How to Get a Business License in NV
You can get a business license online, by mail, by fax, or in person by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Nevada Business Licensing
State Business License
Nevada requires businesses, with some exceptions, to have a state business license.
Some business structures like nonprofit corporations are automatically exempt from obtaining a business license. Others, such as home-based businesses that make less than two-thirds of the average annual wage, must initially submit a business license form and state their reason for exemption without paying a fee.
You can get a Nevada business license when registering your business through the state’s SilverFlume website.
Sales Tax Permit
Another state-level permit or license in Nevada is the sales tax permit, also called a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a sales tax permit if you::
- Are engaged in business in Nevada
- Intend to sell or lease goods or services that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail.
Visit the Nevada SilverFlume website to obtain a seller’s permit.
Additionally, businesses in certain professions need other specific permits. The Department of Business and Industry provides a list of professions that require additional licensing.
Local Nevada Business Licensing
In Nevada, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
Check with your local town or county government office for more information.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Nevada
Nevada Business License
You can register for a Nevada business license online, by mail, in person, or by fax. For corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), the state business license is part of the Initial List of Officers form that is included in the business registration packet.
OPTION 1: Apply Online With Nevada SilverFlume
- OR -
OPTION 2: Apply by Mail, by Fax, or in Person
Fee: $200 (does not include formation fees)
Secretary of State
Commercial Recordings Division
202 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Secretary of State
Commercial Recordings Division
North Las Vegas City Hall
2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 1st Floor (walk in)
2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Suite 400 (mailing address)
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Fax: (775) 684-5725
Nevada Sales Tax Permit
Nevada state business licenses must be renewed each year. This can be done online through the SilverFlume website or by submitting a hard copy of the Annual or Amended List and State Business License Application by mail.
You do not need to renew your Nevada sales tax permit. Check with the relevant state or local government office for renewal requirements for any other business license you may have.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
NV Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a Nevada business license?
Most businesses in Nevada need some type of license or permit, whether it be the state business license, sales tax permit, or local license.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In Nevada, this is called a sales tax permit.
How much does a Nevada business license cost?
A Nevada business license has a $200 registration fee. There is no fee for a sales tax permit. The cost of other licenses varies.
How do I get a Nevada business license?
You can get a Nevada business license and sales tax permit online through the state’s SilverFlume website or by mail. The processes for obtaining other licenses vary.
Do I have to renew my Nevada business license?
Nevada state business licenses must be renewed each year. This can be done online through the SilverFlume website or by mail. You do not need to renew your Nevada sales tax permit.
Check with the relevant state or local government office for renewal requirements for any other business license you may have.