Obtaining a Non-Restricted Gaming License in Nevada
May 2014

In Nevada, four tiers of licensing capture almost everyone involved in the gaming industry. The first tier is gaming employees who must register with the gaming regulators. This process is fairly simple and involves a two page form, fingerprint cards and a modest fee. Here the gaming regulators focus on criminal history. The second tier is certain gaming employees and others associated with the gaming industry who, because of their positions, must register and undergo a more extensive review. For example, independent agents that bring high rollers to Nevada casinos must file more extensive forms and pay a $750 fee, which is reflective of a more substantial investigation.

Registrations, however, pale in comparison to licensing. The third tier is for the simplest form of licensing, which is for “restricted” locations. These are places like taverns, where a person wants to place 15 or fewer slot machines that are incidental to the main business. An applicant for a restricted license must complete an exhaustive application that covers his personal history and limited financial information. Because the license is for restricted gaming, the investigation is generally less expensive and less intrusive than an investigation for a non-restricted license. Nevertheless, the Board agents still conduct a thorough criminal background on all restricted applicants. Lewis and Roca also has a guide to obtaining a restricted license, which can be viewed online.

The most extensive background investigation is for a non-restricted gaming license. These are reserved for people holding the highest level positions in the gaming industry, such as ownership or top management.
Beside casino operators, a host of others need to obtain non-restricted gaming licenses. These include manufacturers and distributors of gaming equipment,? persons who share in gaming revenues, and slot route operators (persons that operate slot machines in other person’s businesses like taverns and convenience stores).

This guide concentrates on what it takes to obtain a non-restricted license in Nevada. 

  

    This booklet contains: 
      - Who Must Obtain a Non-Restricted Gaming License? 
      - What Is the Purpose of the Background Investigation for a Non-Restricted Gaming 
        License? 
      - How Does a Non-Restricted Application Begin? 
      - What Happens to the Non-Restricted Application After It is Filed? 
      - What Happens After the Fees Are Paid? 
      - What Documents Are Typically Requested From an Applicant? 
      - What Is the Background Investigation All About? 
      - What Is the Financial Background Investigation All About? 
      - What Is the Role of Counsel During the Investigation? 
      - What Happens After the Investigation Is Complete? 
      - What Happens at the Board Hearing? 
      - What Happens at the Commission Hearing? 
      - Judicial Review 
      - What Are the Reasons an Application Might Be Denied?
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