The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) provides regulatory oversight for our state’s financial service providers. DFI is self-supporting, in that none of its operating revenues come from the state's general tax funds. Its operating revenues are paid by the organizations and individuals it regulates.
DFI regulates financial services to protect and educate the public and promote economic vitality. See our 2015-2017 strategic plan (PDF)*
DFI was created by combining pre-existing units from two state agencies in October, 1993. The agency's beginnings date back to the early 1900s, with the organization of the Division of Banking on June 12, 1907, and the Division of Securities in the 1930s. (DFI was created by Ch. 43.320 RCW)
2005-2012 Legacy and Lessons Learned
DFI invites you to read our agency’s legacy book, created in effort to share stories about who we are, what we do, our accomplishments and lessons learned in the past eight years. We are proud of the work of our staff and our efforts to fulfill DFI’s mission.
The department's five divisions regulate a wide range of financial enterprises and individuals, such as: banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, payday lenders, and securities issuers and salespeople.
- Administration (No webpage)
Legislative and Annual Reports
Legislative and annual reports for the Department of Financial Institutions.
A summary of bills passed during past legislative sessions of interest to DFI or our stakeholders.
All records maintained by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) are available for inspection unless law specifically exempts them. DFI is committed to responding to all public records requests in a timely manner.
Public Records Index
- Browse DFI's Public Records Index to find information on how to obtain or request a specific public record.
Public Records Request Forms
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