As annual renewal season rapidly approaches, investment advisers should be proactive and begin preparing for renewals by reviewing to make sure the investment adviser is properly registered or notice filed, as applicable, and that its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed with all required state securities regulators. The IARD Renewal Program serves to facilitate the annual renewal of investment advisers and their investment adviser representatives’ registrations with the appropriate state securities regulators. Although, an investment adviser’s registration, notice filing, and licensing requirements should be reviewed and monitored on an ongoing basis, the annual renewal process should be used as a time to confirm that the investment adviser is properly registered or notice filed (as applicable) and that its representatives are properly licensed. Additionally, all state registered investment advisers should also review the state requirements to see if branch office registration is required and, if it is, investment advisers should confirm that all branch office locations have been properly registered.
It is imperative that registered investment advisers ensure they are properly registered or notice filed at all times and that its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed at all times. State investment adviser registrations and notice filings and investment adviser representatives’ licensing statuses expire every year on a calendar basis. All renewal fees are paid during the IARD renewal season. While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) does not charge a registration fee, SEC registered investment advisers must pay the appropriate state fees to notice file with all required state securities regulators and to properly register the investment advisers’ representatives with the required state securities regulators.
In accordance with the 2014 IARD Renewal Program Calendar, as of October 1, 2013, investment adviser firms are encouraged to “review their registered persons to ensure that they have properly and timely reported all appropriate information to Web CRD and IARD and that all open branch offices have individuals assigned to them and they are accurately reported.”
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