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DEFINITION of 'Series 63'

A securities license entitling the holder to solicit orders for any type of security in a particular state. Securities agents must acquire the Series 63 license, in addition to a Series 7 or Series 6 license, in order to sell securities. To obtain a Series 63 license, the applicant must pass an exam to demonstrate knowledge of state securities acts and related rules and regulations, as well as knowledge of ethical practices and fiduciary obligations.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Series 63'

The Series 63 exam was developed by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and is also called the "Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination." It is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and mainly covers state laws and regulations. Test-takers also need to be familiar with the Uniform Securities Act and the NASAA's Statements of Policy and Model Rules. The exam has 65 questions, of which 60 are scored and at least 43 must be answered correctly for the applicant to pass.

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  1. Is there a limit on the number of times I can re-take the Series 63 exam?

    There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may retake the Series 63 exam. The North American Securities Administrators ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How long must I wait after failing the Series 63 exam before I can take it again?

    Waiting periods are in place for candidates who wish to retake the Series 63 exam. Between retakes, the waiting period is ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to sit for the Series 63 exam?

    United States citizenship is not required for Series 63 test-takers. Candidates may take the exam inside or outside the U.S. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. If I failed the Series 66, does the waiting period apply if I want to take the Series ...

    The waiting period only applies to retaking the same North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) exam. Candidates ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How often, and how, is a series 63 exam updated?

    Series 63 exams draw questions from a test bank based on state regulations, the Uniform Securities Act and North American ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Are series 63 exams given outside of the United States?

    Series 63 exams are offered at authorized testing centers around the world. The exam does not require U.S. citizenship. Test ... Read Full Answer >>
  7. Does NASAA or anyone else give out the series 63 exam questions?

    Outside of the proctored exam, no access to Series 63 exam questions is offered. Providing access to questions would invalidate ... Read Full Answer >>
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