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Franchise State Regulations

The Franchise State Registration Process

Getting Started

The Franchise State Registration Process requires that a Franchise Model is registered or filed in certain states in order to offer or market a franchise program.

The included map documents states that either have filing or registration processes in place.  The Green States require the payment of a fee and the submission of the Franchise Disclosure while the orange states only require the submission of a filing form.

These States require registration and approval of Franchise Disclosure Document prior to selling in the state or from the state.  These fees can and may change depending on the state regulators.

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

Franchise 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

Franchise Registration Fee Hawaii  $125

ILLINOIS
Franchise Division Office of Attorney General 500 South Second Street

Franchise Registration Fee  Illinois $500

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

Franchise Registration Fee Indiana $500

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

Franchise Registration Fee Maryland $ 500

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

Franchise Registration Fee Michigan $ 250

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

Franchise Registration Fee Minnesota $400

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

Franchise Registration Fee North Dakota $250

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

Franchise 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

Download the FTC Franchise Rule Compliance Guide now.

Part 436 sets forth those amendments to the Franchise Rule pertaining to the offer and sale of franchises.
Part 437 sets forth a revised form of the original Franchise Rule pertaining solely to the offer and sale of business opportunities.

Non-Registration States

The following 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 and have an approved FDD.

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 is a Franchise Filing State and has a franchise filing fee of $400.

Florida is a Franchise Filing State and has a franchise filing fee of $100.

Kentucky is a Franchise Filing State and has a franchise filing fee of $0.

Maine is a Franchise Filing State and has a filing fee of $25.

Nebraska is a Franchise Filing State and has a filing fee of $100.

North Carolina is a Franchise Filing State and has a filing fee of $250.

South Carolina is a Franchise Filing State and has a filing fee of $100.

Texas is a Franchise Filing State and has a filing fee of $25.

Utah is a Franchise Filing State and has a filing fee of $100.

For support and franchise registration or franchise filings in States across the U.S., contact us: 800-610-0292 / info@franchisemarketingsystems.com

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