Notice Concerning Signature Requirements on Applications and Notice Filings During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Friday, March 20, 2020
The Securities Division has received a number of inquiries regarding signature requirements in connection with required applications and notice filings during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Securities Division requires all franchise filings to be made electronically through our online electronic filing system. This system allows filers to upload .pdf copies of the required documents to our system. We do not require “wet” signatures. We also do not require “wet” signatures for securities registration applications and exemption notice filings. Where a signature is required, copies of signed documents, including .pdf copies, will suffice.

In addition, we are waiving any notary requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you have additional concerns, please contact our office at securitiesregistration@dfi.wa.gov.