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How Do I Register A Franchise In California?

To register a franchise in California the following documents are necessary and must be submitted to the California Department of Corporations along with a check to register the franchise in the amount $675 payable to "California Commissioner of Corporations":

  • Application Cover Page
  • An authorized officer, manager or general partner should sign the application. A person holding a power of attorney may sign if the authorizing corporate resolution is including.
  • Supplemental Information Page
  • Sales Agent Disclosure Form. COmplete a form only for each person offering and selling the franchise in California, unless the person is named in Item 2 of the Offering Circular. Send a clean copy (marked CONFIDENTIAL) and one that redacts (black out) home address and telephone number, SSN and birth date.
  • One copy of the offering Offering Circular in the Uniform Franchise Offering circular (UFOC) format in the packet (UFOC as adopted by NASAA on April 25, 1993). Note the Mandatory Disclosure Requirements outlined in Rule 310.114.1 that make some changes to the format.
  • Consent to Service (not required for a California corporation but is required for all other California entities such as an CA LP or CA LLC and foreign entities.
  • Customer Authorized Form
  • Send only one set of all documents
  • Financial Statements

All documents should be mailed to one of the following addresses:

California Department of Corporation
320 West 4th Street, Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90013

California Department of Corporation
71 Stevenson Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94105

California Department of Corporations
1515 K Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814

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