Nevada Business Name Reservation

Nevada (NV) State ShapeIn this article, we have described step by step instructions involved to file for business name reservation in Nevada. Typically name reservation is done to protect the business name from being registered by someone, till the time business is officially formed.  The business name can be reserved for the period of 90 days and transferable.

To file for business name reservation the first step is to determine whether the business name chosen is unique or not. Also, there are certain naming requirements that must be kept in mind while choosing the name.

Nevada Business Name Requirement

Nevada Secretary of State has mandated certain requirements which you must keep in mind while selecting a business name.

The business name must be unique and distinguishable from any existing business entity name registered with the state. Also any difference in grammar, similarly sounding business name, or using stop words does not make the business name unique and it will lead to the name being rejected.

For example following names are not distinguishable:

  • Justin Plumber LLC vs The Justin Plumber LLC
  • Mango Farm LLC vs Mango Farms LLC
  • Jake & Mary Corporation vs Jake and Mary Corporation

Required suffix in the business name:

  • For Corporations:
    Must contain the word “Incorporated”, “Limited”, “Company”, “Corporation” or any similar abbreviation.
  • For LLC:
    Must contain the words “Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Company”, “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, “LC”, “Limited”, “Ltd.”, “Company”, “Co.”, “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or similar abbreviation.

Prohibited words:
Certain words such as bank, insurance,  trust etc cannot be included in the name without prior approval from the concerned authorities.

Checking the Availability of a Business Name

One can check the availability of the business name using the online tool provided by the SOS. You can use this tool to find and research name for your business. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Nevada.

How to Reserve Business Name in Nevada

Business name reservation can be done either by mail or online.

Online:

  • Create an account with Silverfume – Nevada’s business portalLink.
  • On the next page, select the option – ‘Reserve Business Name‘.
  • Enter the name you have selected in the text field and click on ‘Next‘ button.
  • If the name is unique, you would be given the option to reserve the business name on the next page. If the name is not unique, select any another name and retry.
  • Finally, pay the name reservation fee $25.

By Mail

Download FormLink
Fees$25
AddressSecretary of State
202 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4201
Processing TimeAround 2 weeks after the receipt
  1. Download the name reservation form (Link above).
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order or check of the required amount. Check/money order must be drawn in name of “Nevada Secretary of State“.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    Secretary of State
    202 North Carson Street
    Carson City, Nevada 89701-4201

Nevada Secretary of State Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (603)-271-3246 during business hours.


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Last fact-checked on 15/08/2018

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