You want to start a franchise in your state, but uncertain about the rules for franchise registration and the associated filing fees. This article will detail the type of fees you need to pay and the process that is governed by each state.

To register a franchise, there are three types, but they are subject to change, therefore, please check each state’s current rules & regulations. The three primary types of franchise state registrations are:

  1. Non-Registration States: these are states where you just need a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
  2. Filing States: these are the states that need to pay for a filing fee and will not need additional approval
  3. Franchise Registration States: these are the states that require filing, fee, and approval by the state

Non-Registration States


The following states do not require franchise registration or filing fees. The state regulates that the franchisor follows the FDD guidelines and have an approved FDD. So it is quite easy to register a franchise in these states.

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
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming

To Register a Franchise: Filing States


To register a franchise in a particular state, it requires the franchisor to file and pay a fee but does not require the franchisor to submit documents and seek approval to sell franchises.

Connecticut has a franchise registration filing fee of $400.

Florida has a franchise registration filing fee of $100.

Kentucky has a franchise registration filing fee of $0.

Maine has a filing fee of $25.

Nebraska has a filing fee of $100.

North Carolina has a filing fee of $250.

South Carolina has a filing fee of $100.

Texas has a filing fee of $25.

Utah has a filing fee of $100.

States that Require Franchise Registration and Fees


To register a franchise, these are the states that require franchise registration and approval of FDD prior to selling in or from the state. These fees can and may change depending on the state regulators.

CALIFORNIA – Fee $675

HAWAII – Fee $125

ILLINOIS – Fee $500

INDIANA – Fee $500

MARYLAND – Fee $500

MICHIGAN – Fee $250

MINNESOTA – Fee $400

NORTH DAKOTA – Fee $250

NEW YORK – Fee $750

RHODE ISLAND – Registration Fee $500

SOUTH DAKOTA – Registration Fee $250

VIRGINIA – Registration Fee $500

WASHINGTON – Registration Fee $600

WISCONSIN – Registration Fee $400

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