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.
The Florida Division of Securities utilizes the Regulatory Enforcement and Licensing (REAL) System for registration of associated persons for Non FINRA member dealers. This online system enables the Form U-4, Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer, documents and fees to be submitted electronically. Additional filing requirements shall be submitted as prescribed in Section 517.12(10), F.S., and Rule 69W-600.0022, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
Paper applications received by the OFR will be returned to the applicant with instructions for filing electronically.
Required fingerprint submissions shall be filed electronically. Click here for additional information.
To apply for registration through the online services, click here.
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 Non FINRA member dealer shall file an amendment on the Form U-4 correcting the information within 30 days.
Renewal fees for associated persons of Non FINRA member dealers shall be filed electronically through the REAL System of the OFR. 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-600.0022, F.A.C., for additional guidance.
Registrations for associated persons of Non 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.
Applicants for registration as an associated person of a Non 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.