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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

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For Licensees

visit the DOCQNET Sel-Service Portal Self-Help Portal – The DBO’s DOCQNET Self-Help Portal allows licensees to submit online applications, exemption notices, annual report information and more. For details, visit DBO’s self-help portal.

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Vist the website for the Governor of the State of California, Edmund G. Brown
Vist the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Secretary Website
Visit the California Commissioner of Business Oversights Page


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Consumer Advisory

Scam Tries to Rip Off Consumers in False Solicitation About Signal Oil Fraud Settlement (08/14/2015)
A likely phony law firm is contacting people by phone and offering to send them a portion of funds recovered for investors in a securities fraud case against Signal Oil. The callers claim a Los Angeles, CA law firm called Palmer & Associates has investors’ restitution but will send the money only after receiving a fee equal to 20 percent of the victim’s share of the alleged settlement. They also falsely claim they have a contract with the California Department of Corporations (predecessor agency to the Department of Business Oversight) to disburse the money to defrauded investors. DO NOT SEND MONEY IF YOU RECEIVE ONE OF THESE CALLS.  Get more details here.

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