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How to Start an LLC in Nevada
To start an LLC in Nevada, you’ll need to do three things: appoint a registered agent, choose a name for your business, and file Articles of Organization and supporting documents with the Nevada Secretary of State. You can file the documents online or by mail. The Articles of Organization cost $75 to file, but with the mandatory license and initial report, the combined total is $425. Once filed with the state, the articles formally create your Nevada LLC.
According to NV Rev Stat § 86.231 (2019), every Nevada LLC must appoint a registered agent. You don’t need to hire a registered agent, but if you do, make sure your registered agent will list their address on your articles wherever possible to ensure maximum privacy.
If you’re starting a new business, you probably already know what you want to name your LLC. But you’ll need to know if your preferred name is available. To find out, visit https://esos.nv.gov/EntitySearch/OnlineEntitySearch and search until you find the perfect name for your LLC.
Once you know who your registered agent will be and what your LLC name is, you’re ready to file your Nevada Articles of Organization. Follow along with our filing instructions below:
Filing the Nevada LLC Articles of Organization
Learn more about each Articles of Organization requirement below. Note that the information you provide becomes part of the public record—permanently.
Or skip the form entirely and hire us to form your Nevada LLC. We provide a free business address to list whenever possible throughout the filing to better keep your personal address private.
1. Company Name
Your name must include “Limited-Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or an abbreviation. Most companies keep it short and sweet with “LLC.”
2. Foreign Entity Name
Forming a new LLC? Skip this section. This section is for LLCs originally formed in another state.
3. Jurisdiction of Formation
This should also be left blank if your LLC is not originally formed in another state.
4. Registered Agent
You can choose either a noncommercial or a commercial Nevada registered agent. For a noncommercial agent (such as yourself), you’ll have to include a Nevada street address, which becomes a part of the permanent public record of the LLC. Prefer not to list your home or office address? Hire a commercial agent like Northwest Registered Agent and our name and address will go here.
4(a). Certificate of Acceptance of Appointment of Registered Agent
Your registered agent is required to sign, here. If they are unable to do so, you must submit a separate Registered Agent Acceptance/Statement of Change.
Indicate whether the LLC will be managed by members or managers. Most LLCs are managed by members, meaning the members are in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company. In a manager-managed LLC, members take a more passive role and turn decision-making over to one or more managers.
6. Name and Address of Members or Managers
If the company is to be manager-managed, you must list the names and mailing addresses of those managers. If the company is to be member-managed, you must list the names and mailing addresses of each member. When you hire Northwest, we can list our business address for your mailing address so you can better maintain address privacy. The second part of this section, referring to “original managers and members,” is only for professional LLCs that require licenses to practice (like doctors and lawyers).
7. Dissolution Date
If you want a self-destruct timer on your LLC, you can include an end date in your Articles of Organization. Skip this section if you want your company to continue indefinitely. Tip: Most LLCs skip this section.
8. Profession to be Practiced
This should be left blank, unless you’re forming a professional LLC. In a professional LLC, practitioners require licenses to practice (like architects or psychiatrists).
9. Series and Restricted LLCs
Nevada allows you to designate here whether you intend to organize as a series LLC, which is a form of LLC that is theoretically further protected from liability among subdivisions within itself, and/or a restricted LLC, which is an LLC formed mainly to pass assets untaxed within a family. Restricted LLCs are unique to Nevada.
Most likely, neither of these options will apply to you, and you can leave this box blank.
10. Records Office
Leave blank unless your LLC was formed in a different state.
11. Street Address of Principal Office
Leave blank unless your LLC was formed in a different state.
12. Name, Address and Signature of the Organizer
“Organizer” is just a fancy title for the person who signs and submits your Articles of Organization. Unless you’re a professional LLC, your organizer doesn’t have to be anyone in your LLC. When you hire Northwest, we’ll be your organizer, and we’ll put our name and address here—and you can avoid listing unnecessary personal information on this document.
13. Initial List and State Business License Application
This list requires the names and street addresses of all the LLC’s managers (or members if no managers). The addresses can be either residences or business addresses. With Northwest as your registered agent, you can list our address here. This form also serves as the Nevada State Business License Application. You will need to provide the same information each year when submitting your Annual List.
14. Registered Agent Acceptance/Statement of Change
This form is only to be used if your registered agent is unable to sign your Articles of Formation, section 4(a).
Why Have a Registered Agent Form Your Nevada LLC?
Professionals in Nevada hire registered agent services like Northwest Registered Agent to start an LLC—but why?
Standard filing companies don’t have employees or offices in every state. But as a national registered agent, it’s a requirement for us, which is a benefit for our clients. Our office is in Reno, NV. We’re on a first name basis with the people who work in the Secretary of State Office. We know all the fastest filing methods, which translates to fast, professional service—without extra fees.
As your registered agent, we list our Reno registered office address on your LLC’s formation documents. Why? If you’re starting a business from your apartment in Las Vegas, do you really want your apartment address as your business address? (Hint: the answer is no.) We’ll list our address, so you don’t have to list yours. Plus, we never sell your data. We don’t list your personal information on filings if we don’t have to. It’s all standard and part of our commitment to Privacy by Default®.
Free Mail Forwarding and Business Address
We already accept your legal mail—so why not take it a step further? In every state, we include limited digital mail forwarding for your regular mail too (5 pieces of regular mail a year; $15 a doc after that). Plus, you can list our address as your business address. That means you can have all business mail routed through our office. With both mail forwarding and a business address included, you get a level of security unmatched in the formation industry.
We know the in’s and out’s of each state—and we use this knowledge to help you when you need it most. Our team of Corporate Guides® has over 200 local business experts. You can call or email us for answers to all your questions about your LLC in Nevada. Our Corporate Guides are dedicated solely to helping you with your business—not selling you services or meeting quotas.
What Do I Do After My Nevada LLC Is Formed?
After your Nevada Articles of Organization are approved, you still have a few more important steps to take, including getting an EIN, drafting an operating agreement, opening a bank account, funding the LLC and learning about state reporting and tax requirements.
Get an EIN
An EIN (“Employer Identification Number”) is a federal tax ID assigned to your business by the IRS. The IRS uses your EIN to easily identify your business on tax filings.
Does a Nevada LLC need an EIN?
If your Nevada LLC has employees or files certain federal excise taxes (like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns), you’ll need a federal tax ID. Want to open a business bank account? Your bank will ask to see your EIN. Want to establish credit with a vendor? They’ll almost certainly request your EIN. Just to file many local tax forms, you’ll need your EIN. In some of these cases, you can use your personal social security number instead, but who wants to risk that? Especially when an EIN is free from the IRS.
How do I get an EIN for my LLC?
You can apply for an EIN directly from the IRS at no cost. Most businesses are able to apply online, but if you don’t have a social security number, you’ll need to apply with a paper form. Want one less thing to do? Add on EIN service when you hire us, and we’ll get your EIN for you. Or choose our VIP service—an EIN is included.
Write an LLC Operating Agreement
Operating agreements put into writing how your business actually operates—how much each member invested, how profits and losses will be allocated, how voting works, and what happens if there’s a dispute or if the whole business (knock on wood) falls apart.
Do I need an operating agreement for a Nevada LLC?
Nevada doesn’t legally require an operating agreement. According to NV Rev Stat § 86.286 (2019), members MAY adopt an operating agreement—but the law doesn’t declare that they must.
But if it’s important, you should put it in writing—and what’s more important than how your business operates? Sure, the state won’t come after you if you don’t have one, but your operating agreement is the most critical internal document of your Nevada LLC.
What should be in an operating agreement?
An operating agreement should explain how the business will handle “big picture” situations—everything from allocating profits and losses to dissolving the business. Below is a list of common topics that operating agreements should cover.
Profits, losses, and distributions
Voting rights, decision-making powers, and management
Transfer of membership interest
Dissolving the business
Your operating agreement can cover pretty much anything as long as it isn’t contrary to Nevada law. Guidance regarding subjects allowed in the operating agreement are listed in the Nevada statute §86.286(2019), which forbids actions such as eliminating obligations of good faith and fair dealing.
How do I write an operating agreement?
To write an operating agreement, you need to address how your business will handle money, members, votes, management, and more. Not sure how to get started? At Northwest, we’re here to help your LLC get off on the right foot. When you hire us, we provide your business with a free LLC operating agreement, specific to your management style. We’ve spent years developing these agreements and other free LLC forms—which have been used by over a million LLCs.
Open an LLC Bank Account
Your LLC needs its own bank account. Why? An LLC gets its limited liability from being a distinct entity, separate from its members. If you mix personal and business finances, you could lose your liability protections.
How do I open a bank account for my Nevada LLC?
To open a bank account for your Nevada LLC, you will need to bring the following with you to the bank:
A copy of the Nevada LLC Articles of Organization
The LLC operating agreement
The LLC’s EIN
If there are multiple members in the LLC, you may also want to bring an LLC resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the members to open the account in the name of the LLC. Northwest can help with this as well—LLC bank resolutions are one of the many free legal forms we provide to ensure you can get your LLC started fast.
Fund the LLC
Time to put some money in that new LLC bank account. What money? For starters, your initial contributions to your LLC’s capital. LLC members are owners, and each owner needs to pay for their membership interest to fund the LLC.
What is membership interest?
Membership interest is your percentage of ownership of the LLC. Membership interest is normally proportionate to your investment. So how does this work?
Imagine your LLC has 5 members. 4 members each invest $1,000 in the business. One member invests $6,000. The total contribution of all members is $10,000. The 4 members each own 10% of the business. The moneybags member who shelled out $6,000 owns 60% of the business.
Typically, this also means that the 4 members would each get 10% of any profits, and moneybags would get 60%. Exactly how profits and losses are allocated, however, can be adjusted in the operating agreement as long as changes are in line with IRS requirements and Nevada laws.
File Nevada Reports & Taxes
Nevada LLCs are required to file an Annual List each year that confirms or updates member or manager information and renews their state business license. Nevada LLCs are also subject to state tax filing requirements.
How much is the Nevada Annual List and Business License Renewal fee?
$350 total. The fee for the Nevada LLC Annual List is $150. You’ll also be required to renew your Nevada State Business License each year at $200.
When is the Nevada Annual Report List due?
Your Nevada Annual List and Business License Renewal is due on the last day of the month your Articles of Organization were filed. So, say you formed your business on April 17th. You’ll need to file your report by April 30th.each year.
When you sign up for Northwest, we send you reminders for your annual report due dates. Want one less thing to worry about? With our business renewal service, we can complete and submit your annual report for you for $100 plus the state fees.
What should I know about Nevada LLC taxes?
Nevada is one of the few states with no personal net income tax AND no corporate net income tax—yay! Before you jump for joy though, note that Nevada isn’t devoid of business taxes altogether. For example, if your LLC has employees, you must file a return for Nevada’s Modified Business Tax (MBT). The MBT is a 1.475% quarterly tax on wages (which kicks in after the first $50K of gross wages each quarter). Also, all LLCs with more than $4 million in gross revenue must pay a Commerce Tax that varies by industry.
And of course, there are sales taxes. The state sales tax in Nevada is 4.6%. However, Nevada counties can tack on their own sales taxes as well, bringing the average total sales tax to 7.763%. There’s a variety of specific products and services (mostly aimed at all the Las Vegas tourists) that have specialty tax rates as well. For example, room occupancy taxes for hotels on the Strip can hit 13%.
Property taxes are worth a note as well. Nevada sees a ton of property investment each year and not just in Las Vegas. Considering investing in property? While property taxes in places like Clark County are high, Nevada property taxes in general are relatively low, averaging 0.84%. If you decide to invest in Nevada property, your attorney will likely advise creating an LLC to protect your personal assets. At Northwest, we can form your Nevada LLC for as low as $650 total. Or, pay just $92 out-the-door with our VIP monthly payment option.
Do LLCs have to register with the Nevada Department Of Taxation?
If your LLC sells goods to customers in Nevada, you will need to pay sales tax and therefore, will need to register with the Nevada Department of Taxation.
Nevada LLC FAQs
How can I submit the Nevada LLC Articles of Organization?
You can file Nevada articles online or by mail. Mailed filings must be submitted to the following address:
Secretary of State
202 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4201
How much does it cost to start a Nevada LLC?
It costs $425 to form a Nevada LLC. That’s the combined total of three separate, mandatory filings: Articles of Organization ($75), Initial List of Managers or Members ($150) and a State Business License Application ($200).
Hire Northwest for a one-time fee of $650, including state filing fees, a year of registered agent service, limited mail forwarding and loads of useful forms and tools to help get your Nevada LLC up and running. Or, pay just $92 out-the-door with our VIP monthly payment option.
How long does it take to start a Nevada LLC?
Online filing in Nevada takes about one day.
Does a Nevada LLC need a business license?
Yes. All LLCs in Nevada must carry a Nevada State Business License, a cost of $200 each year.
Need an EIN or a certified copy of your formation docs for your license applications? Northwest can help. You can easily add on these items to your LLC formation order.
Can a Nevada LLC help me live more privately?
Yes. Nevada in particular is one of the key states known for LLC privacy protections, allowing for nominee services and more. Even without extra efforts, you can avoid listing your home or office address by hiring us and listing our business address throughout your public filings. Check out our page on living privately with an LLC to learn more.
What is a foreign Nevada LLC?
A foreign Nevada LLC is any LLC formed outside of Nevada but registered to do business in the state. For example, if you formed an LLC in California but wanted to conduct business in Nevada as well, you would register as a foreign LLC in Nevada by filing an Registration of Foreign Limited-Liability Company for with the Nevada Secretary of State. Like domestic LLCs, foreign LLCs in the state have to file annual Nevada annual reports. Northwest can register your foreign Nevada LLC for you today!
What is a Nevada Restricted LLC?
Most similar to the more typical “family LLC,” a Nevada Restricted LLC is unique to Nevada. This form of limited liability company is used for estate planning purposes to transfer assets between family members without being taxed. A restricted LLC is easy to form—and potentially highly powerful for estate protection purposes—but is also complex. For example, the restricted LLC forbids any distributions for ten years, which is part of what creates the tax advantages behind it. If you are considering a Restricted LLC, we advise you seek the advice of an estate planner first, then let us help you set it up.
How to Order LLC Formation Service
Our Nevada LLC formation service is designed to be fast and easy—signing up takes just a couple minutes. Here’s how it works:
With Northwest, we give you flexibility on how to pay. You can pay all the fees up front (this includes one full year of registered agent service). Or, pay just $92 out-the-door with our VIP monthly payment option. With our VIP option, we also include an EIN. Just choose one of the buttons below, answer a few easy questions about your business and submit your payment.
We’ll prepare your Nevada Articles of Organization and send them to the Secretary of State for approval. In the meantime, you’ll have immediate access to your online account, where you can find useful state forms, pre-populated with your business information.
Once the Nevada Secretary of State has approved your filing, we notify you that your Nevada LLC has been legally formed. You can now take any necessary next steps, like getting an EIN and opening a bank account.