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Alabama Franchise Filing and FDD Registration: Franchising in Alabama

Alabama is not a Franchise Registration State.

The State of Alabama is not a franchise registration state. This means that to offer or sell franchises in Alabama you do not need to register your Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”) with the state. Nevertheless, you must still comply with the Federal Franchise Rule which requires that you properly disclose a validly issued FDD prior to signing any franchise agreement with an Alabama franchisee or accepting any payments from an Alabama franchisee.

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The Franchise Relationships, the FDD and The Franchise Disclosure Process

Franchise relationships are created through agreements that, typically, involve (a) the license of a trademark, (b) the payment of an initial fee, and (c) a degree of control that is exerted over the licensed business. Under the Federal Franchise Rule, before offering or selling a franchise, a franchisor must disclose its FDD not less than 14 days prior to accepting any funds from the franchisee or the signing of any agreements. The documents needed to start a franchise include the FDD, state specific addendums, financial statements, and an operations manual.

Alabama Franchise Law Links and Resources

  • Alabama Department of Revenue – Link to the business section of the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website. The Department is responsible for regulating business licenses and taxes.
  • Alabama Small Business Development Center Network – Link to the Alabama Small Business Development Center implemented in coordination with the Small Business Administration and providing resources and information for businesses in Alabama.
  • Guide to Doing Business in Alabama – Link to the “Guide to Doing Business in Alabama” published by the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network.

Visit our interactive franchise registration map and learn more about state franchise laws, FDD registration states and required franchise filings.

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