Renewal Program FAQ

The following are frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding renewals that are applicable to broker-dealer (BD) firms. If your firm is a joint broker-dealer/investment adviser (BD/IA) firm, please be sure to review the renewal information and FAQ applicable to investment advisers on the IARD website.

  1. Will my firm's Preliminary and Final Statements be mailed to me?
  2. Are there any changes to the Renewal Program that my firm should be aware of?
  3. What renewal fees will be reflected on my firm's statements?
  4. I logged onto E-Bill to retrieve my firm's Preliminary Statement, but there wasn't one available . Why doesn't my firm have a statement?
  5. What is the deadline for submitting payment of my Preliminary Statement?
  6. What renewal payment methods are accepted?
  7. To whom should a renewal payment check be made payable and mailed?
  8. Will the amount of my Preliminary Statement change before the payment deadline date as the firm continues to request new registrations and/or submit filings to terminate registrations?
  9. If I pay my Preliminary Statement in full, have I fulfilled all of my renewal fee obligations and completed the renewal process?
  10. How do I check to see that FINRA has received my renewal payment?
  11. How can I transfer money from my Flex-Funding Account to my Renewal Account?
  12. My BD firm and IA firm have the same CRD number. Am I considered a "joint" firm?
  13. How do I obtain a report that shows a list of everyone at my firm who was included for renewal?
  14. Will my "Firm Renewal Report" be automatically generated and sent to me?
  15. My firm submitted a post-dated Form U5 for an individual by mistake. Can the firm withdraw or cancel that filing?
  16. What is the last day that I can submit a form filing in Web CRD/IARD before year-end renewal processing occurs?
  17. Which regulators renew branches through Web CRD?

1. Will my firm's Preliminary and Final Statements be mailed to me?

Renewal Statements are not mailed to firms. Statements will be available via E-Bill for retrieval and printing. Preliminary Statements will be available on Nov. 14, 2016, and Final Statements will be available Jan. 3, 2017.

2. Are there any changes to the Renewal Program that my firm should be aware of?

Yes. Beginning this year, renewal statements will only be accessible through E-Bill. Renewal reports will continue to be available through Web CRD/IARD for reconciliation purposes.

3. What renewal fees will be reflected on my firm's statements?

FINRA collects fees for the jurisdictions and SROs that are assessed as part of the annual Renewal Program. To review the fees assessed by the jurisdictions and SROs, please visit this fee schedule. FINRA assesses the following FINRA fees on each year's renewal statements:

  • FINRA's annual System Processing Fee will remain at $45 for each firm's registered individuals.
  • FINRA annual statutory disqualification fees for registered individuals.
  • FINRA's branch office annual registration fee1 is assessed through the tiered regressive rate structure shown below. In addition to the annual registration fee, FINRA will continue to assess the $20 branch office system processing renewal fee per branch office.2
# of Branch Offices Fee Per Branch Office
1-250 $175
251-500 $150
501-1000 $125
1001-2000 $100
2001+ $75

1 FINRA will continue to waive the registration renewal fee for one branch per firm.
2 FINRA will continue to waive the system processing renewal fee for one branch per firm.

4. I logged onto E-Bill to retrieve my firm's Preliminary Statement, but there wasn't one available. Why doesn't my firm have a statement?

An approved registration status is required to generate a Preliminary Statement. If your firm had a 'Pending Approval' or any other status besides "Approved" in Web CRD as of 11 p.m. ET, Nov. 11, 2016, then a Preliminary Statement was not generated for your firm. However, a Final Statement will be generated if your firm is approved between Nov. 14, 2016 and Dec. 27, 2016. If this should occur, your firm's renewal fees will be assessed and collected with your Final Statement, which will be available on Jan. 3, 2017.

5. What is the deadline for submitting payment of my Preliminary Statement?

Full payment of your Preliminary Statement must be posted to your firm's Renewal Account by Dec. 16, 2016, even if your firm intends to terminate additional registered representatives before Dec. 31, 2016. Firms are encouraged to submit their electronic (i.e., E-Bill, wire transfer) payments no later than Dec. 13 in order for payment to post to their Renewal Account by the Dec. 16 deadline. Please review the mailing address and check payment processing times, which are detailed on the renewal payment options page.

6. What renewal payment methods are accepted?

E-Bill allows entitled users to view and pay FINRA invoices, including Renewal Statements, as well as fund their firm's Flex-Funding Account. Firms can also transfer funds to their Renewal Account from their Flex-Funding Account or an affiliated firm. Firms may also continue to submit renewal payments by wire transfer and check. Visit the renewal payment options page for complete information.

7. To whom should a renewal payment check be made payable and mailed?

Firms should make their checks payable to FINRA. For details regarding the mailing address and processing of check payments, visit the renewal payment options page.

8. Will the amount of my Preliminary Statement change before the payment deadline date as the firm continues to request new registrations and/or submit filings to terminate registrations?

No, a Preliminary Statement is assessed based on information in Web CRD/IARD as of 11 p.m., ET, Nov. 11, 2016. Any changes for newly approved and/or terminated registrations between the Preliminary Statement and Dec. 27, 2016, will be reflected on your Final Statement. The Preliminary Statement must be paid in full regardless of registration changes.

9. If I pay my Preliminary Statement in full, have I fulfilled all of my renewal fee obligations and completed the renewal process?

No. Since the Preliminary Statement is based on the registration statuses of your firm, its registered representatives and branches as of Nov. 11, 2016, any changes to those statuses prior to year-end have not yet been considered for renewals purposes. Therefore, the renewal process is not complete until reconciliation occurs through your firm's Final Statement, which will become available in E-Bill Jan. 3, 2017. For firms that have an amount due, FINRA should receive your payment to your Renewal Account no later than Jan. 20, 2017. The Final Statement will list one of the following:

  • Zero balance due by your firm (no further action required by your firm)
  • An amount due by your firm (send payment)

10. How do I check to see that FINRA has received my renewal payment?

Renewal payments made electronically using E-Bill or wire transfer typically take two to three business days to process and post to your account, after which you can view E-Bill to verify receipt.

Please note that all check and wire payments are deposited into a firm's Flex-Funding Account. See Question 11 regarding transferring funds from your Flex-Funding Account to your Renewal Account.

11. How can I transfer money from my Flex-Funding Account to my Renewal Account?

Firms may transfer funds to their Renewal Account or between affiliated firms at any time by using E-Bill. Beginning on Dec. 16, 2016, and through Dec. 27, 2016, if your firm has sufficient funds in its Flex-Funding Account to cover the total renewal fees due, then the funds will be automatically transferred from your Flex-Funding Account to your Renewal Account.

Beginning Jan. 20, 2017, FINRA will automatically transfer funds from your firm's Flex-Funding Account to the Renewal Account for firms that still owe fees on their Final Statement.

12. My BD firm and IA firm have the same CRD number. Am I considered a "joint" firm?

Yes, your firm's Preliminary and Final Statements will reflect any applicable BD firm, BD representatives, IA firm, IA representatives and branch renewal fees. For additional information regarding investment adviser renewals, visit the IARD website.

13. How do I obtain a report that shows a list of everyone at my firm who was included for renewal?

This information is available as part of your "Firm Renewal Report" and is available as a PDF or a download. To request this report, log onto Web CRD and select the Reports tab.

14. Will my "Firm Renewal Report" be automatically generated and sent to me?

No, firms must request their renewal reports via the Reports tab in Web CRD/IARD.

15. My firm submitted a post-dated Form U5 for an individual by mistake. Can the firm withdraw or cancel that filing?

No, Web CRD/IARD processes post-dated filings as they are submitted, so they cannot be withdrawn or canceled once submitted. If a post-dated full or partial Form U5 is submitted by mistake, then a new Form U4 or a Form U4 amendment must be submitted some time on or after Jan. 3, 2017, to re-register the individual. New registration fees will be assessed.

16. What is the last day that I can submit a form filing in Web CRD/IARD before year-end renewal processing occurs?

All form filings must be submitted to Web CRD/IARD by 6 p.m., ET, Dec. 27, 2016. The Web EFT deadline is 3 p.m., ET. Web CRD/IARD will be unavailable to submit any filings from 6 p.m., ET, Dec. 27, 2016, through Jan. 2, 2017, due to the holidays and year-end renewal processing. During this period, Web CRD/IARD will be available for query-only and to create 'Pending' filings, which may be submitted on or after Jan. 3, 2017. The Web CRD System Availability Calendar covers the current schedule.

17. Which regulators renew branches through Web CRD?

FINRA branches are renewed through Web CRD. A fee schedule for all jurisdictions is available on the FINRA website. For renewal questions regarding a specific state or jurisdiction, please contact that state or jurisdiction directly. A directory of all of the state regulatory offices can be found on the NASAA website.