If, after reviewing this information, you are interested in becoming an arbitrator, apply to our roster today. Unless waived by FINRA at its discretion, arbitrator applicants must have a minimum of five years of paid business and/or professional experience and at least two years of college-level credits.
Note about hearing locations: FINRA assigns each approved arbitrator to one primary hearing location, which is the closest in-state hearing location to an arbitrator’s primary residence. Arbitrators who split their time between two residences may request to serve in an additional, or secondary, hearing location. If FINRA approves an arbitrator’s request to serve in a secondary hearing location, arbitrators agree to pay their own travel and accommodation costs associated with serving in the secondary hearing location. Arbitrators must also have the availability and flexibility to serve in secondary hearing locations without causing a delay in the hearing process. Arbitrators should include in the business background section of their disclosure reports in which hearing location they plan to spend certain months of the year, so parties are aware of any potential scheduling conflict at the start of the proceedings. Please see the Guidelines for Arbitrator Reimbursement for more information about expense reimbursement
- Register and/or log into FINRA's system;
- Complete the arbitrator application and submit it electronically with:
- completed and signed Consent to Background Search and Investigation form; and
- completed and signed Social Security Number Verification form.
Note: If you are submitting the above background verification forms separately, please send them to:
FINRA Dispute Resolution
Department of Neutral Management
One Liberty Plaza
165 Broadway, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10006
(Please include "Background Verification Forms" in the subject line.)
- Expect to receive notice of your application status within 60 - 90 days. FINRA Dispute Resolution conducts a preliminary review of your completed application before forwarding it to a subcommittee of the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee (NAMC) for final approval.
If the NAMC approves your application, you will receive written notice of your approval and will be ready to start the Basic Arbitrator Training Program.
The online arbitrator application is compatible with the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer 8 and 9
- Firefox 13 and higher
- Google Chrome
If you prefer, view instructions on completing a printable version of the arbitrator application.
Questions on the Application Process
Refer an Arbitrator Candidate
Do you know someone who may be interested in becoming a candidate? Please email their name and contact information to Erroll Angara.