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

Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and dislocations affecting broker-dealers, state registered investment advisers, federal covered investment advisers, and their registered agents or representatives (collectively, “financial professionals”), the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Securities Division (DFI) will take no action to enforce the registration and other provisions of the Securities Act as described in this announcement.
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 final stage of the annual renewal process is your fiscal year end filings. As your investment adviser’s fiscal year end is December 31, your filing due dates are:
Renewal season is almost here. Renewal has two steps: (1) payment of annual renewal fees to the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD), which must be received by the IARD no later than December 16, 2019; and (2) annual filing requirements, which are due within 90-120 days after the investment adviser’s fiscal year end (FYE).
The Securities Division is issuing this notice to inform franchisors and their counsel of the Division’s position regarding whether franchisors must disclose assurances of discontinuance in their Franchise Disclosure Documents.


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