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Individual Registration

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Regulatory Relief Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

MARCH 18, 2020
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. As coronavirus-related risks decrease, member firms should expect to return to meeting any regulatory obligations for which relief has been provided. When appropriate, FINRA will publish a Regulatory Notice announcing a termination date for the regulatory relief that will provide member firms with time to make necessary operational adjustments.

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.


Register a New Candidate

Your firm must file the appropriate registration documents with FINRA through the Central Registration Depository (Web CRD) before you can schedule a date to take a qualification exam.


Update an Individual's Registration

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.


Terminate an Individual's Registration

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.


Renew an Individual's Registration

Firms are required to renew the FINRA and state/jurisdiction registrations of their registered reps every year.

  • FAQ

    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
  • Guidance
    FINRA provides registration and licensing relief to FINRA-registered persons and certain formerly registered persons who volunteer or are called into active military duty.
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    Following are frequently asked questions (FAQ) about FINRA registration and qualification requirements. Click on the links below to view all sections of the FAQ.
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    The following questions and answers provide guidance regarding the operation of FINRA Rule 2080, which was formerly NASD Rule 2130.
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    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