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Unlock your potential with the world’s leading brand and discover how you can apply your business acumen — and our framework for success — to help you create a positive impact for you, your family, and your community.

Make your mark as a McDonald's Franchisee

In business for yourself, but not by yourself

As a McDonald’s Franchisee, you have the independence of running your own business backed by the training, guidance, and support of the McDonald’s system.

Our connected community

At McDonald’s, we believe we have a responsibility to add value to the communities in which we live and operate. That’s why our Franchisees don’t just buy restaurants; they buy into the neighborhoods where they live, investing in their employees and community.

A global brand, invested in your success

Through our intensive, hands-on training program, we’ll prepare you to run a McDonald’s business that provides an outstanding experience for your customers.

Committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable future

McDonald’s is committed to increasing the number of Franchisees from all backgrounds, including historically underrepresented groups.

Read more about our global effort to increase demographic representation.

Our playbook. Your potential.

You’ve achieved the success you’ve always dreamed of. But there’s more you can accomplish. As a McDonald's Franchisee, you could help create positive change in your community and leave a lasting legacy. Check out our ownership guide to learn more.

McDonald’s Franchisees share their stories

Entrepreneurship is about more than making money. It’s about making your mark. That drive to do more is why thousands of men and women across the United States have invested their entrepreneurial energy in becoming McDonald’s Franchisees Owners. Read more of their success stories here.  


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Finding a place for everyone at McDonald’s

Nathan Carter pursued his dream of working in finance. But he soon missed the bustle of a busy McDonald's restaurant, where he worked as a teenager. Now he’s a Franchisee and makes sure McDonald’s is a place where everyone is welcome.

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See how one family built a legacy with McDonald's

Celestina Quintana came to the United States with her parents from Spain when she was only nine. As an adult with a growing family, she opened her first McDonald's restaurant in New Jersey. Today, the next generation is ready to take the business forward.

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How an entrepreneur found success with McDonald’s

By the time he graduated from college, John Carnagio had started and sold a landscaping business. John had ambition and drive, McDonald’s gave him the training, tools, and partnership he needed to help him succeed.

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Learn how McDonald’s Franchisees make their mark

Becoming a McDonald’s Franchisee is more than a business opportunity. It’s a way to invest in people, careers, and community. Learn more about this business opportunity from a few of our Franchisees as they share their stories, their success, and their guidance. 

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How it works

1. Get started

Are you ready to take the first step in becoming a McDonald's Franchisee? Fill out the inquiry form to begin the process. You’ll then receive an email with an application to complete.

2. Complete the application process

Let’s get to know each other! We're excited to learn what makes you the perfect fit for a McDonald’s franchise opportunity. The process starts with filling out the application and, upon approval, is followed by two rounds of interviews.

3. Start training

If you’re accepted into our candidate program, it’s time to start training. Our world-class program combines 6–12 months of practical and classroom experience to help you learn the skills to run a McDonald’s restaurant business. Don’t worry, we work around your availability and give you enough notice before you begin. 

4. Review franchise opportunity

After successful completion of the training program, McDonald’s, in its sole and absolute discretion, will inform a candidate of available McDonald’s franchise opportunities for purchase. Depending on the availability of suitable restaurants, there may be a delay between the completion of training and the identification of a franchise opportunity. 

5. Complete restaurant purchase

Upon completing your restaurant(s) purchase, you will become a McDonald's Franchisee and will be responsible for running the day-to-day operation of your business.

McDonald’s Franchisee Leonardo and his team standing outside for a group photo.

What you have

  • Dedication to your crew, your community, and your business
  • The drive to complete a flexible but rigorous learning and development program
  • A proven record of business success
“McDonald’s can’t be successful unless our Franchisees are successful.” - Ray Kroc, Former McDonald’s CEO

Why we want you

  • You have passion for the McDonald's brand, and building great teams
  • You take a hands-on approach to your business
  • You believe in proven systems
  • You have a desire to be part of something bigger
  • You believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to success
  • You have a desire to learn

Our values

Our values are our foundation and our core. Explore how they set us apart.


We put our customers, our crew, and community first.


We open our doors to everyone.


We do the right thing.


We are good neighbors.


We get better together.


Discover more about franchise ownership

Be in business for yourself but not by yourself. Learn how you can make it happen with our entrepreneur’s guide.

Explore what success can look like as a McDonald’s Franchisee

Learn how our Franchisees are inspiring the next generation and making their mark.

Dive into training and development

Find out what exactly what’s included in our playbook and get ready for franchise ownership. 

Franchise ownership at-a-glance

Learn more about franchise ownership opportunities and the Franchisee Training Program.

Ready to make your mark?

Take your first step toward becoming a McDonald’s Franchisee. Apply to join one of the world’s most recognized brands today.

Contact us

To learn more about U.S. franchising opportunities, email

For more information on McDonald’s policy for collection and processing of franchisee personal information please read the McDonald’s Franchisee Privacy Statement.

McDonald’s USA, LLC, 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, Illinois 60607. Minnesota File No. 10. This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for informational purposes only. U.S. residents: Please note that the states of California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin regulate the offer and sale of franchises. If you are a resident of one of these states, or seeking a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have qualified for an exemption, or have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your state. New York residents: This advertisement is not an offering. An offering can only be made by a prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the Department of Law.

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