How To Change an LLC Name in Nevada? (Step by Step Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: March 14, 2024
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As a Nevada-based LLC owner wanting to change their business name, you must know which amendment documents to submit and the proper filing steps.

I collaborated with our panel of business experts on limited liability companies and conducted thorough research using the Nevada Secretary of State website to determine the documents and procedures needed to change an LLC name in Nevada.

The following section provides the steps on how to change your limited liability company name.

Quick Summary

  • To change an LLC name in Nevada, you must submit a Certificate of Amendment to the Secretary of State.
  • The Nevada Secretary of State offers expedited services to business owners who want a faster way to change their LLC names.
  • In light of Nevada's 18.5% business failure rate, which is more favorable than the national average, a name change for your LLC might be a strategic move to refresh your brand and align with the successful business dynamics of the state.
  • In my opinion, a well-thought-out name change can significantly rejuvenate a Nevada LLC's brand and market positioning.


3 Steps To Change an LLC Name in Nevada

Businessmen having a meeting by the table and changing an LLC name in Nevada

Follow these three steps to change your LLC name in Nevada.

1. Choose a New Nevada LLC Name

The first step in the name-changing procedure is to find a new legal name for your Nevada business that adheres to the following naming regulations:

  • The LLC name must have a limited liability company," or the abbreviations "LLC,""L.L.C.,"" L.C," or "LC."
  • The name must not have certain words like "Agency," "Federal," or "Treasury."
  • The legal business name must be distinct from other corporations in the state.

Once you have a desired name, the next action is to perform a business name search to see if it's eligible for use in Nevada.

Check the SilverFlume Nevada Business Entity Search to see whether the name you want to use for your company is available [1].

If you see that the name is labeled active or default, it means it's not available for use at that particular time.

You may also put your company's name or trademark on any search engine to look for firms with similar trademark names.

In our experience, we recorded and listed our LLC name with the online Nevada Mark Registration service because it has a logo that we use to identify our products and services and to distinguish it from other corporations [2].

Once you have an LLC name, you can reserve for 90 days by submitting a Name Reservation request form to the Nevada Secretary of State for $25 [3].

2. Get Member Approval For Name Change

Filing a name reservation request form

Securing member approval for a name change is crucial. It's noteworthy that, as reported by Entrepreneur.com, 74% of S&P 100 companies have rebranded within the first seven years of their existence [4].

This high percentage highlights the common practice and potential necessity of rebranding for maintaining a competitive edge.

In Nevada, significant changes to an LLC, like altering its name, usually require member approval to ensure legality and binding status under state law.

Most LLCs have an operating agreement detailing the procedure for major decisions, including name changes. Adhering to this process maintains order and consistency.

Member approval during this process ensures that all members contribute to important decisions, protecting their interests and preventing unilateral changes without consensus.

3. File a Nevada Certificate of Amendment

To change your Nevada business name, you must submit the Certificate of Amendment with the $175 filing fee to the Secretary of State [5].

You can file an amendment online on the SilverFlume Secretary of State's website, and you can pay using an e-check or credit card.

Alternatively, you can submit a physical amendment form by mail or in person.

Regardless of your legal entity type, you must provide the following details on the Certificate of Amendment organization form:

  • Name of the entity as on file with the Nevada Secretary of State
  • The entity or Nevada Business Identification Number (NVID)
  • The new name of the existing business
  • Official signature and title of an authorized agent

It takes 7-10 business days to approve the mail application, but you can request any of the expedited service options via the customer order instructions form.

The SOS offers these three expedited service options on the customer order instructions form additional filing fees:

  • 24-hour delivery for $125
  • 2-hour delivery for $500
  • 1-hour delivery for $1000

Mail your completed amendment form to the following state’s office address:

Secretary of State
Commercial Recordings Division
202 North Carson Street
Carson City NV 89701-4201

If you want to request expedited processing, you must direct your form to the following address:

Secretary of State
North Las Vegas City Hall
2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Suite 400
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

What To Do After You Change Your Nevada LLC Name?

An employee organizing documents in a stand file

After you change your LLC name, you are required to inform your clients, creditors, and banking institutions.

Here are the other things to do after adopting the new Nevada business name.

  • Notify government agencies: After changing the name of your Nevada LLC with the necessary state authorities, notify the IRS of the change. The type of document you submit to update your Employer Identification number information depends on how your Nevada LLC is taxed.
  • Update your operating agreement: Update the new LLC name on your business documents, like the LLC articles of organization and LLC operating agreement.
  • Inform banks and financial institutions: Contact your bank and change the new business name on your credit cards, checkbooks, bank accounts, and other financial accounts linked to your business.
  • Update contracts and agreements: This demonstrates professionalism and commitment to maintaining accurate business records. It reflects positively on your LLC and can enhance your reputation in the business community.
  • Update licenses and permits: If your LLC's name on these documents does not match its current legal name, it can lead to legal issues, fines, or difficulties conducting business. Keeping licenses and permits accurate and up-to-date is essential for smooth operations and regulatory compliance.
  • Notify clients and customers: Customers who are familiar with your old name need to know about the change to recognize your business when dealing with invoices, contracts, or communications.

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Alternatives to LLC Name Change

In Nevada, when considering alternatives to changing the name of an LLC, two common options are registering a DBA (Doing Business As) and filing a Certificate of Correction:

DBA 

Registering a DBA allows an LLC to operate under a different name without undergoing the formal process of changing its legal name.

To register a DBA in Nevada, you typically need to file a Trade Name Registration with the Secretary of State or the county where your business is located.

It's important to note that a DBA does not create a separate legal entity. The LLC remains the same, with the DBA acting as an alias for certain business activities.

Certificate of Correction in Nevada

A Certificate of Correction is used to rectify errors or omissions in the LLC's formation documents filed with the Nevada Secretary of State. It is primarily employed for correcting minor clerical errors.

The Certificate of Correction is not typically used for renaming an LLC. Instead, it focuses on correcting administrative or factual inaccuracies within the existing formation documents.

"To file a Certificate of Correction, you submit the corrected information along with the correct details to the Nevada Secretary of State. This process helps maintain accurate official records."

-Jon Morgan, Co-Editor & Co-Founder of Venture Smarter

FAQs

How Much Does It Cost To Change a Business Name in Nevada?

It costs $175 to change a business name in Nevada. The filing fee covers the processing of your Nevada Amendment Certificate by the Secretary of State.

How Long Does It Take To Change a Business Name in Nevada?

It takes 7-10 business days to change a business name in Nevada, but you can pay an additional fee of $500 or $1000 to expedite the process and have it approved within 2 hours or 1 hour, respectively.


References:

  1. https://www.nvsilverflume.gov/wN
  2. https://esos.nv.gov/HelpFiles/MarkRegistration.html
  3. https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/businesses/commercial-recordings/forms-fees/name-reservation
  4. https://www.entrepreneur.com/growing-a-business/when-is-it-time-to-rebrand-lessons-from-meta-block-and/425316
  5. https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/6550/638114418865330000

About The Author

Author
Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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LJ Viveros has 40 years of experience in founding and scaling businesses, including a significant sale to Logitech. He has led Market Solutions LLC since 1999, focusing on strategic transitions for global brands. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Communications, LJ is also a distinguished Matsushita Executive alumnus.
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