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How can I obtain the forms to file my Articles of Incorporation, or any other Commercial Recordings documents?
Are there any restricted words that cannot be used in an entity's name or purpose without prior authorization?
Can I file my Initial, Annual or Amended List online?
How do I set up an account to file a document online?
Why have I not received documents filed or the certificates I have ordered online?
To whom do I make out my check?
What are some of the reasons filings are rejected?
Can I search a trademark, trade name or service mark online?
Do I get my original documents back upon processing or if rejected?
Do you offer expedited services?
Where can I get answers to tax questions?
How do I obtain a "Certificate of Good Standing?"
How can I view sample Certificates of Good Standing?
How do I verify an electronic Certificate of Good Standing?
How do I reinstate a revoked entity?
How do I file an Assumed Name or DBA (Doing Business As)?
How do I check name availability and reserve an entity name?
How can I obtain information on the status of a particular entity?
How can I find information about an old stock certificate?
How can I view the current officers, managers, etc., of a corporation or other entity?
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Q: How can I obtain the forms to file my Articles of Incorporation, or any other Commercial Recordings documents?
A:

You can download the forms from the Forms Library, under Resources on the homepage, then submit by fax, email, or by mailing your request to:

COMMERCIAL RECORDINGS DIVISION 
202 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Or, dropping by one of our offices. Many forms can be filed online.

Q: Are there any restricted words that cannot be used in an entity's name or purpose without prior authorization?
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There are certain words that require prior authorization by the appropriate regulatory authority for use in the name and/or purpose of any organizational document or amendment filed with the Secretary of State. Prior authorization is required, regardless if the word stands alone or if the word is "part" of a word. Failure to receive and provide proof of authorization will result in the rejection of the document. Please click here to be taken to the restricted word list.
Q: Can I file my Initial, Annual or Amended List online?
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Yes. These lists may be filed online at SilverFlume. Click on the "Manage Your Business" tab to begin.
Q: How do I set up an account to file a document online?
A:
Set up an account and use online services by registering first on SilverFlume.
Q: Why have I not received documents filed or the certificates I have ordered online?
A:
Documents and certificates ordered or processed online are available in your job history folder a few minutes after checkout. Log back into the system and click on the "Job History" box. Select the appropriate job number and you will find your documents. If the documents and certificates ordered or processed were completed on SilverFlume, you will need to log into that site and go to the “”Documents” tab to retrieve the items from there.
Q: To whom do I make out my check?
A:
When submitting your documents directly to the Secretary of State, please make out checks to: Secretary of State. When submitting through a Registered Agent, please check with that Registered Agent.
Q: What are some of the reasons filings are rejected?
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Filings are rejected for many reasons including, but not limited to the following:

  • Name not available
  • Document was not signed
  • Insufficient fees for filing
  • Statutory requirements not included
  • Document is illegible
  • Document in such poor condition that cannot be scanned
  • Credit card declined
  • Entity not in good standing or not on file with this office
  • Required documents not included
Q: Can I search a trademark, trade name or service mark online?
A:

Yes. Trademarks, trade names and service marks can be searched online. Click here for Business Entity Search page, and search by the mark or entity name.

The results will reflect any trademark, trade name or service mark on file, along with the business entities with that name.

Q: Do I get my original documents back upon processing or if rejected?
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No, documents are scanned into our processing system at the time of receipt and the scanned documents become the official record. Original documents are destroyed once the scanned images are archived. If rejected, new documents must be resubmitted.
Q: Do you offer expedited services?
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Yes. For an additional fee you may have your documents processed and orders filled on an expedited basis. We offer 1-, 2-, and 24-hour expedited service for most processes. Click here for the expedite schedules and additional information.
Q: Where can I get answers to tax questions?
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Contact the IRS for federal tax information, or the Nevada Department of Taxation for questions regarding state taxes.
Q: How do I obtain a "Certificate of Good Standing?"
A:

To order online
Click Here and select "Good Standing Certificate"

To order by mail:
Send a letter with the name of the entity for which you are requesting the certificate, along with a check, money order, or credit card authorization for $50.00 made payable to "Secretary of State" to:

Secretary of State Ross Miller
204 North Carson Street, Suite 2
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4299

To order via email:
Send a detailed request, along with credit card information, to copies@sos.nv.gov.

To order via fax (Expedited Order Only):
Fax a detailed request, along with credit card information to 775-684-5645.

The Secretary of State's office accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card for all payments. Please note: For security and verification purposes, all credit card payments must include the 3 or 4-digit CVV2 code (VCode) number located on the back of your credit card. Failure to include this code will result in rejection of your filing or service request.

Q: How can I view sample Certificates of Good Standing?
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Q: How do I verify an electronic Certificate of Good Standing?
A:
Click Here and select "Verify Good Standing Certificates"
Q: How do I reinstate a revoked entity?
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Information on how to reinstate a revoked entity may be obtained by contacting the Secretary of State's Customer Service Division at 775-684-5708, or by obtaining the reinstatement packet for the appropriate entity type and using the Business Entities Search and Calculate Fees tab. Reinstatements are only filed in-house by the Secretary of State. Online filing for reinstatements is not available. Registered agent fees are not included when using the Fees Calculator tab.
Q: How do I file an Assumed Name or DBA (Doing Business As)?
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DBA's are filed at the county level, not with the Secretary of State. Please contact the clerk or recorder's office in the county where you wish to file.
Q: How do I check name availability and reserve an entity name?
A:

The Secretary of State does NOT provide a name availability service. Name availability can be checked by:

  • Requesting a name be reserved by Going to the Secretary of State website's Business Entities Search page. You may also reserve a name on our website by going here and clicking on "Name Reservation."

Or, by:

  • Submitting a completed name reservation form, with the $25 filing fee. You may expedite your name reservation by including an additional $25. Be sure to request "expedited service" in your cover letter.
Q: How can I obtain information on the status of a particular entity?
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Status information can be obtained, free of charge, on the Secretary of State website's Business Entities Search page. You can also call the Secretary of State's Customer Service Division at 775-684-5708.
Q: How can I find information about an old stock certificate?
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The Secretary of State's office does not have information regarding old stock certificates. However, you can request a search for information on the company that may have issued the certificate by sending a copy of the corporate stock certificate and the $50 payment via U.S. mail, email, or fax. 

Click Here for Customer Order Instructions and fees for Copies and Certificates.

Q: How can I view the current officers, managers, etc., of a corporation or other entity?
A:
You may view officers of a corporation on the Business Entities Search page.
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