DEFINITION of 'SEC Form CA-1'
A form that is completed and submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the purpose of registering as a clearing agency. SEC Form CA-1 is also used to apply for exemption from registration as a clearing agency and to make any amendments to a firm already registered.
BREAKING DOWN 'SEC Form CA-1'
Clearing agencies are self-regulatory organizations (SRO); there are two types of clearing agencies - clearing corporations and depositories. Section 3(a)(23) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 defines clearing agencies.