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Question added to topic FranchisesAugust 28, 2007

How do I get a copy of a UFOC?

I am interested in seeing a copy of a particular UFOC, and so far have only found sites that will charge $200 for it. I spoke with a representative from the company that I am interested in and want to review the UFOC before submitting a franchise application. The website for this business has changed over the last couple of weeks and if the UFOC was there before its not now!
The cheapest way is to obtain a UFOC is through the California Department of Corporations.  The link http://134.186.208.228/caleasi/pub/Exsearch.htm should get you to their UFOC if the franchisor is registered in California and has not claimed an exemption.  If the franchisor is not registered in California, your options are to ask the franchisor directly, use one of the services that provide these UFOCs for a fee, or go directly to the state regulators in registration states (and request a copy under the Freedom of Information Act).  State agencies are sometimes slow to respond and will also charge you a fee. 
Mark Siebert is the CEO of the iFranchise Group, a franchise consulting firm that has worked with 98 of the nation's top 200 franchisors. He can be reached at 708-957-2300 or at info@ifranchise.net.

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