The Division of Securities registers and monitors the activities of broker-dealers, securities agents, investment advisers, and investment adviser representatives. It also conducts field audits and investigates complaints and when violations are detected, it initiates the appropriate administrative, injunctive, or criminal action. There are 4 groups within the division; Registration of Professionals, Franchising, Enforcement and Securities Registration and Exemption.
Have a question? Call us
If you have a question about a broker-dealer, securities agent, investment adviser or investment adviser representative, call the Division of Securities at 608-266-1064 (Press Option 3) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Franchise Filing Important Notice:
In an effort to continue encouraging the more sustainable, efficient, and effective registration process provided through the electronic filing system, the Division of Securities will only accept franchise registrations filed electronically after May 31, 2016.
Crowdfunding in Wisconsin
A change in state securities laws that permits Wisconsin businesses to raise money through Internet crowdfunding sites takes effect June 1, 2014. The new law (2013 Wisconsin Act 52) allows a Wisconsin business to raise up to $1 million from state investors through crowdfunding portals. The amount that can be raised increases to $2 million if the issuer has had an audit in its most recent fiscal year, and has provided the audit to prospective investors and the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).
For additional information, go to www.wdfi.org/fi/securities/crowdfunding/default.htm
Financial Service Providers
This advisory provides basic information on three types of financial services professionals and their obligations to you as a client.Understanding different roles of financial professionals (PDF: 137 KB / 2 pages)
For more information about what's new in the Division of Securities, see our What's New page.
- Investor alert: Be wary of "next big thing" when it comes to investing (PDF: 207 KB / 2 pages)
Registration of Professionals
- Lists of Licensees -- Broker-Dealers, Agents, Investment Advisers, Investment Adviser Representatives
- General Information
- Broker-Dealer Information
- Investment Adviser Information
- Securities Agent
- Investment Adviser Representatives
- Securities Fee Waiver for Veterans
Securities Registration and Exemption
- General Information
Securities Registration and Exemptions Online Search
This online search allows customers to search for securities registrations and exemptions using filing name, date range, and security type. Customers could use this online search, for example, to verify that a recently submitted securities registration had been received by DFI, and to view its status.
This online search can be found here: https://www.wdfi.org/apps/SecuritiesSearch/search.aspx
This is a free service!
Federal Adviser Branch Office Filing
- Branch Office Online Application
- Account Set-up Tutorial (PDF: 49 KB / 9 pages)
- File a New Branch Tutorial (PDF: 559 KB / 9 pages)
- Address Change for Existing Branch Tutorial (PDF: 745 KB / 11 pages)
- Closings Tutorial (PDF: 619 KB / 10 pages)
- Renewals Tutorial (PDF: 747 KB / 11 pages)