information in your LLC Operating Agreement:

  1. Organization: Outline how the LLC is formed, its name, and its purpose.

  2. Membership: Define who the members/owners are and their ownership percentages.

  3. Management: Explain how the LLC will be managed – member-managed or manager-managed.

  4. Roles and Responsibilities: Detail the duties and powers of members/owners, employees, and managers.

  5. Capital Contributions: Describe how much each member invests and the ownership structure.

  6. Profit and Loss Allocation: Specify how profits and losses are divided among the members/owners.

  7. Meetings and Voting: Outline procedures for decision-making and member meetings.

  8. Transfer of Ownership: State rules for transferring ownership interests.

  9. Dissolution: Describe the process if the LLC closes down or is dissolved.

  10. Dispute Resolution: Include mechanisms to resolve disputes among members.

  11. Amendments: Explain how the agreement can be changed in the future.

  12. Governing Law: Specify which state’s laws govern the agreement.

Before moving forward, we’d like to remind you that it’s imperative to create an operating agreement. Why? Because in case of a future lawsuit, the court will base its judgment on the basis of state law, which may or may not align with what’s best for your LLC.

#7 Submit your annual list(statement of information/ periodic report)

In Nevada, all LLCs are required to file an annual list with the Secretary of State. Filing this document keeps your member/owner information updated with the state. Similarly, it also serves as a state business license renewal.

You have the option to submit your annual list online or in the form of a hard copy by the end of your LLC’s original formation month. The filing charges are $150 and $250 for the annual list the business license application respectively.

Final Word

Once your LLC is registered it just isn’t time to sit pretty yet, you’re finally authorized to complete the following tasks,

  • Opening a business bank account for your LLC

  • Applying for a business credit card.

  • Purchasing insurance for your business.

  • Protecting your name and logo with a trademark.

Also, if you plan on hiring employees for your Nevada LLC, you need to stay compliant with the laws and focus on doing the following,

  1. Obtain your EIN (Employee Identification Number).

  2. Ask your employees to fill out the Employee Eligibility Form

  3. Set up a process for the collection and payment of taxes.

  4. Make sure you have workers’ compensation insurance

  5. Report the state about new hires within 20 days of hiring them.

  6. Pay unemployment taxes.

Lastly, always make sure that your LLC is legally compliant and in “active” status on the State website. 

And, that’s a wrap! That was all you needed to know before finally forming that LLC in the Silver State.

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Frequently Asked Questions​

An LLC (Limited Liability Company) is a business structure that offers liability protection for its owners. Forming an LLC in Nevada can help safeguard your personal assets while enjoying flexibility in management and taxation.

To form an LLC in Nevada, follow these general steps: 

  1. Choose a name that complies with Nevada’s naming requirements. 
  2. Appoint a registered agent with an Nevada street address. 
  3. File Articles of Organization with the Nevada Secretary of State and pay the required fee. 
  4. Create an Operating Agreement to outline the LLC’s management structure. 
  5. Obtain any necessary business licenses and permits.

Yes, Nevada LLCs must file an annual report with the Secretary of State and pay a fee. This report updates company details and ensures your LLC remains in good standing.

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