MARCH 18, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), FINRA is providing temporary relief for member firms from rules and requirements. See the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) section of the site for complete information.
CRD and FINRA Gateway: Classic CRD Form U4 Will Retire April 2021
FINRA is integrating the registration filing functionality that supports the CRD Program into FINRA Gateway. The deployment of registration compliance tools will be incremental over time, so firms should expect to use both Classic CRD and FINRA Gateway until the integration is complete.
Form U4 filing is now available in both FINRA Gateway and Classic CRD. Firms are encouraged to begin filing Form U4 in FINRA Gateway in preparation for the retirement of Classic CRD Form U4 filing capabilities. See the Registration Filing in FINRA Gateway page for more details.
You must be registered with FINRA if you’re engaged in the securities business of your firm, which includes salespersons, branch managers, department supervisors, partners, officers and directors. You are required to pass qualification exams to demonstrate competence in your particular securities activities. The Guide to Your Securities Industry Career offers a comprehensive outline of the registration process and the responsibilities of representatives to their firms and customers.
Your firm must file the appropriate registration documents with FINRA through the Central Registration Depository (CRD) before you can schedule a date to take a qualification exam.
You and your firm have a continuing obligation to update your Form U4 promptly if any information changes or becomes inaccurate, such as disclosure events and outside business activities.
When you leave a firm, the firm must file a Form U5 within 30 days and provide you with a copy. The form indicates the date you left and the reason.
Firms are required to renew the FINRA and state/jurisdiction registrations of their registered reps every year.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), FINRA is providing temporary relief for member firms from rules and requirements in the Frequently Asked Questions below. The relief provided does not extend beyond the identified rules and requirements. FINRA will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether additional guidance and relief may be appropriate. As coronavirus-related risks decrease, member firms should expect to return to meeting any regulatory obligations for which relief has been provided.March 24, 2020
- GuidanceFINRA provides registration and licensing relief to FINRA-registered persons and certain formerly registered persons who volunteer or are called into active military duty.
- FAQFollowing are FAQs about FINRA registration and qualification requirements. Click on the links below to view all sections of the FAQs.
- Compliance Tools
The Web CRD Form BD Timeliness Report Card is a monthly analysis of FINRA firms' ability to meet certain filing obligations. In accordance with FINRA rules, firms are required to submit information related to applicant member and/or affiliate(s). This report displays a firm's performance in submitting certain BD amendment filings in the required time frame.
- FAQ1. How do I register for the Financial Professional Gateway (FinPro)? Use the following steps to register:
- FAQThe following questions and answers provide guidance regarding the operation of FINRA Rule 2080, which was formerly NASD Rule 2130.
The FINRA qualification and registration requirements are set forth in FINRA Rules 1210 through 1240.1 These rules, among other things: (1) require the registration of individuals as representatives or principals; (2) allow for the permissive registration of associated persons of firms; (3) establish a waiver program for individuals working for a financial services industry affiliate of a member firm; (4) require firms to designate a Principal Financial Officer and a Principal Operations Officer; and (5) set forth requirements for registered persons who are to function as princip
- Compliance Tools
The Web CRD Late Filing Fee Report is a monthly analysis of FINRA firms' ability to meet certain filing obligations. In accordance with FINRA rules, firms are required to submit information related to registered representatives. This report displays a firm's performance in submitting certain U4 and U5 filings in the required time frame.