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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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