Florida Office of Financial Regulation Florida OFR Home Page
Division of Consumer Finance

Dealers – FINRA Member: Associated Person

Associated person of a dealer means any person who for compensation refers, solicits, offers, or negotiates for the purchase or sale of securities.

A person whose activities fall within this definition is required to register with the Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) as an associated person of a dealer pursuant to Section 517.12(1), Florida Statutes (F.S.).

The OFR will not register any person as an associated person of a dealer, unless the dealer with which the associated person seeks registration, is lawfully registered with the OFR.

Note: Registration as an associated person of a dealer does not constitute registration as an associated person of an investment adviser, or vice-versa. The two associated person registrations are separate and distinct.

Registration Requirements

The Florida Division of Securities participates in the Central Registration Depository (CRD) system for registration of associated persons for FINRA member dealers.

All FINRA member dealers requesting associated person registration shall file the Form U-4, Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer, documents and fees prescribed in Section 517.12(10), F.S., and Rule 69W-600.002, F.A.C., through the CRD.

CRD Access

To obtain more information about how to make associated person filings through the CRD system, contact FINRA at (301) 590-6500 or visit their website http://www.finra.org/industry.

Maintaining or Renewing Registration

Amendments to Form U-4

If the information contained on the Form U-4, Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer, becomes inaccurate for any reason, the dealer shall file an amendment on the Form U-4 correcting the information within 30 days.

Amendment filings shall be made through the CRD system.

Termination of Associated Person Registration

FINRA member dealers shall file notices of termination for their associated persons on the Form U-5, Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration.

Termination filings shall be made through the CRD system.

Renewal of Associated Person Registration

Renewal fees for associated persons of FINRA member dealers shall be submitted through the CRD system in accordance with FINRA guidelines. It is incumbent upon the registrant, not the OFR, to ensure that the renewal payment is submitted timely. The renewal fee is $50 for each associated person.

Registrants should refer to Section 517.12(11), F.S., and Rule 69W-600.002, F.A.C., for additional guidance.

Registrations for associated persons of FINRA member dealers expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed timely for the registrant to remain registered to conduct business in, to or from Florida.

Forms

Form U-4, Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer -- Form U-4 Instructions

Form U-5, Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration -- Form U-5 Instructions

Statutes and Rules

Applicants for registration as associated persons of a FINRA member dealer are subject to the requirements found in Chapter 517, F.S., the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act, and the administrative rules, Sections 69W-100 through 69W-1000, F.A.C.