How to File a DBA in Nevada

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Filing a Nevada DBA (doing business as), also known as a fictitious firm name, is a simple process that you complete with every county where you do business.

To learn more about why you may need a DBA, read our What is a DBA article.

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Use our free guide below to file for a DBA in Nevada:

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How to Set up a DBA in Nevada

Step 1: Start With a Nevada DBA Name Search

The first step to getting a Nevada DBA is choosing the name and making sure it’s available. Your name can be similar to other business names, but it’s still a good practice to create a unique name.

TIP: Our business name generator tool is a great resource for entrepreneurs who are still working to create the perfect business name or website address.

Before you file your DBA, you will be required to search your county’s records to make sure your exact name isn’t already taken. You can search the state’s online database of business names. You will also need to consider any naming rules.

In Nevada, your fictitious firm name should not include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp., etc unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, etc.

You can read additional Nevada business name restrictions here.

Next, a quick search on the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System will tell you whether someone else has already trademarked your name.

Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA as well.

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Step 2: Register Your Nevada DBA with the County Clerk

We will give you step-by-step directions to get a Clark County DBA. If you need to file in a different county, you’ll need to contact the correct county clerk for instructions.

These links will lead you to the fictitious business name websites for some of the more populated counties:

You can find the complete list of county contact information here.

A DBA does not offer any protection for your personal assets in the event that your business is sued. For more information on setting up a limited liability company, visit our How to Form an LLC page and select your state.

How to File a Clark County DBA

At this point, you should’ve already chosen a name for your business and completed the name searches in Step 1 above. Clark County requires that you also check their fictitious name records before you start the DBA filing process.

Forms

Fictitious Firm Name forms must be notarized OR signed in person in front of a deputy clerk.

Submit Your Fictitious Firm Name Registration

Walk-In

You can find a list of Clark County offices here.

Mail

County Clerk
Box 551604
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1604

Fees

  • $20 filing fee
  • $6 Certification
  • $0.50 copies

Manage Your Clark County DBA

DBA Questions

Call (702) 455-0000 for general questions about Clark County fictitious business names.

Renew Your DBA

You are required to renew your Clark County DBA every 5 years. The renewal fee is $20.

Change Your DBA

To change the name of your Clark County DBA, you will have to file a new registration. To change the address, you can fill out this address change form. There is no fee for this form.

Withdraw Your DBA

You can terminate your Clark County fictitious name by filling out this termination form. The fee is $15.

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DBA Nevada FAQ

Can I file a Nevada DBA online?

You will need to contact the county of your principal place of business to find out if online filing is available. You can find the complete list of county contact information here.

How do I withdraw my Nevada DBA?

You will need to contact your local county office to determine the process for withdrawing your DBA. You can find the complete list of county contact information here.

In Clark County, you can terminate your fictitious name by filling out this termination form. The fee is $15.

How do I change my DBA in Nevada?

You will need to contact your local county office to determine the process for changing your DBA. You can find the complete list of county contact information here.

To change the name of your Clark County DBA, you will have to file a new registration. To change the address, you can fill out this address change form. There is no fee for this form.

How often should I renew my Nevada DBA?

You are required to renew your Nevada DBA every 5 years.

When is a DBA required in Nevada?

A DBA is required whenever a business is operating under a name other than its legal name.

How do I transfer my DBA in Nevada?

You will need to contact your local county office to determine the process for changing your DBA. You can find the complete list of county contact information here.

How many DBAs can I have?

You can have as many DBAs as you can afford to create and are able to keep track of. However, more isn’t necessarily better. Each one will come with additional incremental expense and paperwork, so you will want to make sure you have a good reason for each one you have.

Can a DBA get an EIN or Tax ID?

DBAs aren’t required to have a separate EIN because DBAs aren’t a business entity. The business entity that the DBA is under would have an EIN if an EIN is required.

To learn more about EINs and when you would need one for your business, read What is an EIN from our friends at TRUiC.

Can a DBA become an LLC?

Your DBA is just a name. A DBA is often confused with a sole proprietorship. If you mean “can my sole proprietorship become an LLC?” then the answer is “Yes. Absolutely.”

To learn how to form an LLC, visit our Form an LLC state guides.

Can a DBA have "Inc." in the name?

A DBA can only have "Inc." in the name if the business entity the DBA is attached to is a corporation.

How do I set up a DBA for a rental property?

It’s always best to consult an attorney. Usually, the best option is to form an LLC to protect your personal assets in the event of an issue with the rental property. Holding the rental property in your name and with a DBA will not afford you any protection.

Is my DBA protected from being used in other places?

There are some state-level laws that prevent DBAs that are too similar to existing ones from being used, but this varies from state to state. It is possible to trademark a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.

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