Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

About DFI

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) provides regulatory oversight for our state’s financial service providers. DFI is self-supporting, in that none of its operating revenues come from the state's general tax funds. Its operating revenues are paid by the organizations and individuals it regulates.

Mission Statement

DFI regulates financial services to protect and educate the public and promote economic vitality. See our 2015-2017 strategic plan (PDF)*


DFI was created by combining pre-existing units from two state agencies in October, 1993. The agency's beginnings date back to the early 1900s, with the organization of the Division of Banking on June 12, 1907, and the Division of Securities in the 1930s. (DFI was created by Ch. 43.320 RCW)

2005-2012 Legacy and Lessons Learned

DFI invites you to read our agency’s legacy book, created in effort to share stories about who we are, what we do, our accomplishments and lessons learned in the past eight years. We are proud of the work of our staff and our efforts to fulfill DFI’s mission.

DFI Divisions

The department's five divisions regulate a wide range of financial enterprises and individuals, such as: banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, payday lenders, and securities issuers and salespeople.

DFI's Divisions:

Legislative and Annual Reports

Legislative and annual reports for the Department of Financial Institutions.

Legislative Reports

A summary of bills passed during past legislative sessions of interest to DFI or our stakeholders.

Annual Reports

Public Records

All records maintained by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) are available for inspection unless law specifically exempts them. DFI is committed to responding to all public records requests in a timely manner.

Public Records Index

Public Records Request Forms

By Division:

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