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Franchise State Registration Requirements

We have prepared a guide to registering your Franchise in various states. Please contact us if you are interested in discussing what it takes to turn your existing business into a franchise.

Guide to Registering Your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) in Various States

These States require registration and approval of Franchise Documents prior to selling in the state or from the state. All fees subject to change.

CALIFORNIA
Franchise Division Department of Corporations 1515 K Street, Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95814

Registration Fee California $ 675

HAWAII
Commissioner of Securities Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Registration Division Securities Compliance Branch 335 Merchant Street, Room 203, Honolulu, HA 96813

Registration Fee Hawaii $125

ILLINOIS
Franchise Division Office of Attorney General 500 South Second Street

Registration Fee Illinois $ 500

INDIANA
Franchise Division Office of Secretary of State 302 W. Washington St., Rm. E111 Indianapolis, IN 46204

Registration Fee Indiana $ 500

MARYLAND
Office of the Attorney General Division of Securities 200 St Paul Place Baltimore, Maryland21202-2020

Registration Fee Maryland $ 500

MICHIGAN
Consumer Protection Division Franchise Section PO Box 30213 Lansing MI 48909

Registration Fee Michigan $ 250

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Department of Commerce 85 7th Place East, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101-2198

Registration Fee Minnesota $400

NORTH DAKOTA
Franchise Division Office of Securities Commission 600 East Boulevard – 5th Floor Bismarck, ND 58505

Registration Fee North Dakota $ 250

NEW YORK
Franchise & Securities Division State Department of Law 120 Broadway 23rd Floor New York NY 10271

Registration Fee New York $ 750

OREGON
Corporate Securities Section
Dept. of Insurance & Finance
Labor & Industries Bldg.
Salem, or 97310

RHODE ISLAND
Franchise Office
Division of Securities
John O. Pastore Office Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Bldg. 69-1
Cranston, RI 02910

Registration Fee Rhode Island $ 500

SOUTH DAKOTA
Department of Revenue and Regulation Division of Securities 445 East Capitol Ave. Pierre, SD 57501

Registration Fee South Dakota $ 250

VIRGINIA
State Corporation Commission
Division of Securities and Retail Franchising
1300 E. Main St. 9th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Registration Fee Virginia $ 500

WASHINGTON (STATE)
The Department of Financial Institutions Securities Division P.O. Box 9033 Olympia, WA 98507-9033

Registration Fee Washington $ 600

WISCONSIN
Department of Financial Institutions Division of Securities 345 West Washington Ave., 4th Floor Madison, WI 53703

Registration Fee Wisconsin $ 400

Non-Registration States

The following list of  States do not require filing or registration to be able to sell Franchises in the State. They only require that the Franchisor follow the FTC Guidelines.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Delaware

District of Columbia

Georgia

Idaho

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

OHIO

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Vermont

West Virginia

Wyoming

Filing States

A Filing State is one that requires the Franchisor to file and pay a fee, but does not require the Franchisor to submit documents and seek approval to sell Franchises, like a registration State.

Connecticut $ 400 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

Florida $100 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

Kentucky $0 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

Maine $ 25 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

Nebraska $ 100 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

North Carolina $ 250 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

South Carolina $ 100 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

Texas $ 25 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.

Utah $ 100 is a Franchising Filing State. It is not necessary to register your franchise in this State. You are required to issue the Franchise Disclosure Document required by the FTC, 14 days prior to accepting any money or commitment from a potential franchisee. There is a required filing fee to be paid in this state.