An NAICS Code (North American Industry Classification System) is used by government agencies to identify your LLC’s type of business activities.

Everything You Need To Know About NAICS Codes For Your LLC

For you to set up an LLC in some states, you will need to have a NAICS code. NAICS, which is short for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This code will qualify you to obtain grants and buy contracts from government institutions.

What Is The Meaning Of NAICS Codes?

A NAICS code contains 6 numbers that are assigned by oneself. The function of the NAICS codes is to categorize business organizations according to their industries, sectors and subsectors.

NAICS, which stands for the North American Industry Classification System, categorizes companies and business organizations in the United States of America (USA), Canada and Mexico and helps collect important business data to study economic performance.

Should I Have A NAICS Code?

Not all states will need you to have a NAICS code when setting up your LLC. Therefore, you need to confirm if your state requires you to have a NAICS code, and if it is so, it may be impossible to set up your LLC with the NAICS code.

The following is a list of the states where a NAICS code is needed for your LLC formation:

New Mexico
New Hampshire
Mississippi
Louisiana
Georgia
Connecticut
Arkansas
Alaska

How Do I Use NAICS Codes?

NAICS codes are used to decide which businesses qualify to access specific government grants, government contracts and the Small Business Administration’s certificate.

Additionally, NAICS codes improve your likelihood of securing debts from commercial lenders. Commercial lenders always rely on industry comparisons to identify businesses that qualify to borrow money from them.

How Does NAICS Codes Help The Government?

NAICS is mainly used by the government for regulatory and management reasons. NAICS code helps in developing classification criteria with subcategories to identify the businesses that are eligible for small business loans issued through SBA.

Other ways the government may use the NAICS code include the following:

The federal and state governments rely on codes in all the economic sectors as well as public administration to ensure businesses comply with administrative, contracting and tax guidelines.

Additionally, the government uses NAICS codes to gather, organize and study data from different industrial sectors; NAICS codes assist the government to publish economic data in statistical form.

How Can I Get A NAICS Code?

You can easily get a NAICS code that suits the type of your business. We have provided the following instructions to enable you to obtain a NAICS when forming your LLC:

Go to the NAICS website

Use the “NAICS Search” bar to find your business’ industry of operation (i.e., restaurant, and plumbing among others)

To get more information on the code, click the NAICS title that best illustrates and defines your business activity.

Please note: If your business wants to venture into more than one economic activity, go for a secondary NAICS code; a business is allowed to select more than a single NAICS code.

Get in touch with the US Census Bureau via 1-888-756-2427 to get assistance if you are unable to locate your exact code.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a NAICS code assigned to me?

No. NAICS codes are self-assigned, meaning your business should assign one for itself.

How do I choose my NAICS code?

You can visit the NAICS website to assist you to locate the appropriate NAICS code to suit your business activities.

Use the US Company Lookup Tool to see an example of a NAICS code used by specific types of companies or industries.

Where can I get my NAICS code?

To find a NAICS code for your business, go to the US Census Bureau website and look for the NAIC title that closely describes your business. On the other hand, you may get in touch with the US Census Bureau and seek help through the number 1-888-756-2427.

Am I allowed to have more than one NAICS code?

Yes. Many businesses have a single primary NAICS code, however, you are allowed to select two or more codes if your business is dealing in different products or activities.

Must one register with the NAICS Association?

No. You can get a NAICS code even when you are not registered with the NAICS Association. Registering with the NAICS is not mandatory in any way.

Can I have a NAICS and SIC code at the same time?

Yes. You are allowed to hold the NAICS and the SIC code simultaneously; having one code does not affect the other.

What are some of the forms of NAICS codes?

You can find codes in different forms, ranging from 2 digit to 6 digit codes.

The first 2 numbers of the NAICS code indicate the economic sector of the business while the 3rd digit shows the subsector of the business. The 4th digit indicates the industry group of the business, the 5th digit represents the NAICS industry and the 6th indicates the national industry.

For instance, the NAICS code for a real estate broker is 531210 or “Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers.”