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


visit the DOCQNET Sel-Service PortalSelf-Service Portal – The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Self-Service Portal offers convenient online services to consumers and businesses seeking licensing information from DBO. The Portal allows licensees to submit exemption notices and annual report information. Portal users can also search for licensees, applicants, notice filers, securities and franchise filings and more.


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


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

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. This short interactive learning experience will prepare you with the right skills to manage your financial future!


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.


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Consumer Alerts

Entity fraudulently purporting to be "Pacific Premium Finance, Inc." a licensed Premium Finance Company (10/12/17)

The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has been notified of an entity purporting to be a licensed Premium Finance Company using the DBO licensee's name "Pacific Premium Finance, Inc." (or "PP Finance Inc."). The fraudulent loan documents show the DBO licensee's name, address and iconography, but have the unlicensed phone number 213-908-2673, fax number 213-908-2153 and the email address "". The DBO urges consumers to exercise extreme caution before responding to any solicitation promoting loans or other offers. To check whether a financial service provider is licensed in California, or to file a complaint, consumers should go to the DBO website or call 1-866-275-2677. If you need to contact the DBO licensee, Pacific Premium Finance, Inc. please call Director of Operations, Carol Manson at (314) 682-0017. Read more at the Consumer Alerts page.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident. Throughout the month, state and federal agencies provide resources and tools to consumers and businesses to better protect themselves from cyber-attacks. Many of these resources are collected by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Get Smart About Credit Day is October 19

Whether you’re shopping for a new credit card, loan for a car or house, or even applying for employment, your credit score can have incredibly positive or negative effects on your life. Get Smart About Credit Day encourages and inspires Americans, especially young adults, to take control of this very important aspect of their lives. The Get Smart About Credit program – sponsored by the American Bankers Association Community Engagement Foundation – is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely. To receive more information about this national campaign, visit

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