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The department registers more than 200,000 broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents, investment advisers, investment adviser representatives and notice filers who conduct securities-related business in Pennsylvania.
Broker-dealers can be a person or a company in the business of buying and selling securities, operating as both a broker and a dealer, depending on the transaction. Look for investment professionals and firms registered to do business in Pennsylvania through BrokerCheck.


Secretary's Letter on Cybersecurity (PDF)

The Department continues to work collaboratively with federal regulators, other states financial regulators, and other Commonwealth agencies to address cybersecurity challenges.

Federal Government Principles on Responding to Cyber Incidents
A Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-41) released on July 26, 2016, sets forth principles governing the federal government’s response to any cyber incident, whether involving government or private sector entities. For significant cyber incidents, PPD-41 also establishes lead federal agencies and an architecture for coordinating the broader federal government response. Learn more:
The department’s Bureau of Securities Licensing, Compliance, and Examinations has issued an exam guidance to ensure that licensees have a basic understanding of what to expect from the department prior to and during an examination. The department has also issued an Investment Adviser Self-Inspection Checklist [PDF], which can help licensees better understand regulatory and compliance issues.

Cybersecurity Update
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) members have issued a revised Management booklet, which is part of the FFIEC Information Technology Examination Handbook (IT Handbook). The IT Handbook is available here

Amendments to the PA Securities Act of 1972
Following the October 1, 2012, merger of the PA Securities Commission into the PA Department of Banking to create the PA Department of Banking and Securities, Act 52 of 2014 was signed into law, designed to update the 1972 Act as a result of the merger and recent changes in both federal and state securities laws. Read more [PDF].


contact Us

For licensing issues or questions call:
  • For Broker-Dealer Firms:  717.783.4211
  • For Broker-Dealer Agents:  717.783.4212
  • For Investment Adviser Firms and Representatives:  717.783.4211
  • For Investment Adviser Notice Filers:  717.783.4221

For issues regarding securities offerings, call 717.787.8059

To reach the Chief Accountant’s office, call 717.783.4229
To reach the Chief Counsel’s office, call 717.787.1471