How to Form a C Corporation in Nevada


The requirements to form a new corporation in Nevada are straightforward, but there’s more paperwork involved than with other types of business entities. You’ll need to follow specific procedures involving the articles of incorporation and corporate bylaws, as well as provide copies of your articles at the state level and file an application with the IRS. The good news is that our step-by-step guide will walk you through all these steps so you don’t miss anything.

Choosing a business name

Choosing a business name is important. Your company’s name is your first impression to customers, potential investors and the IRS.

  • Choose a name that is easy to spell, pronounce and remember.
  • Choose a name that does not imply a false or misleading connection between the business and another person (including personal names). For example, don’t use “Pizza Hut” if you want to open up a chain of restaurants serving Asian food at low prices in Las Vegas; it might imply an affiliation with Pizza Hut Inc., which would be illegal under Nevada law because it could mislead customers into thinking they were buying from one of their restaurants when they weren’t (and vice versa).
  • Make sure that your company’s name isn’t already taken by another corporation or LLC in Nevada—you can do this by searching the Secretary of State’s database for any existing corporations whose names contain yours (here are instructions on how to perform such searches). If there are no duplicates within 75 miles of where you plan on doing business, congratulations! You’ve just picked out the perfect moniker for yourself!

Registering your business name

Registering your business name is not required, but it’s a good idea. You can register your business name either online or in person at the Nevada Secretary of State website.

Registering your business name with the state is not the same as registering a domain name, which you can do through GoDaddy or any other domain registrar. You will only have to register your company’s official legal name with them (for example: Acme Widget Corp).

Applying for an EIN

  • You can apply for an EIN online.
  • You can also apply by phone or mail.
  • To apply, you will need to provide your Social Security number when you order your EIN, as well as two forms of identification (e.g., driver’s license and passport).#ENDWRITE

Writing the articles of incorporation

  • Writing the articles of incorporation. The articles of incorporation are the official document that establishes a corporation in Nevada. You must file these with the Nevada Secretary of State to create your corporation, and they include information about the name of your company, its registered agent (a person or company who will receive official documents on behalf of your company), and its address.
  • Filing with the Nevada Secretary of State. Once you have written up your business plan, planned out all costs associated with starting a business and considered other factors such as location and employees, it is time to file for incorporation using our step-by-step guide above!

Submitting the articles of incorporation

After you’ve drafted your articles of incorporation, you’ll need to submit them to the state. The Nevada Secretary of State will provide instructions for filing your articles. In most cases, this means submitting them along with a filing fee and having the incorporators sign them in front of a notary public. After that, it’s just a matter of waiting 90 days before your corporation becomes official.

Creating the corporate bylaws

The first step to forming a corporation is to create the corporate bylaws. A board of directors writes and approves these documents, which are then filed with the Nevada Secretary of State. The Bylaws contain information about how your company will be run, including details like its name, purpose, and structure.

A good way to get started on writing bylaws is to look at examples from other companies that are similar in size and scope as yours. You can also check out our sample Nevada C-Corporation Bylaws here!

It’s important for your Bylaws to include:

  • Name of the Corporation: This should match exactly what you filed with the state when creating your Articles of Incorporation. For example, if it was “Fancy Shoes Co.” when filing your Articles then “Fancy Shoes Co.” should be used here as well!
  • Purpose for Which Created: This section describes what type of business activities will occur within this particular organization such as manufacturing shoes or selling clothing items online through eCommerce platforms like Shopify or Etsy (for example). Be specific though because later on there may be questions regarding this topic so be prepared ahead of time by answering them now before they arise later down the road causing confusion between parties involved with one another during negotiations/negotiations etcetera…

Opening a business bank account

Next, you’ll need to open a business checking account. If you formed your corporation in Nevada, your state will likely have an online application for this. You can also request a loan from the bank and use that as your initial capital.

Next, you’ll want to get one of those business credit cards that has the Visa or Mastercard logo on it. Have each employee who works at the company get one of these cards too so they can buy things with it while out on business trips or whatever else they do during work hours (which means more money for you!).

Now that everyone has an official corporate credit card, what should we do with it? Well first make sure all employees sign up for direct deposit into their own personal accounts so they don’t spend all their money before payday! Then decide whether or not it makes sense financially speaking—and otherwise—to pay by check versus using electronic transfers from corporate funds because there are pros and cons associated with each method depending on how much cash flow is involved.”

Creating stock certificates (‘written shares’)

When you set up your corporation, the first step is to decide on the number of shares that will be issued. You can create stock certificates for this purpose—but they’re not required by law. In fact, many small businesses don’t have any written shares at all and simply keep track of their shareholder information in a ledger or spreadsheet program.

If you do want to issue physical certificates, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Stock certificates should be signed by both the corporation and its shareholders (or whoever has been designated as the representative). The signatures should be notarized by an authorized official such as a lawyer or notary public. These signatures must match those recorded with Nevada’s Secretary of State when your corporation was formed; otherwise they’ll be invalid and unable to transfer ownership rights properly when someone buys them from an existing shareholder later on down the road (more on this later).
  • Stock certificates should also include information about any restrictions imposed on ownership rights within your company’s charter documents—for example, limits placed upon voting rights based on whether shares are held directly versus indirectly through another party like an investment fund manager who owns multiple C Corporations at once might have voted differently than expected due only because some stockholders were also directors who had access

Filing Form SS-4 with the IRS

First, let’s define what Form SS-4 is. Form SS-4 is a tax form that you need to file with the IRS to obtain your Employer Identification Number (EIN). This nine-digit number is assigned by the IRS and used on all federal tax returns filed by corporations. Once you have this number, it’s yours forever—you’ll use it forevermore when dealing with taxes. You can’t just apply for an EIN online; you’ll need to go down to your local post office and fill out the form in person or mail it back in with a check or money order.

C corporations have more paperwork and legal steps to follow than LLCs or sole proprietorships.

One of the main disadvantages of forming a C corporation is that it has more paperwork and legal steps to follow than LLCs or sole proprietorships. You will need to file articles of incorporation with the secretary of state’s office, which includes paying a filing fee.

You’ll also need to make sure your business meets the following three requirements:

  • Your firm must be domestic, meaning that it cannot be foreign-owned or controlled by nonresidents;
  • Your corporation must have only one class of stock; and
  • A minimum number of shares for each class (usually 100).


We hope you’ve found this article helpful and informative. As we mentioned at the outset, forming a C corporation in Nevada is a complicated process. It usually takes at least two months to complete all of these steps. But if you follow the steps outlined above—and get help from an experienced attorney or accountant—you should be able to form your own c-corp in no time!

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