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Minn. Stat. 80C.01 defines a franchise as “a contract or agreement, either express or implied, whether oral or written, for a definite or indefinite period, between two or more persons by which a person or entity is granted the right to engage in the business of offering or distributing goods or services using the franchisor's trade name, trademark, service mark, logotype, advertising, or other commercial symbol or related characteristics, where an initial fee is given and ongoing relationship is expected e.g., royalty fees, product purchases, etc.”

As one of several states in the United States that requires registration of franchise offerings, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Securities Division is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the integrity of the franchise community in the State of Minnesota, it performs its mission through the registration of franchisors who wish to market and sell franchises in the State.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Securities Unit ensures that both franchisor and franchisee are protected from unscrupulous operators in the state and consumers are protected from fraudulent franchise operations as outlined by the Minnesota Franchise Act and Rules, NASAA Franchise Registration and Disclosure Guidelines, and the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule
 Our responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and registering all new franchise applications;
  • Analyzing the renewal applications and financial statements of all operating franchises annually;
  • Reviewing amendments to any franchise agreements; and
  • Maintaining a publically accessible registration database of all franchises operating in the State of Minnesota.

Registration of a franchise by the State of Minnesota does not mean that the state recommends the franchise or has verified the information within the application.

This section of our website is designed to provide investment advisers with information concerning:

How to Register a Franchise in the State of Minnesota
How to Obtain Franchise Registration Information and Documents
How to Renew or Amend a Franchise in the State or Minnesota
Recent News and Important Links
Frequently Asked Questions
File a Franchise Complaint (.pdf)