Starting a Nevada LLC, step-by-step
Starting a Nevada LLC costs $425. And it takes 1 day to get an LLC in Nevada.
Here are the 5 steps to forming an LLC in Nevada:
- Choose an LLC Name
- Select a Registered Agent
- File Articles of Organization, Initial List, and Business License
- Create an Operating Agreement
- Get an EIN
If you want to form your LLC yourself, follow our free guide below.
If you want someone to take care of it for you, we recommend hiring Northwest Registered Agent
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How much does it cost to start an LLC in Nevada?
It costs $425 to start an LLC in Nevada.
And then it costs $350 per year.
What are these fees for?
- The $425 is the filing fee for the three documents required to start a Nevada LLC.
- $75 is to file the LLC Articles of Organization – the document that creates an LLC.
- $150 is to file the Initial List of Managers or Managing Members.
- $200 is to file a State Business License application.
- The $350 per year is for your Annual List & Business License Renewal – a mandatory filing that keeps your LLC in good standing.
To learn more about LLC Costs, see LLC Costs in Nevada.
How long does it take to get an LLC in Nevada?
If you file your LLC by mail, it will be approved in 3-4 weeks (plus mail time).
But if you file online, your LLC will be approved in 1 business day.
Please see How long does it take to get an LLC in Nevada to check for any delays.
Here are the steps to forming an LLC in Nevada
1. Search your LLC Name
Search your Nevada LLC Name to make sure it’s available in the state.
You need to do this because two businesses in the state can’t have the same name.
First, search your business name and compare it to existing businesses in Nevada. You can make sure the LLC Name you want is unique from existing businesses using the SilverFlume: Nevada Business Search.
Second, familiarize yourself with the naming rules in Nevada (so your Nevada LLC gets approved).
We’ll explain both in more detail here: Nevada LLC Name.
2. Choose a Nevada Registered Agent
The next step is to choose a Nevada Registered Agent.
A Nevada Registered Agent is a person or company who accepts legal mail and state notices on behalf of your Nevada Limited Liability Company.
Who can be an LLC Registered Agent?
You have 3 options for who can be the Registered Agent:
- A friend or family member
- A Registered Agent Service
The Registered Agent for your LLC must have a physical street address in Nevada. PO Boxes aren’t allowed.
And the Registered Agent’s name and address will be listed on public records.
If you don’t have an address in Nevada, or you want more privacy, you can hire a Registered Agent Service for your LLC.
We recommend Northwest Registered Agent
Our favorite feature about Northwest is they’ll let you use their office address throughout your LLC filing. This way, you can keep your address off public records.
They’ll also scan any mail sent to your LLC and upload it to your online account.
Northwest has excellent customer service, and they’re who we trust to be our own Registered Agent.
3. File Nevada LLC Articles of Organization, Initial List, and State Business License
To start an LLC in most states, you just have to file the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.
However, in Nevada you actually have to file 3 documents in order to form an LLC:
- Articles of Organization
- Initial List of Managers or Managing Members (aka “Initial List”)
- State Business License
The Articles of Organization is the form that officially creates your LLC in Nevada, and the other 2 forms are additional (and mandatory) requirements for Nevada LLCs.
These forms get filed with the Nevada Secretary of State, Commercial Recordings Division.
The Nevada Articles of Organization costs $425 total if you file online. This is a one-time fee to create your LLC.Here is the cost breakdown by item:
- $75 – Articles of Organization
- $150 – Initial List of Managers or Managing Members
- $200 – State Business License Application
If you want to file these yourself, see our step-by-step guide: Nevada Articles of Organization.
We recommend the online filing because it includes your Initial List and Business License application.
Or, you can hire a company to do it for you.
4. Create a Nevada LLC Operating Agreement
A Nevada LLC Operating Agreement serves as a “companion” document to the Articles of Organization.
Your LLC’s Articles of Organization creates your LLC, and the Operating Agreement shows who owns the LLC.
Additionally, some banks require an Operating Agreement when you open an LLC bank account.
And having an Operating Agreement will be very helpful if you ever end up in court. Reason being, it helps prove that your LLC is being run properly.
That’s why we recommend that all LLCs have an Operating Agreement – including Single-Member LLCs.
Furthermore, an Operating Agreement is an “internal document“. Meaning, you don’t need to file it with any government agency (like the or the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). Just keep a copy with your business records.
You can download a free template below.
Then, learn how to fill it out by watching our step-by-step Nevada Operating Agreement video.
5. Get an EIN for your LLC
The next step is to get a Nevada EIN Number from the IRS for your LLC.
Note: An EIN Number is also called a Federal Tax ID Number or Federal Employer Identification Number.
An EIN Number is used to:
- identify your LLC for tax purposes
- open a business bank account
- apply for business licenses and permits
How much does an EIN cost?
Getting an EIN Number from the IRS is completely free.
How long does it take to get an EIN?
If you apply online, it takes 15 minutes to get an EIN from the IRS website.
If you apply by mail or fax, it can take 1-3 months.
How can I get an EIN?
US Citizens/US Residents: If you have an SSN or ITIN, you can apply for an EIN online. Follow these instructions: Apply for an EIN online.
Non-US Residents: You can’t get an EIN online, but you can still get one by fax or by mail. Follow these instructions: How to get an EIN without an SSN or ITIN.
What do I do after my LLC is approved?
After your Nevada LLC is approved, there are some additional steps.
Open an LLC business bank account
You’ll want to open a business bank account for your LLC.
This makes accounting and record-keeping much easier for your business finances.
Having a separate business bank account also maintains your personal liability protection. This is because it keeps your business entity finances separate from your personal finances.
Get Nevada business licenses and permits
Good news, Nevada doesn’t have a state general business license.
However, depending on where your LLC is located, you may need a local business license or permit.
For example, if you want to start a daycare, you may need a business license from the city or county.
You can learn more on our Nevada Business License page.
File your Nevada LLC Annual List & State Business License Renewal
All Nevada LLCs must file an Annual List & State Business License Renewal every year.
The Annual List & Business License Renewal are filed online as the same document. And they must be filed each year to keep your LLC in good standing with the state.
Note: The term “Annual List” is short for the “Annual List of Managers or Managing Members”.
How much does a Nevada LLC Annual List & State Business License Renewal cost?
The Annual List of Managers or Managing Members costs $150 per year.
And the Nevada State Business License Renewal costs $200 per year.
When is the Annual List & Business License Renewal due?
Your LLC’s Annual List & Business License Renewal filing is due by April 30th, every year.
When is my first Annual List & Business License Renewal due?
Your first Annual List & Business License Renewal form is due the year after your LLC was approved.
For example, if your LLC was approved on February 15, 2024, your first Annual List & Business License Renewal is due by April 30, 2025.
How do I file my LLC Annual List & Business License Renewal?
You can file your LLC’s Annual List & Business License Renewal online or by mail. We recommend the online filing because it’s easier to complete.
Follow our step-by-step guide here: Nevada LLC Annual Fees.
File and pay taxes
LLCs don’t pay federal income tax. Instead, the LLC Members pay the taxes for the LLC.
Said another way, each business owner pays taxes for the LLC as a part of their personal tax return.
How will my LLC be taxed?
By default, a Nevada LLC is taxed by the IRS based on the number of owners your LLC has:
- A Single-Member LLC is taxed like a Sole Proprietorship.
- A Multi-Member LLC is taxed like a Partnership.
Alternatively, you can ask the IRS to tax your LLC like a C-Corporation or S-Corporation.
Married Couples: Instead of having your LLC taxed as a Partnership, married couples can elect to be taxed as a Single-Member LLC (aka Qualified Joint Venture). This is allowed in Nevada because Nevada is a community property state.
Besides federal taxes, there are also state and local income taxes – and sales tax. Learn more in Nevada LLC Taxes.
How to Start an LLC in Nevada FAQs
Can I start an LLC online in Nevada?
Yes, you can file your LLC online in Nevada. The Articles of Organization filing fee is $425.
When you start your LLC online, it will be approved 1 business day.
What are the benefits of an LLC?
The first benefit of an LLC is protecting your personal assets. Meaning, if your business is sued, your personal assets – like your home, cars, and bank accounts – are protected.
This protection applies to all LLC owners (called LLC Members). It doesn’t matter if you have a Single-Member LLC or Multi-Member LLC. All of the LLC owners are protected from the business debts and liabilities.
This type of protection wouldn’t apply if you operate as a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership. With these types of informal business structures, the owners aren’t protected in the event of a lawsuit. For that reason, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a much more popular business structure.
Another benefit is LLC pass-through taxation. This means the LLC itself doesn’t pay federal income taxes. Instead, the profits “pass through” to the LLC Members. And the Members pay the taxes on their personal tax return.
To learn more, please see How are LLCs taxed.
Is Nevada a good state to start an LLC?
Whether Nevada is a good state to start an LLC depends on where you live – and where you’re doing business.
Meaning, if you live in or do business in Nevada, then you should start your LLC in Nevada. While many websites talk about tax rates and advantages of certain states, none of that applies if it’s not the state where you live and do business.
For example, if you form an LLC in Delaware, but live in and conduct business in Nevada, you’ll also need to register your Delaware LLC in Nevada (and pay extra fees). And you’ll end up paying Nevada taxes anyway. This ends up leading to more costs and more headaches with no advantages.
In summary, if you live in and conduct business in Nevada, then yes, Nevada is a good state to start a business. If you don’t live in and do business in Nevada, then no, Nevada isn’t a good state to start a business.
Real estate exception: If you’re purchasing real estate outside of Nevada, you should form your LLC in the state where the property is located.
What is the difference between a Domestic LLC, a Foreign LLC, and a PLLC?
The main differences between Domestic LLCs, Foreign LLCs, and Professional LLCs are where they are formed and their business purpose.
A Domestic Limited Liability Company is an LLC that is formed in its “home state”, meaning, where the business owner lives and does business.
For example, if you live in and do business in Georgia, you would form your Domestic LLC in Georgia.
A Foreign Limited Liability Company is an LLC that is formed in a state that isn’t its home state. In this case, the term “foreign” simply means that the LLC is foreign to its “home state”.
For example, if you live in and do business in Nevada, you would form your Domestic LLC in Nevada. If you later expand into California, you would register your existing Nevada LLC as a Foreign LLC in California.
Said another way, LLCs are created at the state-level.
So if you want your LLC to do business in two separate states, you have to form or register an LLC in both states.
This works by forming a Domestic LLC in your home state, and a Foreign LLC in the other state.
What is a Nevada PLLC?
A Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC) is a type of LLC formed for the purpose of providing “professional services”.
In this case, “professional” refers to business types that require special permissions (like a license, registration, or certification from the state) in order to do business legally.
For example, architects, attorneys, and social work counselors, doctors, and veterinarians often form their business practices as PLLCs.
You can read more about PLLCs, their availability, and their stricter requirements in: What’s a Professional LLC?
And for more information on Foreign and Domestic LLCs, please see:
Nevada State Agencies
Nevada Secretary of State
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Nevada Department of Taxation
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