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How to Get a DBA Name in Nevada


If you’re hoping to use a name for your company other than the name registered with the Nevada Secretary of State, you’ll probably need a DBA name.

What is a DBA name in Nevada?

A DBA (doing business as) name, is an official name you can use for your company instead of your legal name. Registering a DBA name doesn’t actually create a new business entity. Instead, a DBA is like a pseudonym for an already existing business. In some states, a DBA name is called an “assumed name” or “trade name”—in Nevada, it’s known as a “fictitious name.”

For more information about DBA names, see Northwest’s page: How to Get a DBA (Doing Business As) Name For Your Business.

Why would I need a DBA name in Nevada?

A Nevada DBA name can be helpful for separation, whether it’s separating your own name from your business, or separating-out different parts of your business. For example:

  • Sole proprietors – Sole proprietors use their personal name when filing documents on behalf of their business, but they may not want to use their personal name when doing business (i.e. advertising or promoting products or services). A DBA can act as that public-facing name.
  • Branding – Some companies with different products or services may want to differentiate aspects of their business. For example, if you own an auto repair shop (let’s call it Trucks & Autos LLC), then you start a side business decorating wedding cakes, you can get a DBA name for your side business that has nothing to do with cars.

How do I get a DBA name in Nevada?

To get a DBA name in Nevada, you’ll have to complete a Certificate of Business: Fictitious Firm Name (FFN). Nevada doesn’t offer an online filing option for FFNs, so you’ll have to complete the form by hand. You’ll also have to make sure the form is notarized, or signed in front of a NV deputy clerk.

Where do I submit my FFN application in NV?

You’ll have to submit an FFN application to the clerk’s office in each county you conduct business. The cost is $25 per filing. Contact information for each county in Nevada can be found on this page: County Clerk Information for Filing a FFN.

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