Franchise FDD Registration in Washington State
Washington Franchise Registration Status: Registration State
State Registration Fee: $600.00
Washington State is a franchise registration state and prior to offering or selling a franchise in Washington, Franchisors need ensure that their FDDs are registered with the Securities Division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. Washington States franchise laws are comprised of the Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act which defines a franchise as:
An agreement, express or implied, oral or written, by which:
- A person is granted the right to engage in the business of offering, selling, or distributing goods or services under a marketing plan prescribed or suggested in substantial part by the grantor or its affiliate;
- The operation of the business is substantially associated with a trademark, service mark, trade name, advertising, or other commercial symbol designating, owned by, or licensed by the grantor or its affiliate; and
- The person pays, agrees to pay, or is required to pay, directly or indirectly, a franchise fee.
Prior to entering into a franchise agreement or a relationship creating a franchise relationship, you must prepare and register a FDD with the Washington State Securities Division. Helpful Information and Links for Registering your FDD in the State of Washington, include:
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
P.O. Box 9033
Olympia, WA 98507
Washington Franchise Registration Application
Sample Washington Franchise Agreement Addendum
Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act
To learn more about State Franchise Laws, click here.