Buy Your Own Business

There are 13 states in the United States that requires the franchise company to register prior to offering or selling franchises. If you are going to locate your franchise in any of these states, then you need to know if the franchise is registered with the state.  

Registration States

California
Franchise Division
Department of Corporations
1515 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-7205

New York 
Franchise & Securities Division
State Department of Law
120 Broadway, 23rd Floor 
New York NY 10271
(212) 416-8211

Hawaii
Franchise & Securities Division
State Department of Commerce
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, HA 96813
(808) 586-2722

North Dakota
Franchise Division
Office of Securities Commission
600 East Boulevard - 5th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-2910

Illinois
Franchise Division,
Office of Attorney General
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-4465

Rhode Island
Franchise Office,
Division of Securities
233 Richmond St. - Suite 232
Providence, RI 02903
401) 222-3048

Indiana
Franchise Division
Office of Secretary of State
302 W. Washington St., Rm. E111
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-6681

Virginia 
Franchise Office 
State Corporation Commission 
1300 E. Main St. 
Richmond, VA 23219 
(804) 371-9276

Maryland
Franchise Office
Division of Securities
200 St. Paul Place - 20th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
410) 576-6360

Washington 
The Department of Financial Institutions,
Securities Division 
P.O. Box 9033 
Olympia, WA 98507-9033 
Voice: (360) 902-8760 
Fax: (360) 586-5068

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

Wisconsin 
Franchise Office 
Wisconsin Securities Commission 
P.O. Box 1768 
Madison, WI 53701 
608) 266-3364

Minnesota
Franchise Division
Department of Commerce
133 East Seventh St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-6328



Information about these registration states can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website.