Pursuant to the Governor’s Reorganization Plan No. 2 on July 1, 2013, the Department of Corporations and Department of Financial Institutions became the Department of Business Oversight. Learn more.
The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The Department regulates a variety of financial services, products and professionals. The Department oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and travelers checks, and premium finance companies. Additionally, the Department licenses and regulates a variety of financial businesses, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, deferred deposit (commonly known as payday loans) and certain fiduciaries and lenders. The Department regulates the offer and sale of securities, franchises and off-exchange commodities. For the complete list, see the Department’s page about Licensees and Regulated Industries.
07/01/13 - Effective July 1, 2013, the Department of Corporations and the Department of Financial Institutions merged to form the Department of Business Oversight in accordance with the Governor's reorganization of state departments and agencies to provide services more efficiently and effectively. Learn more
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Where Do I Find?...
DBO Call Center
- Toll-Free 1-866-275-2677 (English)
Please email DBO Website Staff if you need assistance locating information on our new DBO Website (replaces www.dfi.ca.gov and www.corp.ca.gov). Also, please note that most historical documents produced before July 1, 2013 will be posted as Department of Corporations and Department of Financial Institutions documents.