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Who needs to take the Series 65 examination?

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In order for an individual to register and serve as an investment advisor representative (also known as an “IAR”) of a registered investment advisor firm (also known as an “RIA”), most state securities regulators require the individual to successfully complete the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination (also and more commonly referred to as the “Series 65 examination”). As discussed below, state securities regulators have certain exceptions or alternatives to the general requirement that a prospective investment advisor representative has successfully completed the Series 65 examination prior to submitting his or her registration application (the “Form U4”). Some state securities regulators also accept other professional designations in addition to those listed above as an alternative to the Series 65.

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