You can apply for your transitional licence online. We encourage you to apply early to ensure you have your licence in time for the start of the new regime in early 2021.
The licence can be in your business name or your individual name.
Holding a financial advice provider licence in your individual name means you cannot call yourself a financial adviser and you will be personally responsible for any liabilities incurred as a financial advice provider, including liabilities for breach of legal duties (we will provide more information about this soon).
Only recommend financial products that comply with the FMC Act
Ensure you follow the new disclosure regulations and make sure your client understands the information they are given – we expect draft disclosure regulations to be released for consultation soon
Comply with any licence conditions we may include when granting your licence as well as those set in law
Make sure all financial advisers providing advice on your behalf comply with duties 1 to 7
Tell the FMA if you materially contravene your obligations or make significant changes to your business
If you decide to engage nominated representatives in future, you must have appropriate processes and controls in place to allow you to control the advice being given and the circumstances in which it is given. You must also ensure all nominated representatives comply with these processes.You can only use nominated representatives under a transitional licence if, before 9 April 2019 you were:
a QFE, a member of a QFE group, or
a firm registered on the Financial Service Providers Register that provides class advice through unregistered staff.
Transitional licence application fee (payable to the FMA)
Full licence application fee (payable to the FMA)
$882.05* for standard applications
For complex applications that take longer than three hours, we will notify you and charge $178.25* per hour for any additional time
Annual FMA levy (payable to the Companies Office at FSPR annual confirmation)
$258.75* (ex GST) for the financial advice provider plus $265 for each financial adviser
Note if your business is the financial advice provider, don’t forget to include yourself as a financial adviser when working out the costs. For example, if you engage four financial advisers to work with you, the total cost will be $1,782.50* ($258.75 + ($304.75 x 5))
FSPR annual confirmation fee (payable to the Companies Office)
$86.25* for the financial advice provider plus $86.25* for each financial adviser
Initial FSPR registration fee (Payable to the Companies Office)
$345* plus $529 levy if registering a new entity on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR)
Read the code of professional conduct to find out the standards of conduct and client care, and competence, knowledge and skill you must meet and how to meet any skills or knowledge gaps. Look out for further communications from us about how to do this