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.


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The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The DBO 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 transactions(commonly known as payday loans) and certain fiduciaries and lenders. The Department also 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.

Important Information

visit the DOCQNET Sel-Service Portal

The Department launched a new Self-Service Portal as a result of the Document Quality Network (DOCQNET) project implementation. Securities permit applications and exemption notices filed pursuant to the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 and franchise applications and exemption notices filed under the Franchise Investment Law may be filed and paid online using the Portal. Companies licensed under the California Finance Lenders Law, California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law, and Escrow Law, may access the Portal to submit applications for licensure, view the status of applications, submit annual report information, and update contact information. LOEN and Cal-EASI databases are accessible and searchable from the Portal. For more information on the project, including helpful tutorials and FAQs, please visit www.dbo.ca.gov/docqnet.

What’s New

  • 10/23/14 –The Commissioner of Business Oversight Commissioner proposes to adopt regulations under the California Finance Lenders Law and the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. The proposed regulations would clarify that nondepository operating subsidiaries, affiliates, and agents of federal banks and other financial institutions are required to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Business Oversight. The period within which to comment on this proposed regulatory action ends on December 8, 2014. (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking PRO 03/13)
  • 10/14/14 – The 2013 Annual Report of operation of Finance Companies under the California Finance Lenders Law is now available.
  • 10/03/14 – The 2013 Annual Report of operation of Deferred Deposit Originators is now available.
  • 10/03/14 – The California Department of Business Oversight has released the results of a survey of payday lenders in California. The survey gathered information on transaction volume and amounts, customer borrowing and repayment patterns, collection practices, and compliance practices of payday lenders regulated by the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law (CDDTL).
  • 09/18/14 - Affordable Credit Building Opportunities (ACBO) Pilot Program Survey.
  • 09/10/14 - The Escrow Advisory Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, originally set for a 10AM, has been changed to 1 PM. Call Richard Malme at (213) 576-7595 if you have any questions.
  • 08/26/14 - The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Business Oversight’s Los Angeles office located at 320 West Fourth Street, Seventh Floor Conference Room. Please contact Special Administrator Richard Malme in the Los Angeles office at (213)-576-7595 if you have any questions. Agenda. The minutes from the June 23, 2014 meeting are now available.
  • 08/25/14 - Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen urges Department of Business Oversight licensees to grant appropriate latitude to customers affected by the severe damage resulting from the Napa earthquake. Because of the earthquake damage and the widespread effect it will have on the economy in these counties, the Commissioner encourages the Department's licensees to work with customers in dealing with the economic hardships of this disaster. Read the notice DBO Urges Licensees to Appropriate Napa Customers Affected by Napa Earthquake.
  • 08/06/2014 - The Commissioner of Business Oversight adopted amendments to Sections 10.190500 and 10.190501 in Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations pursuant to Financial Code section 332(d) These regulations provide state chartered banks and savings associations with a way to measure the credit exposure of derivatives transactions so that they may lawfully engage in them. These amendments were filed with the Secretary of State on July 23, 2014, and become effective on October 1, 2014. (Adopted Rules PRO 19/13)
  • 07/17/2014 - The Commissioner of Business Oversight adopted amendments to implement the Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans as enacted by Senate Bill 318 (Chapter 467, Statutes of 2013) under the California Finance Lenders Law. Specifically, this regulatory action amended Section 1550 of Article 10, repealed Sections 1580 through 1596 of Article 13, and adopted Sections 1600 through 1618 to Article 14, of Subchapter 6 of Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations. These amendments are effective upon filing with the Secretary of State on July 17, 2014. (Adopted Rules PRO 15/13)



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  • 09/12/14 - **Cash N More at 21919 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA**
    The California Department of Business Oversight has been notified that a business operating under the name Cash N More of Canoga Park, California is offering deferred deposit transactions, commonly known as payday loans, to California residents without a license…
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