The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DBO supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DBO licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders. For a complete list of the types of financial services providers and industries regulated by the DBO, go to http://www.dbo.ca.gov/Licensees/default.asp.

For Consumers

For Licensees

visit the DOCQNET Sel-Service Portal Self-Service Portal – The DBO’s DOCQNET Self-Service Portal allows licensees to submit online applications, exemption notices, annual report information, search for financial service providers, and more.

Financial Statistics and Industry Data

Highlighted Resources

Mortgage Education and Outreach – Consumer education about homeownership, mortgage fraud and foreclosure prevention


Seniors Against Investment Fraud – Provides California seniors with information and resources to make informed financial decisions as well as how to avoid fraud and scams


Protect You and Your Family From Fraud For Servicemembers and Veterans – Information for California’s military community to help them make smart financial decisions, avoid predatory lending being and being scammed

DBO Online Financial Education – Online financial education tool that provides consumers with helpful information on a variety of financial topics


Bank On California – Provides unbanked California households access to mainstream financial products, services and education, including no-cost and low-cost checking and savings accounts with participating banks and credit unions

California Financial Literacy Month – Provides information, news and resources to help Californians make informed financial decisions and achieve their financial goals


CA Senior Gateway – One-stop website intended to provide seniors, their families, and caregivers with the information they need to connect to helpful services and resources, to find answers, and solve problems

National Consumer Protection Week – Annual campaign in May to help Americans understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money


Keep Your Home California – Programs to help California homeowners retain their homes if they have suffered a financial hardship


CalHFA – Provides financing and programs that create safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income Californians


CalBRE – Licenses and regulates real estate licensees



NMLS – System of record for non-depository, financial services licensing or registration in participating state agencies

NMLS Consumer Access – A free service for consumers to confirm that the financial-services company or professional with whom they wish to conduct business is authorized to conduct business in their state

Connect With Us!

Vist the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Secretary Website

California Financial Literacy Month

California Financial Literacy Month (CAFLM) is April 2017. Each year CAFLM highlights the importance of financial literacy and encourages all Californians to increase their understanding of saving, investing and credit choices. You can lean learn more about Financial Literacy Month, and find educational materials, at the DBO CAFLM page . More consumer protection information is also available at the DBO Consumers page.

Unlicensed Lender Warning: ‘MOCO’ or ‘MOCO Credit of California’ (2/15/2017)

The DBO has been notified of an entity calling itself “MOCO” or “MOCO Credit of California” or “MOCO (dba Lending Street of California)” falsely claiming to hold a lender’s license with DBO.  Read more at the Consumer Alerts page.

Craigslist Scammers Falsely Claim to be DBO Escrow Licensee (1/13/2017)

The DBO has been notified of a company or individuals falsely claiming to be DBO escrow company licensee Oakwood Escrow Inc. in fraudulent Craigslist ads offering rental properties. Read more at the Consumer Alerts page.


 

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