Escrow Law

The Escrow Law is contained in Division 6 (commencing with Section 17000) of the California Financial Code . The regulations are contained in Subchapter 9, Title 10, California Code of Regulations commencing with Section 1700 (10 C.C.R. § 1700, et seq.).

The Escrow Law protects members of the public who entrust their money or other assets to independent escrow agents in California. Escrow agents, joint control agents and Internet escrow agents are subject to the provisions of the Escrow Law.

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How to reach us:

Department of Business Oversight
Financial Services Division, Escrow Law
320 West 4th Street, Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90013-2344

Phone: (213) 576-7500
Fax: (213) 576-7178
Email: Ask.DBO@dbo.ca.gov

Announcements

  • 7/3/20 – There are three current openings on the Escrow Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee is established in Financial Code Section 17214. The Committee’s purpose, as designated in statute, is to assist the Commissioner in the implementation of his duties under the Escrow Law.

    The Committee is comprised of eleven members, including the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee. The Commissioner appoints the Committee members, other than those representing Escrow Institute of California and Escrow Agents’ Fidelity Corporation. Appointed members serve for a period of two years without compensation or reimbursement for expenses. The Committee meets quarterly at the Department’s Los Angeles office. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 8, 2020.

    The Committee vacancies are representatives from:

    1. A small-size escrow company,
    2. An escrow company that has other ownership, and
    3. A CPA who has escrow agent clients.

    Examples of other business ownership may include escrow agents owned by title companies, real estate brokers, etc. Managers or corporate officers of independent escrow companies are eligible to serve on the committee.

    If you, your company or your company’s CPA qualifies for one of the open positions, you and/or your CPA are encouraged to apply by sending a letter of qualifications and/or resume to the attention of Paul Liang, Special Administrator at 320 West 4th Street, Suite 750, Los Angeles, California 90013. The deadline for submissions is on July 17, 2020. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Liang at (213) 576-7535.

  • 5/29/20 – The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held telephonically.  The call in information is on the meeting agenda.  Please contact Special Administrator Paul Liang in the Los Angeles office at (213) 576-7535 if you have any questions.  The AGENDA for the coming meeting (PDF) and the MINUTES for the March 10, 2020 meeting are available.
  • 03/02/20 – The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Business Oversight’s Los Angeles office located at 320 West 4th Street, 7th floor conference room.  Please contact Special Administrator Paul Liang in the Los Angeles office at (213) 576-7535 if you have any questions.  The AGENDA for March 10, 2020 (PDF)  and the MINUTES for the December 10, 2019 (PDF) meeting are available.
  • 11/27/19 – The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Business Oversight’s Los Angeles office located at 320 West 4th Street, 7th floor conference room.  Please contact Special Administrator Paul Liang in the Los Angeles office at (213) 576-7535 if you have any questions. The AGENDA for December 10, 2019 (PDF) and the MINUTES for the September 10, 2019 (PDF) meeting are available.
  • 08/30/19 – The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Business Oversight’s Los Angeles office located at 320 West 4th Street, 7th floor conference room.  Please contact Special Administrator Paul Liang in the Los Angeles office at (213) 576-7535 if you have any questions.  The AGENDA for September 10, 2019 (PDF) and the MINUTES for the June  20, 2019 meeting (PDF) are available.
  • 06/07/19 – The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Business Oversight’s Los Angeles office located at 300 S. Spring Street, 15th Floor Conference Room. Please contact Special Administrator Paul Liang in the Los Angeles office at (213) 576-7535 if you have any questions. The AGENDA for June 7, 2019 meeting (PDF)  and the MINUTES for the March 18, 2019 meeting (PDF)  are available.
  • 03/07/19 – The next Escrow Law Advisory Committee meeting will be on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Business Oversight’s Sacramento office located at 1515 K Street, 2nd Floor Video Conference Room. The meeting will also be available through video conference at the Department’s Los Angeles office located at 300 S. Spring Street, 15th Floor Video Conference Room. Please contact Special Administrator Paul Liang in the Los Angeles office at (213) 576-7535 if you have any questions. The AGENDA for March 7, 2019 meeting (PDF) and the MINUTES for the December 17, 2018 meeting (PDF) are available.
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Securities (Escrow Law) Forms

Department of Business Oversight is pleased to provide links to the following forms listed below. To find which is the proper office to file your application and or notice, please refer to Commissioner’s Release 13-G (Revised) (PDF)

The table below contains a list of Securities (Escrow Law) Forms
Form Number Form Title Format
Internal Control Guidelines PDF
DBO-512 SIQ Statement Of Identity & Questionnaire PDF
DBO-EL 8018 Request for Live Scan Service – Applicant Submission PDF
DBO-EL 301 Application for License under the Escrow Law PDF
DBO-EL 301A General Information regarding the Application for Escrow Agents, Joint Control, and/or Internet Escrow Agents License PDF
DBO-EL 302 Application for a License to Establish a Branch Office PDF
DBO-EL 303

Bond of Escrow Licensee  and Instructions for Completion of Surety Bond Form

Notice to Escrow Applicants and Licensees New Escrow Surety Bond Form Requirements Effective January 1, 2014

PDF
DBO-EL 303A Bond of Escrow Agent (For Fidelity Bond Deductible) PDF
DBO-EL 314 Instructions for Establishing Records and Accounts Pursuant to the Escrow Law PDF
DBO-EL 315 California Escrow Law Audit Report PDF
DBO-EL 321 Assignment To Commissioner Of Business Oversight PDF
DBO-EL 321A Instructions for Deposit of Cash in Lieu of Surety Bond PDF
DBO-EL 323A Time Certificate or Certificate of Deposit PDF
DBO-EL 326 Application for Authorization to Change Ownership PDF
DBO-EL 330 Escrow Agent Manager Questionnaire PDF
DBO-EL 336 Subordination Agreement PDF
DBO-EL 338 General Information on the Licensing and Regulation of Independent Escrow Agents PDF
DBO-EL 339 Revised Notice of Fingerprint Processing Requirements Under the Escrow Law PDF
DBO-EL 805 Consent to Service Process PDF
DBO-EL 17213 Request for Consent to Transfer an Interest in an Escrow Agent’s License PDF
DBO-EL 1726 Notice of Officers, Directors, Trustees, Employees or Other Persons Directly or Indirectly Compensated by Escrow Agents PDF
DBO-EL-1726A Affidavit PDF
DBO-EL 17419 Statement of Identity and Employment Application PDF
DBO-ESC 17213.1 California Escrow Law Change of Address Form PDF
DBO-LE 500.262 Customer Authorization of Disclosure of Financial Records PDF
DBO-LF 596 Summary of Personnel PDF

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Escrow Agents: Employee Disciplinary Actions

List of individuals that have been censured, suspended, or barred by the California Department of Corporations pursuant to Financial Code Section 17423 of the Escrow Law from January 1, 1991 to 2012. (PDF)

To check the name of an individual who may have been disciplined by the Department of Corporations under Financial Code section 17423 prior to January 1, 1991 please contact the Consumer Services Office toll free at 1-866-275-2677.

For further information of any of the Department’s actions noted, please contact the Consumer Services Office toll free at 1-866-275-2677. Also, please visit the California Department of Insurance and California Department of Real Estate databases for additional information.

 

Last updated: Aug 11, 2020 @ 5:13 pm