Securities

The primary mission of the Division of Securities, which was established in the early 1930s, is to protect the investing public and promote confidence in the capital markets. About the Securities Division

News and Updates

06/18/2015
The Securities Division has adopted amendments to WAC 460-44A-502 to provide legend guidance for restricted securities. The adopted amendments remove a reference to an outdated North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) guideline and instead provide the suggested language for the legends in the text itself.
06/11/2015
The Securities Division has adopted Franchise Act Interpretive Statement FIS-08 (“Interpretive Statement”). The Interpretive Statement provides guidance on acceptable methods of demonstrating compliance with the net worth requirement found in RCW 19.100.030(4)(b)(i)(4).
05/14/2015
Join the Securities Division to discuss how the recent amendments to the investment adviser rules, WAC 460-24A, impact investment advisers registered in the State of Washington. The amendments changed the financial reporting requirements, custody requirements, and books and records requirements. In addition, learn about common licensing issues and how to avoid typical examination mistakes.
05/08/2015
The Securities Division is proposing amendments to WAC 460-80-140 to correct a reference to the Federal Trade Commission’s franchise disclosure rule concerning financial statement requirements. The Securities Division has now filed a notice of Proposed Rule Making (Form CR-102) and the text of the proposed rules (OTS-6958). The materials are available on our rulemaking page.
05/06/2015
The Securities Division is considering creating rules to codify the filing requirements for securities registration renewal applications. The Securities Division frequently receives inquiries from securities issuers and attorneys asking how to apply for renewal. The creation of rules on this topic for both qualification and coordination filings would provide securities issuers with useful information.

Complaints

If you have a complaint against an individual selling an investment or offering advice, file a complaint with the Division.

Verify Licenses

Before investing, make sure to verify the license of the individual selling the investment and make sure the investment itself is registered to be sold in Washington.

Old Stock Certificates

Links to resources to help you find the value of old stock certificates.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Financial Institutions
Securities Division
PO Box 9033
Olympia, WA 98507-9033

Phone Numbers:
Main Telephone Line: (360) 902-8760
Toll Free: (877) RING DFI (746-4334)
Fax: (360) 902-0524
TDD: (360) 664-8126