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

Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS) - System of record for non-depository, financial services licensing or registration.

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.

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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 Yourself From Fraud For Servicemembers and Veterans – Information for military community to help them make smart financial decisions, avoid predatory lending and protect themselves from financial fraud and scams

 

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

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 – The Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) licenses and regulates the real estate industry and some mortgage loan originators

 

Unclaimed Property Search  - California State Controller's Office operates the State's Unclaimed Property program.

 

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

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Consumer Alerts

“Vanguard Group LLC” fraudulently purporting to be well-known securities broker Vanguard (07/10/17)

The DBO has been notified that a company – using the names “Vanguard Group LLC” and “Advantage fin,” the websites vanguardfinancialdirectla.com and vanguardbrokeragellc.com (currently defunct), the email customeraccounts@advantagefin.com, and the address 12100 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles – is claiming to be licensed by the DBO and is using the icon and name of well-known securities broker Vanguard. Read more at the Consumer Alerts page.

Craigslist Scammers Falsely Claim to be DBO Escrow Licensee (06/27/17)

The DBO has been notified of companies or individuals falsely claiming to be DBO escrow company licensees,  “America Trust Escrow” and “Oakwood Escrow Inc.” in fraudulent Craigslist ads offering rental properties.  Read more at the Consumer Alerts page.

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