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Nevada company name restrictions

Selecting a name for your business can be remarkably complicated. It is obvious that you would want a name that has an excellent flexibility to grow as your business expands, appeals to your audience and is also a name that your audience can remember easily when they want to find the company.

The moment you select a Nevada company name, you would have to ensure that there is no other person who has the same name that you have in mind. You would be able to file that name with the Nevada secretary of state as your Nevada company name only if there is no one else who has a similar name. You will find more details on how to apply and what names you should avoid for your LLC, as you move along.

Nevada Company Naming Rules

For your Nevada company name, you would have to think of a distinctive and original name that no one else has used or has a similar business name. Also, if you have decided to open the Limited Liability company, you would need to add the words “LLC” or “Limited Liability Company” at the end of the name.

The Nevada company name cannot have any term like “Accounting,” “Accountancy,” etc. unless and until the Nevada State Board of Accountancy approves that the business is a registered one under the provisions of Chapter 86 of the NRS (Nevada Revised Statutes). You would learn more about the other various name restrictions in the next section.

In addition to this, your Nevada company name cannot include many other names like “Bank” or “Trust” unless your business is not registered to provide the specific services related to the trust or the bank. The articles of organization should display this detail for the company about conducting such business type. Moreover, the company would need the approval of the Nevada Commissioner of Financial Institutions.

Additionally, your Nevada company name cannot have the words related to “Engineer,” unless and until the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors approves that your company has the license to practice the engineering tasks under the state law and that the company is exempt from any prohibitions.

But the restrictions do not end here. There is a huge list of words that cannot be used for your Nevada company name that has been shared below in the next section.

Nevada Company Naming Detailed Restricted Word List

The use of certain words are restricted in the Nevada company name that has been filed with the Secretary of State as per the Title 7 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. It is vital to get approval from the respective agencies before you submit your Nevada company name documents to the Secretary of State for filing if it contains specific words, regardless of whether the word is “part” of a word or it stands alone.

In case you submit it before getting approval from the specific departments, these restricted words could cause the rejection of your Nevada company name and you may have to start the process all over again. Here is a list of Restricted Words for the company name by the Secretary of State that has been compiled for your convenience.

State Board of Architecture

The Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design (NSBAIDRD) is a government organization that is established under the provisions of NRS Chapter 623. They are responsible for reviewing applications, regulating the professional practice of registrants, registering qualified applicants, and administering examinations related to architecture and design throughout the state.

The following names cannot be used in the Nevada company name without the approval of the State Board of Architecture. As per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 623, the following words fall under the restricted list of words:

  • Registered Residential Designer
  • Registered Interior Designer
  • Registered Interior Design
  • Residential Designer
  • Residential Design
  • Licensed Residential Designer
  • Registered Architect
  • Licensed Architect
  • Architecture
  • Architectural
  • Architect

Exception – Landscape Architecture or Landscape Architect

In case you want to contact them for approval for the use of any of the above words, you can call them on 775-688-2544 or 702-486-7300.

State Board of Education

The Nevada SBE has the duty of advocacy and visionary for the education system in Nevada. As per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 394, there are some words that cannot be used and will have to be approved by the Board before it is used in a name. The restricted words for your Nevada company name are:

  • University
  • Higher Education
  • College

In case you want to make use of any of these words, you can connect with the Secondary Education Board at 702-486-7330.

State Board of Accountancy

The Nevada State Board of Accountancy handles all the tasks related to the field for the government. From approving the certifications for various needs to taking care of the state’s accounting. But as per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 628, there are some words that your Nevada company name cannot have without the prior permission from the Nevada State Board of Accountancy. Here is the list of those words:

  • CPA
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Auditing
  • Auditor
  • Accounting
  • Accountancy
  • Accountant

In case you want to make use of any of these words, then you can contact them at 775-786-0231 to find out the procedure for getting the approval for your Nevada company name with the above-restricted words.

Homeowners Associations – Ombudsman

The main aim of the Office of the Ombudsman is to offer a fair and neutral venue to help the homeowners to deal with the matters that might come up while living in the community. Other than that, they handle all the Homeowner’s affairs.

Under the rule of NRS 78.045 & NRS 116.31158, there are some words that come in the restricted list by the Homeowner Association, and cannot be used in your Nevada company name without the approval of the Ombudsman. These words are:

  • Property Owners
  • Unit-Owners Association
  • Master Association
  • Home Owners Association
  • HOA
  • Community Association
  • Common-Interest Community

In case you want to use any of the above-mentioned words in your Nevada company name, you would need to contact the Ombudsman, and you can contact the office on 702-486-4480.

Real Estate Division

The Nevada Real Estate Division (NRED) is responsible for all the real estate related issued in the state. And as per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 645, there are some words that cannot be used in your Nevada company name unless and until you are offering related services and you get the approval from the NRED before submitting the name to the Secretary of State. Here are the words:

  • Realtor

In case you want to use the word for your Nevada company name, you can contact them at 775-687-4280.

State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

The State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors manages the certifications, licensure, and practice of land surveyors-in-training, engineers-in-training, land surveyors, engineers and companies offering professional land surveying and engineering services in the State of Nevada. As per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 625, the list of the restricted words are:

  • Engineering
  • Licensed Engineer
  • Engineered
  • Professional Engineer
  • Engineer

In case you want to use any of the given words for your Nevada company name, you would need the approval from the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors first. For that, you can contact them on 775-688-1231.

Insurance Division

The Nevada Division of Insurance has the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the insurance industry in the state of Nevada. And as per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 679, there are some words that you cannot use in your Nevada company name without the approval of the Nevada Division of Insurance. Here are those words:

  • “Bale”
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Bail Bondman/men
  • Fugitive Recovery
  • Bail Bonds
  • Bail
  • Surety
  • Life & Accident
  • Casualty
  • Underwriting
  • Risk Retention Group
  • Insurance
  • Annuity
  • Underwriter
  • Reinsurance
  • Indemnity
  • Adjuster

Should you want to use any of the above words for your Nevada company name, you would need the prior approval of the Nevada Insurance Division. You can contact them on 775-687-0700.

Division of Mortgage Lending

The Division of Mortgage Lending in Nevada is committed to growing and promoting Nevada’s non-depository mortgage lending and any other related industry. And under the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 645B & NRS Chapter 645E, there are some words that cannot be used in your Nevada company unless it is approved by the Commissioner of Mortgage Lending. Those words are:

  • Mortgage Banking (Both Financial & Mortgage Lending Approval)
  • Mortgage
  • Financial

If you want to use any of these words, you can contact the Division of Mortgage Lending in Nevada at 775-684-7060 or visit their website at mld.nv.gov for more details.

Financial Institutions

The NFID, that is the Nevada Division of Financial Institutions within the Department is responsible for the supervisory control of almost all the financial services businesses operating in Nevada. And to use a restricted word related to the Financial institutions, you would have to get the approval from the Commissioner of Financial Institutions. As per the NRS 78.045 & NRS Chapter 659, the restricted words that you cannot use in your Nevada company name are:

  • Trust (NRS 669.095)
  • Collection Agency (NRS 676)
  • Debt Collection (NRS 676)
  • Credit Union (NRS 678.880)
  • Bancorp
  • Interbanking
  • Trustee
  • Bancor
  • Banco
  • Banking
  • Thrift
  • Banq
  • Bancard
  • Banker
  • Savings & Loan
  • Banque
  • Banc
  • Bank

In case you want to use any of the above words, you would need the approval of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions. You can contact them at 702-486-4120.

Conclusion

In short, ensure that the name you choose for your Nevada company name does not contain any of the restricted words. Otherwise get approval for the word from the desired organization before submitting it to the Secretary of State otherwise it would be rejected again.

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