Minnesota FDD Registration and Franchise Laws | Internicola Law Firm

Minnesota State Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) Registration

Minnesota is a Franchise Registration State. The initial FDD filing fee is $400 and the annual renewal fee is $200. If your renewal FDD contains a material change from the prior year, then the annual renewal fee is $300.

Minnesota Franchise Law

Minnesota is a franchise registration state. Before you offer or sell a franchise in Minnesota, you must register your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) with the Securities Division of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The Securities Division oversees FDD registration and enforcement of the Minnesota Franchise Act. Your FDD registration lasts for one year and must be renewed annually.

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

Minnesota Franchise and FDD Registration FAQs

Who Regulates Franchises in Minnesota?

The Securities Division of the Minnesota Department of Commerce oversees franchise filings, FDD registrations, and the enforcement of the Minnesota Franchise Act.

What Should I Include with My FDD Registration Application?

Your franchise registration application should include:

Where Do I File My Minnesota FDD Registration Application?

Your FDD registration application must be filed at the following address:

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Securities-Franchise Registration
85 7th Place East, Suite 280
St. Paul, MN 55101-2198

Their phone number is (651) 539-1500.

Does Minnesota Offer Online FDD Filing?

Yes, but only for renewal and amendment FDD filings. Initial FDD registration applications must be submitted by mail. The Commerce Department’s electronic FDD filing system is known as ComOnline and may be used for FDD renewals and amendments.

How Long Will It Take for My Registration Application to Be Approved?

FDD registration in the State of Minnesota typically takes 3 to 4 weeks. Confirmation of your registration application takes place through the Department’s date-stamped mailing of your original cover letter back to you. It is recommended that you also call the Department to confirm registration status. Typically, the Department does not evaluate the disclosures contained in your FDD, and it is critically important to ensure that your FDD complies with the Minnesota Franchise Act.

What Is the Definition of a Franchise Under Minnesota Law?

Under the Minnesota Franchise Act, a “franchise” is defined as:

The Minnesota statute also defines other relationships that may qualify as a franchise.

Does Minnesota Have Franchise Relationship Laws?

Yes. Under the Minnesota Franchise Act, there are various provisions that afford supplemental rights to franchisees and that prohibit certain franchise agreement provisions and practices. Some of these franchise relationship provisions include the following:

Helpful Links Concerning Minnesota Franchise Law

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

To learn more about how we can help you with your franchise registrations and growing your franchise in Minnesota and across the United States, contact us at (800) 976-4904 or contact us online.

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