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The Central Registration Depository (CRD®) is an automated database used by FINRA and NASAA to store and maintain historical records on registered securities representatives and principals who are employees of member firms.

The CRD® offers a convenient system for individuals seeking registration in more than one state or organization. By using the CRD®, such individuals, instead of submitting a form and fee to each state in which they seek registration, submit only one form and one payment (a sum of all fees required for each registration).

Once the CRD receives electronic forms, it submits the appropriate data and payments to each organization and state where registration is sought. FINRA maintains a webpage with up-to-date information on the web CRD, click here for further information.

Additionally, the CRD® provides data to FINRA's BrokerCheck, which is a free service for individuals seeking information on a specific securities professional or firm. For more information on the NASD BrokerCheck, click here.

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