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Individual Registration

FINRA Fingerprint Process Change

FINRA is in the final stages of implementing a new fingerprint process for broker-dealer firms and funding portals that is expected to become effective late September, although it is subject to the appropriate approvals. To prepare for the transition, broker-dealers and funding portals should perform several key tasks. See the FINRA Fingerprint Process Change page for task instructions and deadlines.

CRD Is Moving to FINRA Gateway: Classic CRD Features Retiring August 21

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.

On August 21, the following Classic CRD features are scheduled to retire:

  • View Individual
  • View Organization
  • Branch Composite View
  • Individual Search
  • Branch Search (also known as Organization Search)
  • Form U5 Filing Capabilities
  • Several Classic CRD Reports

Individual disclosure letters in Classic CRD will not retire August 21, and all other current Classic CRD functionality will be supported. Form U5 drafts that are not submitted before August 21 will be invalidated, but a read-only version will be made available through September 25 in Classic CRD.

Retirement dates for other functionality will be announced as they become available. 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.

Register a New Candidate

The appropriate registration documents must be filed through the Central Registration Depository (CRD) program to request registration. If necessary, candidates must also pass a qualification exam.

Update an Individual's Registration

Firms and registered individuals have a continuing obligation to update Form U4 promptly if any information changes or becomes inaccurate, such as disclosure events and outside business activities.

Terminate an Individual's Registration

Firms must file a Form U5 within 30 days and provide the individual with a copy for their personal records. The form indicates the employment end date and the reason. Some individuals may continue working for the firm in a non-registered capacity after the submission of a Form U5.

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
  • 2018 Exam Findings Report
    The Operations Professional Registration section of the 2018 Report on Exam Findings informs member firms’ compliance programs by describing recent findings and observations from FINRA’s examinations, and, in certain cases, also providing a summary of effective practices.
    December 07, 2018
  • FAQ
    The following questions and answers provide guidance regarding the operation of FINRA Rule 2080, which was formerly NASD Rule 2130.
  • 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.
  • FAQ

    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.

  • FAQ
    1. How do I register for the Financial Professional Gateway (FinPro)? Use the following steps to register:
  • FAQ
    Following 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.