In order to conduct business in Nevada under a name that is different from your own, you must file a form with the county clerk. This is known either as a “fictitious firm name” or “DBA” (Doing Business As). For example, if your legal name is Jane Johnson, and you want to open Jane’s Flower Shop as a sole proprietor, you need to register “Jane’s Flower Shop” as a DBA before you open the doors. This will enable you to get a business license and also to open a bank account for your business.
A corporation may also need to file a DBA in order to conduct business in Nevada under a name different from the official name on the incorporation papers. For example, if XYZ Restaurant Corporation, Inc. wishes to open a restaurant called Tony’s Bistro, they need to register “Tony’s Bistro” as a DBA.
Most banks require a Nevada DBA registration and a certified copy of the Nevada DBA before opening a business bank account.
In most Nevada counties, the application form for a DBA is only one page long, costs $20 to file, and does not expire for 5 years.
Nevada Revised Statutes: Section 602.010
Filing of certificate with county clerk
- Every person doing business in this state under an assumed or fictitious name that is in any way different from the legal name of each person who owns an interest in the business, must file with the County Clerk of each county in which the business is being conducted, a certificate containing the information required by NRS 602.020.
- A person intending to conduct a business under an assumed or fictitious name may, before initiating the conduct of the business, file a certificate with the County Clerk of each county in which the business is intended to be conducted.
- If the Board of County Commissioners of a county has adopted an ordinance pursuant to NRS 602.035, a certificate filed pursuant to this section expires 5 years after it is filed with the County Clerk.
Apply for a DBA:
- Clark County: http://www.accessclarkcounty.com/depts/clerk/pages/ffn.aspx
- Washoe County: http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/clerks/dba_requirements.php
- For other Nevada counties, please contact County Clerk’s office.