If you’re interested in creating a DBA name for your Nevada business, then use our step-by-step guide. While we don’t currently offer DBA registration services in Nevada, we can help you create a DBA name in any of the states we support. Get started below.
If you own a business and would like to use a different name than your legal business name, you will need to register a DBA name, also called an assumed name, fictitious business name, or trade name. DBA names are usually used when you want to use multiple names for one business, or if you are a sole proprietor wanting to be recognized as something other than your legal name. Every state has its own rules for obtaining a DBA name. If you think using one can help you, it’s important that you get to know Nevada’s specific requirments.
Although we currently do not support DBA registration in Nevada, you can use this guide as a jumping-off point. First, we’ll talk about what a DBA name is, how they work, and why you might want one. Then, we’ll walk through getting, using, and maintaining a DBA name in Nevada.
A DBA name is a name that a company uses to do business under a different moniker than its legal name.
Different states call DBA names different things. Some call them “trade names,” “fictitious names,” and “assumed names.” These refer to the same thing. The state of Nevada typically uses the term “fictitious firm name” (sometimes abbreviated “FFN”) on all related business forms.
The types of businesses that are most likely to use DBA names are:
While a DBA name gives your business the power to make sales under a new title, it doesn’t create a new company. Because of this, your tax structure will remain the same.
The regulations for DBA names in Nevada differ from many other states. Nevada requires you to register your DBA name at the county level and not with the Nevada Secretary of State, and DBA name registration is legally required when doing business under a different name than the one filed with your Articles of Organization. In Nevada, you must register a fictitious firm name with the county clerk of each county you plan to do business in.
Using a DBA name can have a positive effect on your company. Some pros to using one are:
The following information will teach you how to obtain and keep a fictitious firm name in Nevada.
In Nevada, how you register a fictitious firm name depends on which county you’re going to operate in. Nevada law stipulates that you register your DBA name with the county clerk’s office in every county where you intend to do business. Be sure to do your research so that you know how to register in your county.
There are a few things that all Nevada counties require in a DBA name registration. These include:
Below is an example of how you would file for a DBA name in Churchill County in Nevada.
1. Pull up the “Certificate of Fictitious Business Name” form on the Churchill County website.2. Fill out the application with the pertinent information. You will need a signature from a notary public.3. There will be a filing fee of $25 with two copies. If you need more copies, you’ll have to pay $1 for each additional page.4. Put everything in one envelope and mail it to the following address:Churchill County Clerk/Treasurer155 N. Taylor Street, Suite 110Fallon, NV 89406
1. Pull up the “Certificate of Fictitious Business Name” form on the Churchill County website.2. Fill out the application with the pertinent information. You will need a signature from a notary public.3. Visit the Churchill County Clerk/Treasurer’s office at the previously noted address.4. There will be a filing fee of $25 with two copies. If you need more copies, you’ll have to pay an additional $1 for each page.
A DBA name might be appealing to you for several reasons. When picking one out, think about who your customers are and consider how you hope to reach them. In Nevada, it’s a misdemeanor to do business under a new name without registering it with your county.
There are some rules that your DBA name should abide by. First, it can’t suggest that your business offers any services or products that are illegal. Make sure your DBA name doesn’t say anything about illegal drugs or illicit practices.
Your fictitious firm name also can’t suggest that your business provides any professional services that it does not. Don’t include things about professionals like doctors or lawyers unless you have those people on your staff.
Your DBA name should also be different from the name of any other business in your state. Start by conducting a name search on Nevada’s Business Portal. A unique DBA name will allow your business to stand out from competitors.
Keep in mind that registering a DBA name isn’t the same as a trademark. If your DBA name goes against a different business trademark or service mark, you can still face legal action. To avoid this, you should use the business portal to ensure your DBA name doesn’t violate any trademarks or service marks in the state. You can also check nationally on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.
A fictitious firm name registration in Nevada lasts for five years. At the end of that period, you will have to issue a new certificate and pay the fees.
Some counties in Nevada do have specific forms for making changes to your DBA name or its address, but in most cases, you’ll fill out the same form you registered with.
If you wish to cancel your DBA name, you’ll need to fill out a “Termination of Certificate of Business: Fictitious Firm Name” form. Here is Churchill County’s (from our earlier example) termination form. You’ll pay the same $25 plus $1 per additional page you did when you registered. Send the termination form with the fee to:
Churchill County Clerk/Treasurer
155 N. Taylor Street, Suite 110
Fallon, NV 89406
We Can Help!
While we don’t currently support DBA registration in Nevada, we can help you create one in states we do support, including: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas and Utah. We can make creating a DBA name in another state simple.
The content on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
Nevada Business Resources
The charge for registering a DBA name in Nevada will vary from county to county. Check the official website of the county or counties you want to register in for more specific fee information.
The processing time for registering a DBA name in Nevada can run from about a week to 10 days, but it may be different depending on which county you register in. Also, many counties in Nevada don’t offer online registration. Mail-in registration can take longer than in-person registration because of transit.
DBA name registration is legally required when doing business under a different name than the one filed with your Articles of Organization.
In Nevada, fictitious firm names are not exclusive, so someone else could use the same name that you’ve registered.
Yes, businesses in Nevada can have several DBA names for different services or products. For example, in Las Vegas, several casinos can be owned by the same corporation. Usually, each casino will emphasize a different experience. One might be family-friendly, while another might be more adult-oriented.
In Nevada, a DBA name and fictitious firm name are the same things, as they are in most states. However, some states do have legal distinctions between the two. You should always research what the laws in your state have to say regarding DBA/fictitious firm names.
You do not need a DBA name if you choose to do business under your personal name in a sole proprietorship. However, you’re not allowed to do business under any name besides your personal name if you don’t get one.
A DBA name, or fictitious firm name as it’s called in Nevada, does not start a new business or alter your tax structure in any way. A DBA name is simply a new name that your existing company can operate under.
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