How to Do a Business Name Search in Nevada

Visit the Nevada Business Search Page to see if the name is available. Click “Search” and enter your desired LLC name.

To check the availability and information on an existing business or for checking the availability of a name in the state of Nevada LLC, you can do a state search. You can usually find the information you need online at the Secretary of State.

Name of the LLC

You will need to search for names available when you are looking to start a limited liability company or LLC in Nevada. These are the steps to name your business.

  1. Follow the state naming guidelines to choose the right name.
  2. Use the name availability tool to conduct a name search. This will tell you if the desired LLC name is available in your state.
  3. Even if you have no plans to build a website, check for an available URL. You can prevent anyone else from purchasing the domain name by securing it.

Visit the Nevada Business Search Page to see if the name is available. Click “Search” and enter your desired LLC name.

If you don’t find any matching names in your search results, it is most likely that the name is available for use.

Business Entity Search

To find out more about an existing business, you might search:

  • If it is in good standing
  • If it has been legalized
  • The address
  • The registered agent’s email

There are many ways to perform an entity search. It all depends on what search criteria you use. The following are some of the options:

  • Name of the business
  • Number of business entity
  • Business ID
  • Name of the officer
  • Name of the registered agent
  • Name of the associated business

Start your search on the Business Search page. Follow these steps depending on what search criteria you are using.

Name

  1. Click “Search” and enter the name you are looking for in the search box.
  2. Check out the matching names.
  3. Scroll down until you find it.
  4. Click on the name.
  5. Check out the public business information at the bottom of the page.

By Entity Number

  1. Select the type of search you want from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click “Search” and enter the entity number.
  3. Please review the next page. Each entity has its own number so you only need results for one company.
  4. To continue, click the name.
  5. Check out the public information available, including the name and address of the registered agent for the business.

By Business ID

  1. Choose “NV Business ID” in the drop-down menu.
  2. Click “Search” and enter an ID in the search box.
  3. Check the results. They should match your ID.
  4. To continue, click the name.
  5. Take a look at the information.

By Officer Name

  1. Choose “Officer Name” from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click “Search” and enter the first and last names of an officer.
  3. Scroll down to find the name you are looking for in the list.
  4. To continue, click on the name of the business.
  5. Take a look at the information.

Registered Agent

  1. In the drop-down menu, select “Registered Agent Name”.
  2. Click “Search” and enter the name of the agent.
  3. Scroll down to find the name that you are looking for in the next page’s list of names.
  4. To continue, click the name.
  5. Check out the contact information for the registered agent.

By Associated Business Name

  1. Choose “Associated Business Name” from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click “Search” and enter the business name.
  3. You can review the entire list until you find what you are looking for.
  4. To proceed, click the name.
  5. Check out the list of related business names.

Before you submit paperwork or pay registration fees to an LLC, make sure that the company name that you want is available in your state. This is a quick and easy search. Be sure to follow all other naming guidelines to ensure that your name doesn’t sound too similar to any existing names. A business name should be distinctive and unique from other LLCs.

It’s easy to use the resources on the Secretary of States website to perform a name search in order to locate public information about existing entities.

Nevada LLC Name Search FAQ

How can I verify if an LLC is registered in Nevada?

To check if your business name appears, you can use the Nevada Business Search Tool.

Do I have to name my LLC after me?

Although there is no prohibition against naming your LLC after yourself (most experts recommend against it).

An advantage of an LLC is that you can choose a different business name, which can make your business sound more professional.

What words are prohibited in a Nevada LLC?

It is not possible to include words in business names that suggest that the company is a bank or financial institution, or that it is affiliated with a local or state government agency.

You can see a lengthy list of Nevada’s restricted words. These words include words that are related to banking or other licensed professions.

Do I need an LLC name generator?

An LLC name generator is a great tool to help you choose a name for your LLC.

What is a brand?

A brand name is a name that a company gives to a product line or product. It can be the exact same as the company name, or something else.

Do I need to include LLC in the name?

Yes. Nevada’s LLCs must use the abbreviations “Limited Liability Company” and/or L.L.C. in their legal name.

What do I need to do to renew my Nevada business name?

Nevada does not require LLCs to renew their legal names, but some counties may require you to renew your fictitious company name. Clark County, for example, requires that fictitious firm name renewals be done every five years.

Each county has its own renewal process. For forms and fees, check with the county clerk’s office.

Is it possible for my Nevada LLC to have a different business name than my Nevada LLC?

Some companies prefer to operate under a different name than their legal name. You can call this a “doing business as” (DBA) or a fictitious company name in Nevada.

Nevada has a law that LLC fictitious names must be filed with the county where the LLC is located.

Do I need a DBA for my LLC?

If your LLC plans to conduct business under another name than its legal name, a DBA is not required.

 

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