Key Function: provides regulatory oversight for Florida’s financial services providers.
Mission: to protect the citizens of Florida, promote a safe and sound financial marketplace, and contribute to the growth of Florida’s economy with smart, efficient and effective regulation of the financial services industry.
History: the OFR was created in 2003 by section 20.121(3), Florida Statutes, from cabinet reorganization legislation. The OFR is preceded by the former Comptroller’s Office dating to the mid-1800s.
Leadership: the OFR reports to the Financial Services Commission, which is comprised of Florida’s cabinet. The office is headed by a commissioner appointed by the Commission. The Commission has final rule approval, but all regulatory decisions are vested with OFR.
Budget: the OFR is self-supporting in that all of its operating revenues come from the organizations and individuals it regulates.
Office Locations: Tallahassee, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Miami and Tampa.
Organization: the OFR has three Divisions and one Bureau. The programs oversee and regulate a wide range of financial enterprises and individuals, such as state-chartered banks, credit unions, mortgage loan originators, securities industry participants, consumer finance companies, money transmitters, foreign currency exchangers and payday lenders.