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How To Fill Out The Nevada LLC Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Nevada LLC Articles of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Nevada LLC Articles of Organization

If you are setting up a new business in Nevada and forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC), it is important to understand the state’s requirements.

Although creating an LLC takes some effort and planning, it can be an excellent way for business owners to protect themselves from personal liability. I’ll explain the basics of forming an LLC in Nevada by going over how to fill out the Nevada LLC Articles of Organization and answer some common questions people have when filling out this form.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Nevada

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Steps To Fill Out The Nevada LLC Articles Of Organization

To officially form a Nevada Limited Liability Company, you will need to submit the completed NRS 86 DLLC Articles of Organization form to the Nevada Secretary of State. The form can be downloaded and sent by mail or filed on the Secretary of State’s website, SilverFlume.

This example will go over the online filing for a domestic Limited Liability Company, and to do that, we need to first create an account with the Nevada Secretary of State.

In the dashboard, we will want to select Start Your Business.
Starting an LLC in Nevada

Then select Start a Nevada Business (LLC, Corporation) and then Domestic Limited-Liability Company. If your LLC will provide services that are regulated in the state, such as accountants, architects, veterinarians, etc., you can file for a Professional LLC (PLLC) instead of an LLC.

Nevada NRS 86
Then click on “Start” to begin filling out the Nevada Articles of Organization.
Nevada Business Registration

Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC

Step 1 Nevada LLC Name

The first step is to pick a business name.

There is a field to enter a Name Reservation ID. This isn’t required but refers to a number from the Secretary of State if you previously reserved a name. Most will start with Desired Entity Name.

There are a couple of requirements when choosing a Nevada LLC name.

1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Nevada. You can verify name availability by doing a Nevada LLC name search with the Nevada Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.

2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– Limited-Liability Company
– Limited Company
– Limited Co
– Limited Co.
– Limited
– L.L.C
– L.L.C.
– LC
– L.C.
– LTD.

Enter the LLC name, including the identifier, to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Nevada Secretary of State will display a message of the registered entity. You can still use the matching name if you have a name consent and release form from the existing business.

Step 2: Enter Business Information

Step 2 Nevada LLC Business Information 1

The next question is optional and not common for a Nevada LLC.

A Series LLC is essentially a parent or umbrella LLC with smaller LLCs within it, where each series has its own individual limited liability. The Nevada Series LLC is popular with real estate investors as they can form just one LLC, and each property can have separate liability protection.

A Restricted LLC is one that can’t distribute any money to its owners in the first 10 years. (NRS 86. 161).

Only check the box if either special type of LLC applies.

Step 3: Appoint a Registered Agent

Step 3 Nevada Registered Agent

Every Nevada LLC must have a registered agent who is responsible for receiving legal documents on behalf of the LLC. The registered agent must either be a Nevada resident (“Individual”) or a business with a physical office in the state of Nevada (“Entity”).

You can either appoint an individual such as yourself as the registered agent or appoint someone else, such as a friend, or family member, or an entity such as a professional registered agent service.

The main requirements to be a Nevada registered agent are that they are an adult and be at a physical address during normal business hours.

Related: What is a Nevada registered agent?

Step 4: Choose the Management Structure

Step 4 Nevada LLC Member Managed 1

This section asks if the LLC is Member-Managed or Manager-Managed.

Member-Managed LLCs are LLCs where the members have an active involvement in the management of the business.
Manager-Managed LLCs are LLCs in which the members hire a manager to run the LLC, similar to a CEO of a corporation.

Enter the name(s) and addresses of all the LLC’s Members and/or Managers. At least one Managing Member or Manager must be listed.

Step 5: Enter the Name and Address of the LLC Organizer

Step 5 Nevada LLC Organizer 1

The Organizer is someone who is involved with the LLC formation.  The LLC Organizer may or may not be a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant, but any of the initial member(s) could be listed as an organizer.

If the organizer agrees to the terms, they will sign the Articles of Organization and provide their contact information.

Related: Who can be an LLC Organizer? 

Step 6: Registered Agent’s Acceptance of Appointment

Step 6 Nevada LLC Registered Agent Acceptance

The Registered Agent must sign the Articles of Organization certifying they accept the appointment to act as the agent for the LLC.

If they are not available to physically sign, the Certificate of Acceptance form will need to be signed by the Registered Agent and uploaded.

Step 7: Upload Supporting Documentation

If you wish to include additional items regarding the formation of the LLC, such as the Certificate of Acceptance from the Registered Agent, attach them to this section.

Step 8: File the Initial List Managers or Managing Members and State Business License Application

Along with filing the Articles of Organization, the Initial List of Managers or Managing Members and State Business License Application must be submitted.
Every business (not just LLCs) in the state must register with the Nevada Secretary of State. 

In addition, an annual report and filing fee will be sent to the Nevada Secretary of State each year to maintain the LLC.

Step 9: Review the Articles of Organization

Next, review the Articles of Organization to ensure the information entered is correct.

Step 10: File the Articles of Organization

If the information in the Articles of Organization is correct, click “Next” to add to the cart and pay the filing fees to submit the Articles of Organization.

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Nevada LLC FAQs

How much does a Nevada LLC cost?

The state filing fee to form an LLC in Nevada is $425. This includes the Articles of Organization, Initial List of Members / Officers, and the State of Nevada LLC Business License.

How long does it take to form a Nevada LLC?

Filing the Articles of Organization with the Nevada Secretary of State is immediate, while filing by mail normally takes 1-2 weeks.

Does Nevada require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Nevada Revised Statute NRS 86.286 states that a Nevada LLC operating agreement is optional.  Although it isn’t required, it is recommended that most LLCs have one, as it can help prevent disputes among members and better protect the LLC’s legal status.

Related: How to Create a Nevada operating agreement

Do Nevada LLCs need an EIN?

Only Nevada LLCs that either have more than one member, will hire employees, or elect to be taxed as a partnership or corporation are required to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If the LLC isn’t required to get an EIN (though you can still get one), the LLC will use the social security number of the business owner.

Related: How to apply for an EIN

What business licenses are needed in Nevada?

The requirements for business licenses and registrations in Nevada vary depending on what the business does and where it’s located.

Here is a list of common business licenses in Nevada


  • Greg Bouhl

    With over two decades as an entrepreneur, educator, and business advisor, Greg Bouhl has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. Fed up with clients finding and acting on inaccurate and outdated information online, Greg launched StartUp101.com to be a trusted resource for people starting a business.

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