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There are a variety of states that require a franchise is registered with the governing body of that state.  These agencies or departments are tasked with the responsibility to protect the residents of that state and have their own rules and regulations that pertain to the franchise offering guidelines.  All states adhere to the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines, but franchise registration states take these guidelines a step further and proactively review franchises before they are permitted to be presented in that state.  The Franchise Registration States regard franchising as a security and take precautions to confirm that the appropriate franchise disclosure documents are in place and state level addendums are in place.  States such as California (Department of Business Oversight), New York (Department of Law) and Washington (Department of Financial Institutions) are examples of franchise registration states.  These franchise registration states may take up to 120 days to approve a franchise offering before the franchise may be presented to a potential buyer.  Franchise filing or notice states require that the franchisor go through an application or filing process to notify the state that a franchise will be offered there.  Although the process is generally simple, franchise filing states must be approached with the same level of caution and concern that franchise registration states in order to adhere to state level franchise requirements.  States such as Florida (Department of Agriculture), Texas and Utah would be examples of Franchise Filing States. 

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California (filing req’d)
Department of Business Oversight
One Sansome Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 972-8565

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

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

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

Maryland (filing req’d)
Franchise Office
Division of Securities
200 St. Paul Place – 20th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-6360

Michigan (only notice req’d)
Consumer Protection Division
Franchise Section
PO Box 30213
Lansing MI 48909

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

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

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

Oregon (no filing)
Corporate Securities Section
Dept. of Insurance & Finance
Labor & Industries Bldg.
Salem, OR 97310
(503) 378-4387

Rhode Island (filing req’d)
Franchise Office
Division of Securities
233 Richmond St. – Suite 232
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-3048

South Dakota (filing req’d)
Franchise Office
Division of Securities
910 E. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-4013

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

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

Wisconsin (filing req’d) 
Franchise Office
Wisconsin Securities Commission
P.O. Box 1768
Madison, WI 53701
(608) 266-3364

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