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


NMLS Consumer AccessNMLS 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 Mortgage Education and Outreach – Consumer education about homeownership, mortgage fraud and foreclosure prevention

Seniors Against Investment Fraud 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

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 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 MonthCalifornia Financial Literacy Month – Provides information, news and resources to help Californians make informed financial decisions and achieve their financial goals


CA Senior GatewayCA 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 CaliforniaKeep Your Home California – Programs to help California homeowners retain their homes if they have suffered a financial hardship


CalHFACalHFA – 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


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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 DBO Licensee Impac Mortgage Corp and its CEO, Joseph R. Tomkinson (12/06/17)

The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has been notified of an entity purporting to be DBO licensee Impac Mortgage Corp. This entity sends unsolicited emails offering loans, using the name of Impac Chief Executive Officer Joseph R. Tomkinson and the email address The loan documents sent via email might have Impac Mortgage iconography on them, and money is requested before the loan is given. 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.

Holiday season brings increased cybersecurity risk (11/21/17)

The California Department of Business Oversight would like to remind consumers that the holiday season brings a higher than normal risk when it comes to cybersecurity. With increases in online shopping and charitable giving during this time, criminals are working harder to exploit unaware Internet users. To better protect yourself, read more at the Consumer Alerts page.

SAFE-BIDCO contact and claims information (10/25/17)

On September 18, 2017, the Commissioner of Business Oversight took possession of the property and business of the State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Development Corporation, or SAFE-BIDCO, pursuant to Financial Code section 592. On the same day, the Commissioner appointed Robb Evans as a special deputy commissioner for the purpose of liquidating SAFE-BIDCO’s assets, discharging its liabilities, and winding down its operations.  If you have an ongoing relationship with SAFE-BIDCO (e.g., as a borrower, lender, or recipient of loan servicing or underwriting services), and you need to contact the special deputy commissioner, please visit the Web site of Robb Evans & Associates at If you have claims against the property or business of SAFE-BIDCO, please view legal documents concerning your rights and remedies located at

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