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.

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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.

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California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation 2101 Arena Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95834

Franchise Registration Fee California $ 675


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


Franchise Division Office of Attorney General 500 South Second Street

Franchise Registration Fee  Illinois $500


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

Franchise Registration Fee Indiana $500


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

Franchise Registration Fee Maryland $ 500


Michigan Attorney General’s Office
Consumer Protection Division
Attn: Franchise Section
525 W. Ottawa Street
Williams Building, 1st Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

Franchise Registration Fee Michigan $ 250


Minnesota Department of Commerce
Securities Unit
85 7thPlace East, Suite 280
St. Paul, MN 55101-2198

Franchise Registration Fee Minnesota $400


North Dakota Securities Department
600 East Boulevard Ave., State Capital Fifth Floor, Dept. 414
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510

Franchise Registration Fee North Dakota $250


New York State Department of Law
Investor Protection Bureau
28 Liberty Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10005

Franchise Registration Fee New York $750


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


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

Registration Fee Rhode Island $ 500


Department of Labor and Regulation
Division of Insurance
Securities Regulation
124 S. Euclid Suite 104
Pierre, SD 57501

Registration Fee South Dakota $ 250


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

Registration Fee Virginia $ 500


Department of Financial Institutions
Securities Division
150 Israel Rd SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Registration Fee Washington $ 600


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.

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