Filing the Articles of Organization is Simple!
Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms
You can download and mail in your Nevada Articles of Organization, or you can file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.
OPTION 1: Create an account on Nevada’s SilverFlume Business Portal. Select “Click Here to Get Started,” then select “Register My Business.” From the “Start a Nevada Business (Corporation, LLC, etc.)” dropdown, select “Domestic Limited-Liability Company (NRS 86).”
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OPTION 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Nevada Secretary of State website. This form will need to be submitted to the Nevada Secretary of State.
Step 2: Fill Out the Articles of Organization
In this step, we will help you complete the Nevada Articles of Organization form. There are seven main “Articles” on the form, along with a separate sheet listing the LLC’s managers or managing members.
You will need to know the following information to complete each Article:
- Entity Name and Type
- Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
- Dissolution Date
- Governing Authority Type
- Names and Addresses of Managers or Managing Members
- Names and Addresses of Organizers
- Certificate of Acceptance of Appointment of Registered Agent
Entity Name and Type
Having a creative and smart business name is important but not as important as having a legally correct name.
When you choose a name for your business, you have to make sure the name:
- meets Nevada naming guidelines.
- is not already in use by another business in Nevada.
Follow the Nevada Naming Guidelines:
- Your name must include the words “Limited-Liability Company,” “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or “Limited” or the abbreviations “Ltd.,” “L.L.C.,” “L.C.,” “LLC” or “LC.” The word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”
- Nevada requires you to get approval to use certain words in your LLC’s name.
- You need approval from the Nevada State Board of Accounting to use the following words: accountant, accountancy, accounting, auditor, auditing, certified public accountant, and CPA.
- You need approval from the Nevada Commissioner of Financial Institutions to use the following words: bank, banc, banque, savings & loan, banker, bancard, banq, thrift, banking, banco, bancor, trustee, interbanking, bancorp, credit union, debt collection, collection agency, or trust.
- You need approval from the state Commissioner of Insurance to use the following words: adjuster, indemnity, reinsurance, underwriter, annuity, insurance, risk retention group, underwriting, casualty, life & accident, surety, bail, bail bonds, fugitive recovery, bail bondsman/men, bounty hunter, and bale.
- You need approval from the Commissioner of Mortgage lending to use the following words: financial, mortgage, mortgage banking.
- You need approval from the State Board of Professional Engineers to use the following words: engineer, engineered, engineering, professional engineer, registered engineer, and licensed engineer.
- You need approval from the State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design to use the following words: architect, architecture, registered architect, licensed architect, registered interior designer, registered interior design, residential designer, registered residential designer, licensed residential designer, and residential design.
- You need approval from the Administrator of the Real Estate Division of the Department of Business and Industry to use the words: common-interest community, community association, master association, unit-owners’ association, and homeowners’ association.
- You need approval from the Ombudsman to include the following words: common-interest community, community association, hoa, home owners association, master association, unit-owners association, and property owners.
- You also need approval to use the following words: college, university, higher education.
- Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Nevada reserved names.
Check Name Availability:
Is your name available in Nevada? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Nevada Secretary of State website.
To learn more about naming your business, including best practices and creative branding, visit our How to Name a Business in Nevada guide.
Not sure what to name your business? Check out our Business Name Generator.
Register Your Domain Name:
We recommend checking to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to make a business website today, you may want to buy the URL to prevent others from acquiring it.
Registered Agent and Registered Office
A registered agent accepts and sends legal documents on your LLC’s behalf. When you register your Nevada LLC, you are required to list your registered agent and your registered office. Your registered office cannot be a P.O. Box.
Your registered agent can be anyone 18 years or older that lives in Nevada. Your registered agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.
To learn more about choosing a Nevada registered agent, read our How to Choose a Nevada Registered Agent guide.
To learn more about what a registered agent does and how to choose one, read our What is a Registered Agent guide.
If your LLC has a planned dissolution date (meaning it is not perpetual), list that here.
You must state whether or not your LLC will be managed by managers or by its members. Then, list the name and address of each member or manager.
To learn everything you need to know about choosing your management structure, read our Management by Members or Managers guide.
Names and Addresses of Organizers
List the names and addresses of the organizers of the LLC here.
Certificate of Acceptance of Appointment of Registered Agent
If the registered agent is unable to sign the Articles of Organization, submit a separate signed Registered Agent Acceptance form. This form is also available in the Articles of Organization formation packet.
Initial List and State Business License Application
You must complete an Initial List of Managers or Members and a State Business License Application at the time of filing. This includes the following information:
- LLC name and business structure
- Names and addresses of initial managers or members
- Signature of an authorized manager, member, or another official individual
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
To register your LLC, you will need to file the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.
There are two ways to file your Articles of Organization:
- Complete the forms online.
- Submit a hard copy by mail, by fax, by email, or in person.
OPTION 1: Create or login to your account on SilverFlume. Select “Click Here to Get Started,” then select “Register My Business.” From the “Start a Nevada Business (Corporation, LLC, etc.)” dropdown, select “Domestic Limited-Liability Company (NRS 86)”, fill in the required fields, and submit.
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OPTION 2: Download the Articles of Organization PDF from the Nevada Secretary of State website and submit it by mail, by fax, by email, or in person.
State Filing Cost: $425 ($75 Articles of Organization + $150 Initial List + $200 Business License Fee)
Secretary of State
Commercial Recordings Division
202 N. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701-4201
Fax: (775) 684-5725
Expedited Filing Address:
Secretary of State – Las Vegas
North Las Vegas City Hall
2250 North Las Vegas Blvd, 4th Floor
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Turnaround Time: Same-day processing is available online, but backlogging is common.
Create an Operating Agreement
In Nevada, you aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement to officially form an LLC, but it's still a good idea to have one. You can start your operating agreement before, during, or after you file your Articles of Organization.
Your operating agreement will be kept in your LLC’s private business records; you do not file it with the state.
Use our free Operating Agreement Tool to draft a customized operating agreement for your LLC.
Get an EIN
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a social security number for your LLC. You will need an EIN if you want to hire employees or open business bank accounts.
You can get your EIN for free through the IRS website, via fax, or by mail. If you would like to learn more about EINs and how they can benefit your LLC, read our What is an EIN article.
Open a Business Bank Account
Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential to protect your business' corporate veil. When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued.
For reviews on some of our most trusted business banks, visit our Best Banks for Small Business review.
Get Licenses and Permits
When you are registering an LLC, you need to determine if your business needs any licenses or permits in order to remain compliant. On the federal level, there are a handful of business activities that require licenses and/or permits.
Find out how to obtain necessary licenses and permits for your business or have a professional service do it for you:
- Federal: Use the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guide to federal business licenses and permits.
- State: Apply for or learn more about licenses, permits, and registration with Nevada's State Business License Requirements website.
- Local: Contact your local county clerk and ask about local licenses and permits.
Brand Your Business
The strongest and most memorable businesses are built on a solid brand. When developing your brand, think about what your business stands for. Customers and clients are looking for companies that have a compelling brand, as much as they are shopping for high-quality products and services.
Creating a logo for your business is vital for increasing brand awareness. You can design your own unique logo using our Free Logo Generator. Our free tool can help you design your own unique logo for your new business idea.