How to Look Up an LLC in Nevada? (Most Effective Method)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: June 20, 2024
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If you're looking to start an LLC in Nevada or simply want to learn the details of a particular business, it's important to understand how to perform a business entity search.

Since I've been in the business industry for more than a decade, I assisted several clients with conducting a Nevada business entity search.

I have collaborated with our team of legal advisors and attorneys to provide you with legal information on the topic and tips on what to look for when researching business names.

Quick Summary

  • To look up an LLC in Nevada, utilize the Secretary of State website's Nevada LLC search tool for accessing basic information like business name, entity status, and formation date.
  • The search can be performed using methods such as name search, entity number, NV Business ID number, officer name, or registered agent name.
  • Trademark infringement has risen by 15% over two years, with 85% of brands reporting infringements last year, according to a CompuMark report.
  • In my opinion, conducting an LLC lookup in Nevada is crucial not only for verifying name availability but also for ensuring legal compliance and understanding the competitive landscape.


How to Look Up an LLC in Nevada?

A woman looking up an LLC in Nevada

To look up an LLC in Nevada, the Secretary of State's website is an excellent starting point for your search.

1. Use the Secretary of State's Website

By following a few simple steps, you can access essential details about the Nevada LLC you are interested in:

  1. Start your Nevada LLC search on the Nevada Secretary of State website.
  2. Choose the method of search you want to use and enter the required details. 
  3. Once you have found the business entity information for the Nevada LLC of interest, click the "Details" tab to access additional company information.
  4. In the "Details" section, you will find important details such as the date of formation, agent information, and principal address.
  5. Clicking on the “advanced search options” will provide additional information regarding the type and status of the business entities.

Here are the methods you can choose to search for a Nevada LLC from the state's database:

a. Name Search

This is the most common method used to find information about an LLC.

By entering the full or partial name of the business, you can access a list of entities that match or closely resemble your query.

Results typically include the LLC's name, entity number, and status. This search is useful for initial explorations or when you have only the business’s name.

"Conducting a search for a business name in Nevada is a crucial step for anyone considering establishing an LLC in the state. An online database exists, providing a comprehensive list of all businesses registered in Nevada."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

b. Entity Number

The Nevada Secretary of State assigns each LLC a unique Entity Number at registration [1]. This search method is direct and yields specific results.

Searching by Entity Number brings up detailed information about the LLC, including its official name, registration status, and sometimes detailed filing history and registered agent information.

c. NV Business ID Number

Like the Entity Number, the NV Business ID Number is another unique identifier assigned to businesses. It's particularly useful for transactions and inquiries specific to Nevada.

This provides comprehensive details about the LLC, including business type, status, and compliance information with state regulations.

d. Officer Name

If you're interested in the business activities of a specific individual within the corporate structure, searching by an officer's name can reveal all the entities associated with that person.

This search can list all LLCs where the individual serves as an officer, providing insights into their business affiliations and roles.

e. Registered Agent Name

Every LLC must have a registered agent in Nevada responsible for receiving legal documents on behalf of the company.

Searching by the registered agent's name can be useful when you know the agent but not the exact name of the LLC.

This search yields a list of all LLCs that have appointed the individual or company as their registered agent, which is helpful for legal, compliance, and contact purposes.

2. Call the State

Dialing the telephone to contact the IRS

To directly inquire about an LLC in Nevada, you can contact the Secretary of State's office.

You can call the Commercial Recordings Division at (775) 684-5708 for business entity information.

When calling, it's advisable to have all pertinent information, such as the business name or entity number, to facilitate a smooth and efficient inquiry process.

3. Send an Email

For written inquiries, emailing the Secretary of State's office can provide a record of your communication and is useful for complex questions requiring detailed responses.

You can email the Commercial Recordings Division at sosbizfilings@sos.nv.gov.

Ensure your email includes all necessary details about the LLC you're inquiring about and your contact information for any follow-up.

4. Other Business Entity Search Alternatives

Beyond the official state resources, various alternative methods can complement your LLC search efforts.

You can use the following:

  • Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These can provide current information and insights into the company's culture and activities.
  • Search engines like a simple Google search can reveal news articles, press releases, and other publications related to the LLC.
  • Online directories such as Yelp, Angie's List, or industry-specific listings offer profiles of businesses, including reviews and ratings that can shed light on the company's performance and customer satisfaction.
  • Professional networking sites like LinkedIn profiles and company pages can offer information about the LLC's executives, employees, and business network.
  • Public records and legal databases like access to court records, property records, and other public documents can provide in-depth details about an LLC's legal and financial status. Websites like PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) or local county websites can also be valuable resources for this type of information.

How to Check If A Business Name Is Trademarked in Nevada?

To check if a business name is trademarked in Nevada, it's essential to navigate through both state and federal trademark databases.

This process ensures that the business name you're considering or researching does not infringe upon existing trademarks.

According to a CompuMark report, there has been a 15% increase in trademark infringement over the past two years, with 85% of brands experiencing infringement in the last year alone [2].

This trend marks a steady rise from 74% in 2017 to 81% in 2018, highlighting a growing challenge for brands in protecting their trademarks.

The, hence, search avoids potential legal issues and ensures the uniqueness of your brand.

Here's a detailed guide on how to proceed:

1. Start with the Nevada Secretary of State

Begin your search at the state level by visiting the Nevada Secretary of State's website. Here, you can search for registered trademarks within the state.

This database includes registered and active trademarks in Nevada, offering a preliminary view of potential conflicts with your desired business name.

How to Search:

  • Use the business search feature to enter the name you're interested in.
  • The system will display any existing trademarks or business entities operating under that name or similar names.
  • Pay close attention to results that may not be identical but are phonetically similar, as these could also pose legal challenges.

2. Check Federal Trademarks with the USPTO

After checking the state database, proceed to the federal level by searching the USPTO's trademark database, known as TESS (Trademark Electronic Search System).

This database includes all trademarks registered or pending registration at the federal level, providing a comprehensive view of potential conflicts beyond Nevada's borders.

How to Conduct a Federal Search:

  • Utilize the search tools available on the USPTO website to input the business name you're researching.
  • You can start with a basic word mark search if you have a specific name in mind.
  • For a more thorough investigation, consider using the advanced search feature to explore variations of the name, including similar-sounding names, synonyms, and phonetic equivalents.

Here are reasons why you need to perform an LLC search:

  • Name Availability Search: Checking if the desired business name is available for use and registration.
  • Legal Compliance: Ensuring the business name adheres to state naming requirements.
  • Due Diligence: Verifying the legitimacy and standing of a business before engaging in transactions.
  • Competitive Analysis: Understanding the market and identifying potential competitors.
  • Trademark Protection: Avoiding infringement on existing trademarks.
  • Strategic Partnerships: Researching potential business partners or investment opportunities.
  • Financial Insights: Gaining a glimpse into the company's registration details can hint at its financial health.
  • Legal Disputes: Identifying any ongoing or past legal issues associated with the LLC.
  • Market Research: Understanding the landscape of businesses within a specific industry.

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FAQs

What Should I Do if I Find Multiple Businesses With Similar Names in Nevada?

If you find multiple business with similar names in Nevada consult with a legal professional to understand potential implications and determine if your desired name is distinguishably different or may infringe on existing trademarks.

How Much Does It Cost To Own an Entity Name in Nevada?

It costs $0 to own an entity name in Nevada since there is no name reservation application in the state. Simply enter your desired name and wait for approval.

How Can I Verify the Status of an LLC in Nevada?

To verify if the status of an LLC in Nevada, visit the Nevada Secretary of State website and use the business search feature, entering the LLC's name or entity number to check its status.


References:

  1. https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/licensing/state-business-license/state-business-license-faq
  2. https://clarivate.com/compumark/news/trademark-infringement-rising-year-on-year-says-compumark-report/

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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