DORA participates in SmartCheck Week April 11 - 17, 2016

DENVER (April 12, 2016) -- Consumers should make it an annual habit to check the background of their financial professionals.  To encourage this habit, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) launched SmartCheck Week, April 11 - 17, 2016, an effort to have consumers check the background of their financial professional at least once a year.  

In that same spirit, the SecuritiesInsurance, and Real Estate divisions of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) are doing their part to help increase awareness about this small but important step as part of DORA’s statewide “Take 5 to Get Wise” campaign and Financial Literacy Month activities.  

Here are some of the types of state-licensed professionals or organizations that might help you with financial matters.

  • Broker-dealer sales representatives
  • Investment adviser representatives
  • Insurance agents
  • Mortgage broker-dealers
  • Mortgage loan originators
  • Title insurance agents

"We encourage consumers to take five minutes for their financial health," commented DORA Executive Director Joe Neguse.  "Through a quick online check, you may discover new information about the background of your financial professional."  

"Why should you regularly check the background of the financial professionals who are working on your behalf? Because, a lot happens in a year. Much like checking the batteries in your smoke alarm on a yearly basis, we are encouraging everyone to ensure your existing financial professional is registered and his or her license is up to date, and familiarize yourself with any disciplinary actions that might be on their record,” said Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome. “These steps are important to ensure that your finances are safe and sound.”

How to Verify a License 

Look up Colorado licenses for many kinds of state regulated professionals at AskDORA.colorado.gov.  Click on the red “Verify a License” button.   
At our “What We Regulate” page, you’ll see a searchable table to find the types of professions or industries you wish to check. Once you find the profession or industry you want to look up,  select “verify license,” which will redirect you to the appropriate database in order to search by an individual’s or organization’s name.
If you have questions on how to verify a license, ask DORA by calling 303-894-7855 or 800-886-7675.  

In addition, at SmartCheck.gov, the CFTC provides you with easy access to several tools to check the background of securities professionals. Visit AskDORA.colorado.gov or SmartCheck.gov this week and confirm your financial professional’s registration and background.

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Media Contacts:
Jillian Sarmo 
Division of Securities
P 303-894-2878 
 

Vincent Plymell 
Division of Insurance
P 303-894-2261  C 303-910-9614
vincent.plymell@state.co.us 


Eric Turner 
Division of Real Estate
P 303-894-2424
eric.turner@state.co.us