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Franchise Registration in North Carolina.  There is no state franchise registration required in North Carolina.


Business Opportunity Exemption Registration in North Carolina.  The North Carolina business opportunity law is broad enough to cover most business format franchises.  North Carolina General Statutes Section 66-94.

There is an exemption for “the sale of a marketing program made in conjunction with the licensing of a federally registered trademark or a federally registered service mark.”  Section 66-94(4)

If applicable, this exemption is automatically effective and does not require any filing.

However, if the franchise does not involve the licensing of a federally-registered mark, then the franchisor would need to comply with the North Carolina Business Opportunity Sales law, which requires registration and certain disclosures.  The annual business opportunity registration filing fee is $250.  The North Carolina state business opportunity regulator’s web site is here.

Franchise Disclosure in North Carolina.  North Carolina has no state franchise disclosure laws.  So, there are no special state disclosures required in an FDD used in North Carolina.


Franchise Relationship Law in North Carolina.  North Carolina has no state franchise relationship laws for business format franchises.

Please see important information about US federal and state franchise laws here.



We work with start-up and existing franchisors throughout the United States (and internationally).  We would be delighted to discuss North Carolina franchise law with you.  Please contact us for a free initial consultation about your particular situation.


Vinson Franchise Law Firm

Vinson Law Firm PC


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