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Division of Securities & Retail Franchising

Franchise Registration

The Virginia Retail Franchising Act governs the offer and sale of franchises in Virginia. The goal of the Virginia Retail Franchising Act is to provide presale disclosure and other protections for prospective franchisees.

All franchises offered or sold in Virginia must either be registered or exempt from registration. (§ 13.1-560External Link logo)

Franchise Registration Instructions

Exemption from Franchise Registration

Certain exemptions from franchise registration are available. The exemptions are based on the experience and financial condition of the franchisor, or the characteristics of the offer or grant of the franchise. To rely on an exemption, the franchisor may need to make a filing with the Division before offering or selling a franchise.

Exemptions from franchise registration, and filing requirements necessary to claim an exemption, are contained in 21 VAC 5-110-75External Link logo

FAQs - Franchises