Professional Fundraising Organization Licensing

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

Alabama

Agency

Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100

Form:

http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Consumer-Protection-Consumer-Fundraisers

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100

Form:

http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Consumer-Protection-Consumer-Fundraisers

Due:

September 30th of each year.

Alaska

Agency

Alaska Department of Law - Consumer Protection Unit

Initial Application

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$200

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$200

Form:

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

Due:

September 1st of each year.

Arizona

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Arizona, but other requirements may apply.

Arkansas

Agency

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

Initial Application

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$200

Form:

Form PS-01: Paid Solicitor Annual Application for Registration

License Renewal

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$200

Form:

Form PS-01: Paid Solicitor Annual Application for Registration (Renewal)

Due:

Annually

California

Agency

California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts

Initial Application

License Name:Commerical FundraiserFee:

$350

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Commerical FundraiserFee:

$350

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by January 15th.

Colorado

Agency

Colorado Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$175

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$175

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Connecticut

Agency

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Initial Application

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$500

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$500

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Delaware

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Delaware, but other requirements may apply.

District of Columbia

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in the District of Columbia, but other requirements may apply.

Florida

Agency

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

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$300

Form:

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

Due:

Annually

Georgia

Agency

Georgia Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$100

Form:

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/securities/charitable_organization_and_paid_solicitor_forms

Due:

Annually by December 31st.

Hawaii

Agency

Hawaii Tax and Charities Division

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$250

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$250

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by July 1st.

Idaho

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Idaho, but other requirements may apply.

Illinois

Agency

Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

Indiana

Agency

Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Initial Application

License Name:Professional Fundraiser SolicitorFee:

$1,000

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional Fundraiser SolicitorFee:

$50

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by July 1st.

Iowa

Agency

Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$10

Form:

https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-businesses/professional-fundraisers-and-charity-information--registration/professional-fundraisers/

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Kansas

Agency

Kansas Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$25

Form:

http://www.kssos.org/forms/forms_results.aspx?division=BS

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$25

Form:

http://www.kssos.org/forms/forms_results.aspx?division=BS

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

Kentucky

Agency

Kentucky Attorney General - Charities

Initial Application

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$300

Form:

http://ag.ky.gov/family/consumerprotection/charity/Pages/solicitors.aspx

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$300

Form:

http://ag.ky.gov/family/consumerprotection/charity/Pages/solicitors.aspx

Due:

Annually by December 31st.

Louisiana

Agency

Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities

Initial Application

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$150

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$150

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by October 1st.

Maine

Agency

Maine Office of Professional and Occupation Regulation

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$250

Form:

http://www.state.me.us/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/charitable/forms.html

Due:

Annually by November 30th.

Maryland

Agency

Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Initial Application

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$350

Form:

http://sos.maryland.gov/Charity/Pages/Register-Professional-Solicitor.aspx

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$350

Form:

http://sos.maryland.gov/Charity/Pages/Register-Professional-Solicitor.aspx

Due:

Annually

Massachusetts

Agency

Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division

License Renewal

Michigan

Agency

Michigan Attorney General - Charitable Trust Section

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$0

Form:

http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-17337_18095_18101-45037--,00.html#Professional_Fundraiser_Requirements

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

Minnesota

Agency

Minnesota Attorney General - Charities

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$200

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$200

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by April 30th.

Mississippi

Agency

Mississippi Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

Missouri

Agency

Missouri Attorney General - Charities

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$50

Form:

https://ago.mo.gov/divisions/consumer/business-registrations/charitable-organizations-professional-fundraisers

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Montana

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Montana, but other requirements may apply.

Nebraska

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Nebraska, but other requirements may apply.

Nevada

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Nevada, but other requirements may apply.

New Hampshire

Agency

New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit

Initial Application

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$500

Form:

http://doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts/publications.htm

License Renewal

License Name:Paid SolicitorFee:

$500

Form:

http://doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts/publications.htm

Due:

Annually

New Jersey

Agency

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Independent Paid FundraiserFee:

$250

Form:

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charities/Pages/paid-fund-raisers-registration-forms.aspx

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

New Mexico

Agency

New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$0

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$0

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

New York

Agency

New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$800

Form:

https://www.charitiesnys.com/fund_raising_professionals_new.html

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$800

Form:

https://www.charitiesnys.com/fund_raising_professionals_new.html

Due:

Annually

North Carolina

Agency

North Carolina Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division

Initial Application

License Name:SolicitorFee:

$200

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:SolicitorFee:

$200

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by March 31.

North Dakota

Agency

North Dakota Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by August 31st.

Ohio

Agency

Ohio Attorney General

Initial Application

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$200

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$200

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by March 31st.

Oklahoma

Agency

Oklahoma Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Section

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$215

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$215

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Oregon

Agency

Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section

Initial Application

License Name:Fundraising FirmFee:

$250

Form:

http://www.doj.state.or.us/charigroup/pages/howtofund.aspx

License Renewal

License Name:Fundraising FirmFee:

$250

Form:

http://www.doj.state.or.us/charigroup/pages/howtofund.aspx

Due:

Annually

Pennsylvania

Agency

Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Initial Application

License Renewal

Rhode Island

Agency

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$240

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$240

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by June 30th.

South Carolina

Agency

South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities

Initial Application

License Name:Professional Fundraising SolicitorFee:

$50

Form:

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Professional_Fundraisers_and_Solicitors

License Renewal

License Name:Professional Fundraising SolicitorFee:

$50

Form:

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Professional_Fundraisers_and_Solicitors

Due:

Annually

South Dakota

Agency

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

Initial Application

License Name:Telephone Charitable SolicitationFee:

$0

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Telephone Charitable SolicitationFee:

$0

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Tennessee

Agency

Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$250

Form:

http://sos.tn.gov/charitable-solicitations-and-gaming/professional-solicitors?page=2

Due:

Annually by December 31st.

Texas

Agency

Texas Secretary of State - Registrations Unit

Initial Application

License Name:Telephone SolicitationFee:

$200

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Telephone SolicitationFee:

$200

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Utah

Agency

Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Consumer Protection

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$250

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$250

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Vermont

Agency

Vermont Office of the Attorney General

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Paid FundraiserFee:

$0

Form:

http://ago.vermont.gov/focus/consumer-info/charities/paid-fundraisers.php

Due:

Annually

Virginia

Agency

Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)

Initial Application

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$500

Form:

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

License Renewal

License Name:Professional SolicitorFee:

$500

Form:

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

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Washington

Agency

Washington Secretary of State - Charities Program

Initial Application

License Name:Commercial FundraiserFee:

$300

Form:

https://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/AllForms.aspx#commercial

License Renewal

License Name:Commercial FundraiserFee:

$225

Form:

https://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/AllForms.aspx#commercial

Due:

Annually

West Virginia

Agency

West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$100

Form:

http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/charities/Pages/CharitiesFormsandFees.aspx

Due:

Annually

Wisconsin

Agency

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section

Initial Application

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$50

Form:

http://www.wdfi.org/CharitableOrganizations/forms.htm

License Renewal

License Name:Professional FundraiserFee:

$50

Form:

https://www.wdfi.org/ice/berg/UserLogin.aspx?sid=84de3a6517964176a721ca8a068df427

Due:

Annually by August 31st.

Wyoming

Not required

Registration is not required for professional fundraisers in Wyoming, but other requirements may apply.

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