State Franchise Law

Alabama Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Alabama Department of Revenue

Alaska Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Alaska Business Opportunity Law and Alaska Department of Revenue

Arizona Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Arizona Department of Revenue

Arkansas Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Arkansas Franchise Practices Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

California Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
California Franchise Investment Law. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
California Department of Corporations
Useful Links:
California Department of Corporations, the California Franchise Tax Board and the California Seller Assisted Marketing Plan

Colorado Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Colorado Department of Revenu

Connecticut Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Connecticut Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and Connecticut Business Opportunity Investment Act

Delaware Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Delaware Franchise Securities Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Delaware Division of Corporations

District of Columbia (DC) Franchise Laws
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue

Florida Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
The Florida Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Florida Department of Revenue

Georgia Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Georgia Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Georgia Fair Business Practices Act and Georgia Department of Revenue

Hawaii Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Hawaii Franchise Investment Law. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Useful Links:
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Hawaii Department of Taxation

Idaho Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Idaho Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links: Idaho State Tax Commission

Illinois Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Illinois Attorney General
Useful Links:
Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Department of Revenue

Indiana Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Indiana Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Indiana Securities Division
Useful Links:
Indiana Business Opportunity Transactions, Indiana Taxes & Finance and Indiana Securities

Iowa Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Iowa Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Iowa Department of Revenue

Kansas Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Kansas Responsible Franchise Practices Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Kansas Department of Revenue

Kentucky Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Kentucky Sale of Business Opportunities (360.00..80 – 360.00.819) and the Kentucky Department of Revenue

Louisiana Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Louisiana Department of Revenue

Maine Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Maine Regulation of the Sale of Business Opportunities and Maine Revenue Services

Maryland Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Maryland Franchise Law. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Maryland Attorney General
Useful Links:
Maryland Attorney General and the Comptroller of Maryland

Massachusetts Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Michigan Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State (notice only)
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Michigan Franchise Investment Law. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Michigan Attorney General
Useful Links:
Michigan Attorney General and Michigan Department of Treasury

Minnesota Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Minnesota Franchise Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Useful Links:
Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Revenue

Mississippi Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Mississippi Department of Revenue

Missouri Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Missouri Department of Revenue

Montana Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Montana Department of Revenue

Nebraska Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Nebraska Franchise Practices Act (87-401 through 87-410). Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance and Nebraska

Nevada Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Nevada Department of Taxation

New Mexico Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department

New Hampshire Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration

New Jersey Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
New Jersey Franchise Practices Act (N.J.S.A. 56:10-1). Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
New Jersey Division of Taxation

New York Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
New York Franchise Sales Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
New York Attorney General
Useful Links:
New York Attorney General and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

North Carolina Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
North Carolina Department of Revenue

North Dakota Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
North Dakota Franchise Investment Law. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
North Dakota Securities Department

Ohio Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Ohio Department of Taxation

Oklahoma Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Oklahoma Business Opportunity Sales Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Oklahoma Tax Commission

Oregon Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Regulation State (no filing)
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Oregon Revised Statute for Franchises and Oregon Administrative Rules for Franchises. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Oregon Finance & Corporate Securities Division
Useful Links:
Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities

Pennsylvania Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Rhode Island Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Rhode Island Franchise Investment Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation Securities Division
Useful Links:
State of Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Rhode Island Division of Taxation

South Carolina Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable

South Dakota Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
South Dakota Franchise Investment Law. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
South Dakota Securities Division
Useful Links:
South Dakota Securities Division and the South Dakota Department of Revenue & Regulation

Tennessee Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Tennessee Franchise Disclosure Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Tennessee Department of Revenue

Texas Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Texas Business Opportunity Disclosure Law and Texas Comptroller Office

Vermont Franchise Law
Registration State:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Vermont Department of Taxes
Virginia Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Code of Virginia – Securities Act, Code of Virginia – Franchising Act, of and Code Virginia Trademarks & Service marks Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Virginia Division of Securities & Retail Franchising
Useful Links:
Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia Department of Taxation

Utah Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Filing State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Utah Business Opportunity Disclosure Act and Utah State Tax Commission

Washington Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Franchise Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act. Also refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
Useful Links:
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and Washington State Department of Revenue

West Virginia Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
West Virginia State Tax Department

West Virginia Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
West Virginia State Tax Department

Wyoming Franchise Law
Registration Status:
Non-Registration State
Relevant State Franchise Law's):
Not Applicable. Refer to the FTC Franchise Rule.
Relevant Registration Entity:
Not Applicable
Useful Links:
Wyoming Department of Revenue

State Offices Administering Business Opportunity Disclosure Laws

Twenty-six states have business opportunity laws. Most of these laws prohibit sales of business opportunities unless the seller gives potential purchasers a pre-sale disclosure document that has first been filed with a designated state agency.

State business opportunity laws typically cover every imaginable type of business opportunity that might be offered. If a business opportunity seller is not required to provide pre-sale disclosures by the Franchise Rule, these disclosures will almost always be required by the laws of the states listed below.

The disclosures required by state business opportunity laws differ, and usually provide more abbreviated information than the FTC’s Franchise and Business Opportunity Rule requires. However, most of these laws provide important rights and remedies for business opportunity investors, including required security bonds to cover investor losses.

If you are considering purchasing a work-at-home or other business opportunity, and reside in a state with a business opportunity law, we encourage you to find out more about the protection provided by your state statute before you invest.

Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin


Alaska (filing required)
Attorney General’s Office
Commercial and Fair Business Section
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 269-5200


California (filing required)
Attorney General's Office
110 West A Street, Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92101
Toll-free in California only (800) 952-5225
Out-of-state callers (619) 645-2050
Website: www.doj.ca.gov

Connecticut (filing required)
Department of Banking
Securities Division
260 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 240-8299
Toll-free: (800) 831-7225
Fax: (860) 240-8295
Website: http://www.state.ct.us/dob
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Florida (filing required)
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Consumer Services
Terry Lee Rhodes Building
2005 Apalachee Pkwy.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Out-of-State Callers (850) 488-2221
Toll-Free FL Only (800) 435-7352
Website: www.800helpfla.com
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Georgia (no filing required)
Office of Consumer Affairs
No. 2 - Martin Luther King Dr.
Plaza Level, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 656-3790

llinois (filing required)
Illinois Securities Department
Jefferson Terrace
300 West Jefferson St., Suite 300A
Springfield, IL 62702
(217)782-2256 Fax (217) 782-8876
Website: www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/securities/business_opportunities/home.html
www.ilsos.net

Indiana (filing required)
Indiana Office of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
302 West Washington Street
IGCS 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-6330

Iowa (filing required)
No longer requires filing but requires a full franchise document with audited financials and disclosure prior to sale
Securities Bureau
Second Floor
Lucas State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4441

Kentucky (filing required)
Office of the Attorney General
Office of Consumer Protection
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 200
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 696-5389

Louisiana (bond filing req'd)
Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section
1885 3rd St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 326-6460

Maine (filing required)
Banking Bureau
Securities Division
State House - Station 121
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-8551

Maryland (filing required)
Attorney General's Office
Securities Division
200 St. Paul Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(301) 576-6360

Michigan (notice required)
Consumer Protection Division
Dept. of the Attorney General
PO Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-7117

Minnesota (filing required)
Department of Commerce
Registration Division
133 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-6328

Nebraska (filing required)
Dept. of Banking & Finance
Commerce Court
1230 “O” Street, Suite 400
PO Box 95006
Lincoln, NE, 68509-5006
402-471-2171 1-877-471-3445
Website: www.ndbf.org/

New Hampshire (filing required)
Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Div.
State House Annex
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3641

North Carolina (filing required)
North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
(919) 807-2000

Ohio (no filing required)
Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Section
25th Floor, State Office Tower
30 E. Broad Street - 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-8831
800-282-0515 (in-state only)
Website: www.ag.state.oh.us

Oklahoma (filing required unless exempt)
Oklahoma Department. of Securities
Suite 860, First National Center
120 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 280-7700 (voice)
(405) 280-7742 (fax)
Website: www.securities.ok.gov

South Carolina (filing required)
1205 Pendleton St., Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
P.O. Box 11350
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 734-1958
Website: www.scsos.com

South Dakota (filing required)
South Dakota Division of Securities
445 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-4823
Website: www.state.sd.us/drr2/reg/securities/franchise.htm
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Texas (filing required)
Secretary of State's Office
Statutory Documents Section
1019 Brazos St. (78701)
P.O. Box 12887
Austin, TX 78711-2887
(512) 475-1769
Website: www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#BOAF

Utah (filing required)
Consumer Protection Division
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 530-6601

Virginia (no filing required)
Consumer Affairs Office
101 North 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-0594
(800) 451-1525 (in-state only)

Washington (filing required)
The Department of Financial Institutions
Securities Division
P.O. Box 9033
Olympia, WA 98507-9033
Voice: (360) 902- 8760
Fax (360) 902-0524
Website: www.dfi.wa.gov


Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
Trade and Consumer Protection
P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911
(800) 422-7128

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