Michigan Franchise Registration and Filing a Notice of Intent
Michigan Franchise Registration Status: Registration State
State Registration Fee: $250.00
Michigan is a franchise registration state. However, unlike most states, Michigan does not require that you submit a copy of your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) for them to review. Due to Michigan being a "notice only" state you must file a Notice of Intent annually with the Michigan Attorney General.
The Notice of Intent to offer and sell franchises in Michigan should be typed on the franchisor's letterhead and should be in the following format:
- Name of Franchisor
- Franchisor's Business Name
- Franchisor's Principal Business Address
- Type of Business (optional)
A check payable to the State of Michigan in the amount of $250.00 (as of 2016) should be included when registering.
Where to Register Your Franchise in Michigan
Your Notice of Intent for franchising in Michigan should be sent to the Attorney General's Office. The address is Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Attn: Franchise Section, P.O. Box 30213, Lansing, MI 48909. The telephone number for the Michigan Attorney General is (517) 373-7117.
Michigan Franchise Laws
Michigan franchises fall under Section 445.1501-1546 of Michigan law, also known as the Michigan Franchise Investment Law. The Michigan Attorney General recommends that you get familiar with the Michigan Franchise Investment Law or seek out someone who is familiar with the franchise laws in Michigan prior to submitting your Notice of Intent to franchise. Since Michigan is a state that does not review the Franchise Disclosure Document, the responsibility rests on the franchisor to make sure they are familiar with and adhering to the Michigan Franchise Investment Law.
Helpful links for registering your franchise in Michigan:
To learn more about State Franchise Laws, click here. To learn how we can assist you in registering your FDD in the State of Michigan, or any other state, visit our Franchise Counsel Program page.