The Nevada Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board governs the gaming industry of Nevada. It issues and regulates gaming licenses within Nevada. You need this license if you want to operate casino games such as slot online, poker, and more.
Types of license
There are two types of obtainable licenses in Nevada. Those are the Restricted License and Non-Restricted License.
- Determine what your business needs.
- Check if your business is suitable.
- Complete your application. You need to submit several forms.
- Form 1: personal identity, type of license needed;
- Form 2: information about partners, directors, shareholders, bonuses and profit sharing information;
- 12-page personal history questionnaire: You need 3 character references. You also need to input your name, age, citizenship, and other previous residences. Family information, arrests, litigation, detentions, and military records must also be ready. You should also provide your 25-year employment history;
- Form 20: financial status including revenue for investment, source of revenue, and role in management;
- Form 15: location information, pictures of business, most number of patrons, business hours, and copy of lease or deed;
- Form 27: determination if slot machines are secondary to your primary business;
- Forms 10, 17, 18, 28, and 28A: allows the Board to conduct a criminal background check; permit for the Board to access your financial information.
Application fee is $150 and $550 for the investigation fee. Both are non-refundable. There may be more investigative fees depending on the investigation. You may also receive a refund once the process ends.
You will receive a notification for your public hearing once the Board completes the investigation. The request for appearance may be for submission of more information.
It takes about 4-6 months from filing an application to your public hearing. The time frame varies and depend on the complexity of the application and the workload of the Board and Commission. The Board may accept, deny, approve with conditions, or refer applications.
- Determine your need for a license.
- Work with a gaming attorney to make the process quicker.
- Complete your application. The process is long and extensive. You will provide pages of information. Some of these are:
- tax information;
- criminal background;
- fingerprint cards;
- a personal history disclosure form;
- a $500 check;
- salary assets; and
- third-party requests for the release of information from banks and employees.
The GCB charges $70 per hour for reviewing your application and investigating your background. A simple investigation may cost about $30,000. A complex one costs over a million dollars.