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Nevada Secretary of State Business Search and Registering Your LLC Name

We’re here to help you find the right business name for your Nevada LLC. From searching for a business entity with the NV Secretary of State to understanding naming rules or creating a “Doing Business As” name to register your entity, you’re in the right place.

Nevada Business Entity Search

You need to check whether there’s already another Nevada LLC registered with your desired business name. That means searching the Nevada Secretary of State website using their business search tool. You can easily look up NV entities, LLCs and corporations by name and other details.

If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.

Nevada Secretary of State Business Name Search Tool

Nevada Naming Rules Before You Register Your LLC Business

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Nevada Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below, as well as naming rules specific to LLC businesses formed in NV.

Standard LLC Naming Rules

These rules typically apply to all LLCs, no matter what state they are formed in. You will need to pay attention to these rules, as they will influence the name you choose for your Nevada LLC.

Specific LLC Naming Rules for Nevada

In addition to the general rules listed above, the Nevada Secretary of State has some specific business naming rules for your LLC. You will need to follow these rules if you want to name your NV business appropriately:

  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions: Bank, Banc, Banque, Savings & Loan, Banker, Bancard, Banq, Thrift, Banking, Banco, Bancor, Trustee, Interbanking, Bancorp,
  • Credit Union, Debt Collection, Collection Agency, Trust
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the Commissioner of Mortgage Lending: Financial, Mortgage, Mortgage Banking
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the Commissioner of Insurance: Adjuster, Indemnity, Reinsurance, Underwriter, Annuity, Insurance, Risk Retention Group, Underwriting, Casualty, Life & Accident, Surety, Bail, Bail Bonds, Fugitive Recovery, Bail Bondsman/men, Bounty Hunter, "bale"
  • The following words may not be used in the name of any entity without prior approval of the State Board of Engineers: Engineer, Professional Engineer, Engineered, Licensed Engineer, Engineering
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the Real Estate Division: Realtor
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the Ombudsman: Common-interest Community, Community Association, Hoa, Home Owners Association, Master Association, Unit-owners Association, Property OwneRS
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the Nevada State Board of Accountancy: Accountant, Accountancy, Accounting, Auditor, Auditing, Certified Public Accountant, CPA
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval: College, University, Higher Education
  • The following words may not be used in the name or purpose of any entity without prior approval of the State Board of Architecture: Architect, Architectural, Architecture, Licensed Architect, Registered Architect, Licensed Residential Designer, Residential Design, Residential Designer, Registered Interior Design, Registered Interior Designer, Registered Residential Designer
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Nevada LLC Fictitious Firm and “Doing Business As” (DBA) Names

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Nevada, doing business under a different name is known as a “Fictitious Firm Name” or “Doing Business As Name.”

You might choose to use a different name from your NV formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Nevada Strip Entertainment Holdings LLC, and you have a chain called “Acrobatic Delights.” You should file a DBA name to let the Nevada Secretary of State know. You can have Incfile do this on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.

Incfile's Assumed Business Name Service

Register Your Nevada LLC Business Name

Once you’ve searched for your Nevada business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a Fictitious Name, you can register your NV LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this:

  • 1

    If you don’t want to form your Nevada LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Nevada Secretary of State. You will need to complete a “Name Reservation Request” and file it with the NV SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.


    ​Nevada SOS LLC Name Reservation Form

  • 2

    If you’re ready to start your Nevada LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Nevada SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.

FAQs on Naming Your Nevada LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Useful Resources for Naming Your Nevada LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Nevada LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.

Incfile Trademark Search and Registration Service

Find the Perfect Name for Your Nevada LLC

The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:

  • Appeal to your customers
  • Be memorable enough to stand out
  • Best represent your product or services
  • Not be used by another business
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