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

The Securities Division is planning to amend WAC 460-42A-030, which provides that certain municipal securities are exempt from registration under RCW 21.20.310(1), if they receive requisite ratings from designated ratings agencies, in order to correct an inadvertent drafting error. The public is welcome to submit comments to be considered by the Securities Division in the drafting of rules to be proposed at a later date.
NASAA is hosting a free, one-day roundtable to bring together leading experts to discuss critical cybersecurity issues for securities regulators and regulated entities.
The Securities Division adopted its repeal of WAC 460-44A-505, the “Uniform offering exemption for limited offers and sales of securities not exceeding $5,000,000,” in light of the recent repeal of the corresponding federal exemption from securities registration.
The Securities Licensing and Examinations unit released a list of the 2016 most common investment adviser examination deficiencies.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is aware of reports of malicious emails sent to some EDGAR filers that appear to be part of a phishing campaign to compromise company network systems and obtain access to non-public information. The malicious emails purport to be communications from the SEC about changes to Form 10-K and sometimes contain malicious attachments. Clicking on the attachment(s) results in an attempt to install malware designed to obtain unauthorized access to the recipient’s computer and/or network.


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