Professional Fundraising Organization Licensing

The following table summarizes registration and licensing requirements for professional fundraising companies across the United States.

Alabama

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Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division

License Renewal

Alaska

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Alaska Department of Law - Consumer Protection Unit

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

http://www.law.alaska.gov/consumer/charityreg.html#solicitor

Due:

September 1 of each year.

Arizona

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Not required

Arizona does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Arkansas

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Agency

Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)

California

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Agency

California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$350

Form:

https://oag.ca.gov/charities/forms#fundraisers

Due:

Annually by January 15.

Colorado

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Colorado Secretary of State

License Renewal

Fee:

$175

Form:

https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/charities/charitableHome.html

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Connecticut

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Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$500

Form:

http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?q=459952

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Delaware

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Not required

Delaware does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

District of Columbia

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Not required

District of Columbia does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Florida

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services

License Renewal

Fee:

$300

Form:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail 45 days prior to expiration.

Due:

Annually

Georgia

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Georgia Secretary of State

Hawaii

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Hawaii Tax and Charities Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$250

Form:

https://ag.ehawaii.gov/fundraiser/#/

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Idaho

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Not required

Idaho does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Illinois

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Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Indiana

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Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$50

Form:

http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2379.htm

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Iowa

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Kansas

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Agency

Kansas Secretary of State

License Renewal

Kentucky

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Agency

Kentucky Attorney General - Charities

License Renewal

Louisiana

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Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities

License Renewal

Fee:

$150

Form:

https://www.ag.state.la.us/Article.aspx/292?catId=0

Due:

Annually by October 1.

Maine

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Agency

Maine Office of Professional and Occupation Regulation

License Renewal

Maryland

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Agency

Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Massachusetts

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Agency

Minnesota Attorney General - Charities

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

http://www.ag.state.mn.us/Charity/DownloadForms.asp

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Mississippi

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Mississippi Secretary of State

Initial Application

Fee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Missouri

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Missouri Attorney General - Charities

License Renewal

Montana

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Not required

Montana does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Nebraska

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Not required

Nebraska does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Nevada

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Not required

Nevada does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit

License Renewal

New Jersey

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Agency

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section

New Mexico

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Agency

New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit

License Renewal

Fee:

$0

Form:

http://www.nmag.gov/charity-registration-faq.aspx

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

New York

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New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

North Carolina

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North Carolina Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

https://www.sosnc.gov/CSL/cslfaqtree.aspx?solicitors

Due:

Annually by March 31.

North Dakota

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North Dakota Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$100

Form:

http://sos.nd.gov/professional-fundraisers

Due:

Annually by August 31.

Ohio

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Ohio Attorney General

Initial Application

Fee:

$200

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by March 31.

Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Section

License Renewal

Fee:

$215

Form:

https://www.sos.ok.gov/(S(rxow5nrnwbjxrg45rwhhhg45))/charity/forms.aspx

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Oregon

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Agency

Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section

License Renewal

Pennsylvania

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Agency

Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$240

Form:

http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/divisions/charitable/

Due:

Annually by June 30.

South Carolina

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Agency

South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities

South Dakota

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Agency

South Dakota Office of the Attorney General - Division of Consumer Protection

License Renewal

Fee:

$0

Form:

http://consumer.sd.gov/docs/PaidSolicitorPacket.pdf

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Tennessee

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Agency

Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming

License Renewal

Texas

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Agency

Texas Secretary of State - Registrations Unit

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#TSF

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Utah

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Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Consumer Protection

License Renewal

Fee:

$250

Form:

http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/registrations/fundraiser.html

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Vermont

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Agency

Vermont Office of the Attorney General

Virginia

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Agency

Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)

License Renewal

Fee:

$500

Form:

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/food-charitable-solicitation.shtml

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Washington

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Washington Secretary of State - Charities Program

License Renewal

West Virginia

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Agency

West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Wisconsin

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Agency

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section

Wyoming

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Not required

Wyoming does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

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