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Florida Franchise Registration and Franchise Law

Florida Franchise Registration Status: Filing State
State Filing Fee: $100.00

Florida is a franchise filing state. Before offering or selling a franchise in the State of Florida, you must have a properly prepared and current Franchise Disclosure Document and you must file an Annual Franchise Notice of Exemption with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

Florida Franchise Filing Information

Who Regulates Franchises in the State?

The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services regulates and oversees the enforcement of Florida’s Business Opportunity Act, which requires franchisors to file for an annual notice of exemption.

How Do You Qualify for an Exemption?

To qualify for an exemption from the Florida Business Opportunity Act, your franchise offering must satisfy the Federal Franchise Rule through the issuance of a valid and current Franchise Disclosure Document, and you must file an annual notice of exemption.

Where Do You File for an Exemption and What Is the Fee?

You must file your Franchise Exemption Application with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. You must include a filing fee in the amount of $100 by check payable to “FDACS.” Your application and filing fee must be mailed to:

P.O. Box 6700
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700

Do I Have to File Annually?

Yes, you must file annually. Your exemption will be good for one year and it must be renewed on an annual basis.

How Long Will It Take for My Exemption to Be Approved?

As long as your application is complete and you have included the proper information, generally you will receive a response within a week. Once submitted, your application will be assigned to a regulatory specialist. Upon review and approval of your application, you will receive a notice advising you that you have been granted an exemption under Section 559.802 of the Florida Statutes. The notice will advise you of the effective date of your exemption and the expiration date.

Need assistance registering your FDD? Give us a call at (800) 976-4904 or fill out a contact form to learn more.

Helpful Links

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services – This page links to information provided by the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services for franchise sellers. This page includes information about Florida’s Exemption filing and the exemption application.

Florida Exemption Statute – This page contains portions of the Florida Statute that applies to franchise exemptions. Section 559.802 of the Florida Statutes provides the framework for compliant franchisors to obtain an annual exemption from Florida’s business opportunity offering requirements.

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