Who is required to register as a document preparation service?

Any person, who, for compensation and at the direction of a client, provides assistance to the client in a legal matter, including:

  • Preparing or completing any pleading, application or other document for the client, 
  • Translating the client’s answer to a question posed in such a document, 
  • Securing any supporting document, such as a birth certificate, required in connection with the legal matter, 
  • Submitting a completed document on behalf of the client to a court or administrative agency.

Document preparation services include preparing documents for any will or trust; any proceeding, filing or action affecting the immigration or citizenship status of a person; or any proceeding filing or action otherwise affecting the legal rights, duties, obligations or liabilities of a person. See NRS 240A.040.

What are the requirements for registration?

Applicant information and history, business information, background check and a cash or surety bond in the amount of $50,000.

What does “compensation” mean?

Compensation means money, property, or anything else of value.

What are the qualifications for an applicant to be registered as a document preparation service?

An individual wishing to register as a document preparation service must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States 
  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Not be currently suspended or been disbarred from the practice of law in any jurisdiction 
  • Not have had document preparation registration previously revoked by the Secretary of State 
  • Not have been previously convicted of a gross misdemeanor pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NS 240A.290 
  • In the 10 years immediately preceding the date of application:
    o Not been convicted of a crime involving theft, fraud or dishonesty
    o Not been convicted of the unauthorized practice of law in any jurisdiction
    o Not been adjudged by a court to have committed an act involving theft, fraud or dishonest

Who should register?

Registration applies to an individual not a business. Should there be more than one individual in a business conducting document preparation services, each person who performs document preparation services must register.

I do not own or operate the document preparation service business, I am just an employee. Do I need to register?

Yes, if you meet the requirements above.

What if I am a contract employee, do I need to register?

Yes, if you meet the requirements above.

I own and/or operate a document preparation service business; do I as business owner need to register or do only the people whom I employ as employees or contactors?

You, as the owner, must register. You are also required to ensure that your business satisfies all other state and local business licensing requirements.

Am I required to have a State business license?

All business owners and independent contractors must possess an active State business license. A W-2 Employee is not required to possess a state business license.

Does the registrant have to display the State business license?

Yes, each registrant must display conspicuously in the place of business a copy of the State business license issued to the registrant or the registrant’s employer, as applicable, by the Secretary of State and any business license issued to the registrant or the registrant’s employer, as applicable, by a local government in this State.