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Franchise FDD Registration in Indiana State

Indiana Franchise Registration Status: Registration State
State Registration Fee: $500.00

The State of Indiana is a franchise registration state. Prior to offering or selling a franchise in Indiana, franchisors must file and register their FDD with the Indiana Secretary of State. Indiana franchise registration must be renewed no less frequently than annually.

In the State of Indiana franchisors must file and register their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) with the Indiana Secretary of State. The Securities Division of the Secretary of State is charged with overseeing FDD registration and the regulation of franchise sales activities in the state. Indiana has also enacted franchise relationship laws that govern the relationship between franchisors and franchisees.

To learn more about registering your franchise in Indiana and how we can help, give us a call at (800) 976-4904 or contact us.

Indiana Franchise Registration FAQ’s

Who Regulates Franchises in Indiana?

The Indiana Secretary of State, Securities Division, regulates and oversees the FDD registrations. The Securities Division also oversees franchise complaints and enforcement of Indiana franchise laws.

Where Are Fdd Registration and Renewal Applications Filed?

Applications for initial FDD registration and annual renewal are filed with the Indiana Secretary of State, at:

Indiana Secretary of State
Securities Division
302 West Washington Street, Room E-111
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Their telephone number is: (317) 232-6681

What Should I Include with My Initial Franchise Registration Application?

The initial franchise registration application should include:

  • Initial registration filing fee of $500 payable to “Indiana Securities Division”
  • Uniform Franchise Registration Application;
  • Consent to Service of Process;
  • Franchise Disclosure Document submitted on CD ROM (the Division does not accept printed FDDs – electronic format only);
  • Franchise Seller Disclosure Forms submitted on CD ROM;

What Are the Fees for Franchise Registration Applications in Indiana?

The initial registration fee is $500. The filing fees for FDD registration renewals and amendments are $250.

When Must I Renew My Indiana Fdd Registration?

No less frequently than annually and not later than within 120 days of the end of the franchisor’s fiscal year.

What Are the Indiana Franchise Laws?

The Indiana franchise laws are comprised of the Indiana Franchise Act and the Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act. The Indiana Franchise Act relates, primarily, to FDD disclosure and registration requirements, while the Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices act is a series of franchise relationship laws that govern the relationship between franchisor and franchisee.

Has Indiana Enacted Franchise Relationship Laws?

Yes. The Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act is a franchise relationship law that affords supplemental statutory rights to Indiana franchisees. Among other things, the Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act:

  • Regulates Indiana franchise agreements and prohibits certain agreement provisions related to the franchisor-franchisee relationship;
  • Regulates franchisor-franchisee relations and prohibits franchisors from engaging in certain acts and practices involving, among other things, the supply of goods and services, vendor relationships, discrimination among franchisees, franchisee rights and vendor rebates; and
  • Requires that franchisors provide franchisees with a 90 day notice of termination or non-renewal.

The Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act provides detail as to the specific franchise agreement provisions and the specific franchisor activities that are prohibited by the Act. Click here to review the text of the Act.

Useful Links Concerning Indiana Franchise Laws:

Indiana Securities Division – This is the primary page for the Securities Division of the Indiana Secretary of State. The Securities Division is responsible for franchise registrations and enforcement.

Indiana Franchise Resources Page – This is the franchise resources page published by the Securities Division. This page includes important information about Indiana franchise registration fees, renewal fees and amendment filings. To learn more about State Franchise Laws, click here.

Charles Internicola

by Charles Internicola
National Business and Franchise Lawyer

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