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What is the State Business License annual renewal fee, and when is it due?
What is the cost of a State Business License, and when is it due?
How do I obtain a "Certificate of Good Standing?"
What chapters of the Nevada Revised Statutes contain the provisions for Service Marks, Trademarks and Trade Names?
Where do I submit my Mark registration and other Mark forms?
Where do I get Mark forms?
What is the difference between a Service Mark, tradeMark and Trade Name?
What is the duration of a "Mark"?
What is a specimen?
Do all three specimens (sample of use) need to be different or can they all be the same?
What is the date of first use?
Can I get a renewal form from your website?
Does my national tradeMark preclude me from filing in the state of Nevada?
Can I renew my Mark online?
Can I register for more than one Mark on an application?
Can I list more than one classification number on the application?
Which form do I use if I sell or transfer the Mark to another party?
What are the Mark filing fees?
Am I required to terminate my domestic partnership in order to get married in Nevada?
If I am registered as a domestic partner in Nevada, will my domestic partnership be automatically converted to a marriage as a result of the Ninth Circuit ruling?
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Q: What is the State Business License annual renewal fee, and when is it due?
A:

The annual renewal fee is $500 for Corporations, and $200 for all other business entity types. The fee and renewal form are due on the last day of the anniversary month in which the license was originally filed. 

For Title 7 entities, the renewal date coincides with the due date of the Annual List of Officers and is part of the annual list.

For sole proprietors and partnerships (NT7), the State Business License must be renewed on or before the expiration date listed on the license. NT7 business license exemptions must be renewed annually.

Q: What is the cost of a State Business License, and when is it due?
A:

The State Business License Fee is $500 for Corporations, and $200 for all other business types. The State Business License must be renewed annually.

For entities that are formed under NRS Title 7, the business license fee is due at the time an Initial List of Officers or Annual List of Officers is due. The State Business License Fee is in addition to the fees for the initial or annual list.

For Non-Title 7 businesses (NT7) such as sole proprietors and partnerships, the business license application is required as soon as you begin to conduct business in Nevada and thereafter must be renewed annually.

Check, debit card, trust account, credit card and cash (only in-person) are accepted forms of payment.

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 Barbara K. Cegavske
202 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4201

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: What chapters of the Nevada Revised Statutes contain the provisions for Service Marks, Trademarks and Trade Names?
A:
Chapter 600 of the Nevada Revised Statutes contains the provisions for filing Marks with the Secretary of State.
Q: Where do I submit my Mark registration and other Mark forms?
A:
Currently, Mark registrations and related filings are processed in our Las Vegas Office via mail, fax or drop-off.
Q: Where do I get Mark forms?
A:
All forms, except the Mark renewal form, may be obtained online from our forms page or by contacting our Las Vegas Commercial Recordings Division at 702-486-2880.
Q: What is the difference between a Service Mark, tradeMark and Trade Name?
A:

NRS 600.290 – 310 define all 3 Marks.

  • NRS 600.290: "Service Mark" means a Mark used in the sale or advertising of services to identify the services of one person and distinguish them from the services of others.
  • NRS 600.300: "TradeMark" means any word, name, symbol or device or any combination of them adopted and used by a person to identify goods made or sold by that person and to distinguish them from goods made or sold by others.
  • NRS 600.310: "Trade name" means a word symbol device or any combination of them used by a person to identify his business, vocation or occupation and distinguish it from the business, vocation or occupation of others.
Q: What is the duration of a "Mark"?
A:
The duration of a Mark registration is five years from the date of registration. A Mark may be renewed for another five years by filing a Mark renewal form within six months of the expiration date.
Q: What is a specimen?
A:
A specimen is a sample or photograph showing exact representation of the Mark as actually used. Specimens commonly provided include letterhead, advertising, brochures and other items that show the Mark as actually used.
Q: Do all three specimens (sample of use) need to be different or can they all be the same?
A:
The Secretary of State will accept specimens that are different or all the same.
Q: What is the date of first use?
A:
Date of first use means the Mark must be in use before submitting the Mark registration form. The date must include month, day and year. The date must be a date prior to the notary date on the application.
Q: Can I get a renewal form from your website?
A:
Currently, a renewal form cannot be obtained from our website. Please contact the Secretary of State's Las Vegas office at 702-486-2880 and the office will generate the renewal form.
Q: Does my national tradeMark preclude me from filing in the state of Nevada?
A:
Generally, if a Mark registration is needed in Nevada, it must be filed with our office. A Mark registration filed with our office is good only for the state of Nevada.
Q: Can I renew my Mark online?
A:
No, currently, a renewal form must be submitted to our Las Vegas Commercial Recordings Division.
Q: Can I register for more than one Mark on an application?
A:
No, only one Mark may be registered per application.
Q: Can I list more than one classification number on the application?
A:
No, only one classification number is allowed per application.
Q: Which form do I use if I sell or transfer the Mark to another party?
A:
An Assignment of Mark form is used to record the sale, transfer or assignment.
Q: What are the Mark filing fees?
A:
Please see the fee schedules page.
Q: Am I required to terminate my domestic partnership in order to get married in Nevada?
A:
There is no requirement to terminate a State of Nevada domestic partnership at the time of a marriage between the same two partners.
Q: If I am registered as a domestic partner in Nevada, will my domestic partnership be automatically converted to a marriage as a result of the Ninth Circuit ruling?
A:

No, the domestic partnerships in Nevada will not be automatically converted to marriages. Marriage licenses are handled by County Clerks. Those wishing to get married in Nevada should contact the County Clerk’s Office for the county/city in which they wish to get married to obtain a marriage license.

Click here for a list of Clerks: http://www.nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=163

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