Obtaining a Restricted Gaming License in Nevada
September 2016

First-time visitors to Nevada often are amazed by the rows of slot machines adorning the entrances to supermarkets. Nevada is unique in that it allows business owners to supplement the income from their primary business with revenues from gaming devices. However, only certain businesses are eligible to have gaming devices. In order to place up to 15 slot machines at a business location, the business owner or the company that places the devices must first obtain a restricted gaming license.

The application procedure for a restricted gaming license appears complex and intimidating. Indeed, each application package begins with the ominous warning “an applicant for a state gaming license is seeking the granting of a privilege, and the burden of proving his/her qualifications to receive such a license is at all times on the applicant. An applicant must accept any risk of adverse public notice, embarrassment, criticism, or other action, or financial loss which may result from action with respect to an applicant, and expressly waives any claim for damages as a result thereof”.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide a guide to explain and demystify the restricted gaming license application process.

This booklet contains:

Obtaining a Restricted Gaming License in Nevada      - What Does a Restricted Gaming License Allow a Business to Do? 
      - When Are Slot Machines Incidental to the Primary Purpose of a Business? 
      - Who Needs a Restricted License? 
      - Which Individuals Associated With the Business Owner Need to File Applications and Be Licensed? 
      - What Needs to Be Filed? 
      - What Type of Investigation is Conducted? 
      - What Happens After the Investigation? 
      - How Much Does the Process Cost? 
      - How Long Does the Process Take? 
      - What Are the Typical Reasons an Application Might Be Denied?

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