Nevada Division of Insurance

Nevada is one of the older captive domiciles in the United States, and it is also a domicile that has enjoyed significant growth since 2010, as well as weathering the challenges in the current market.

At the end of 2023, Nevada had, including cell captives, 254 active captives, down from 299 in 2022 but up sharply from 143 in 2013.

In addition, excluding cell captives, 27 percent of Nevada captives were formed by sales and service-related industries; 24 percent have been formed in the banking and financial services industries; 17 percent were formed by industrial companies, which includes agricultural transportation and manufacturing companies; 9 percent were formed by healthcare companies; and 6 percent were formed by public utilities and government entities.

Nevada captive regulators attribute the state's growth as a captive domicile to several factors, including the state's early passage—in 1999—of captive legislation.

"Nevada earned a position of captive leadership through early entry in the market. This head-start helped establish a base of over 100 companies by 2010," said Robert Gallegos, the Program Officer at the Nevada Division of Insurance in Carson City.

Legislative changes in 2019 boosted Nevada's appeal as a captive domicile. For example, Nevada statutes now include a dormancy status that significantly reduces costs and filing requirements, as well as reduces the amount of capital and surplus a captive must maintain.

Another positive development is its new captive association, the Nevada Captive Insurance Council (NCIC). The NCIC was launched in early 2020 to promote, protect, and enhance the state as a captive domicile.

A key factor, captive managers say, that has driven Nevada's captive growth is the quality of their regulatory staff.  

Premium taxes assessed on captives are modest with a $5,000 annual minimum tax and a $175,000 maximum. New captives receive a first-year $5,000 tax credit.

Capital and surplus requirements vary by type of captive. For example, the minimum capital and surplus requirements are $200,000 for a single-parent captive, $500,000 for an association captive and sponsored captives, $600,000 for an agency captive, and $800,000 for a rental captive.

All in all, Nevada has been and continues to be an attractive domicile, Mr. Gallegos notes.

"In Nevada, the captive industry enjoys low application expenses, simplified financial reporting requirements, a fair and consistent regulatory environment, and a team dedicated to providing prompt customer service and helping our captive insurers achieve success," he said.

Company Contacts

Program Officer
(775) 687–0748

Mailing Address:
1818 E. College Pkwy., Ste. 103
Carson City, NV 89706

Virtual Contact:
Email: [email protected]

Captive Domicile Summary

Nevada has attracted the attention of the captive insurance industry. Regulators point out the flexibility allowed under Nevada laws, allowing captive owners substantial leeway in developing captive insurance mechanisms. Recent amendments to its legislation reduce regulatory compliance expenses and simplify financial reporting in the state, and allow captives to go into dormancy. Nevada touts its existing financial infrastructure, its location and accessibility, and its reputation as an entertainment and convention center (Las Vegas) to compete with other domiciles for captive business.

Nevada teams up every year with Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah captive associations to host the Western Region Captive Insurance Conference (WRCIC).

For more information about the conference, contact the WRCIC at (775) 2834237, or email at [email protected].

Captive Domicile Statistics

Total Captive Count* Nevada
Year Captives
2023 100
2022 155
2021 161
2020 166
2019 174
*Excludes inactive captives and cell captives.
Captives' Gross Written Premiums Nevada
Year Premium Volume
2023 $380.0 million
2022 $482.3 million
2021 $400.6 million
2020 $387.1 million
2019 $389.4 million