The Department of Financial Institutions is dedicated to protecting Wisconsin citizens through financial regulation and education. We are committed to ensuring the safety and soundness of Wisconsin financial institutions, protecting the investing public, and enhancing the viability and accessibility of the state's business record-keeping system.
The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates state-chartered banks, savings and loan associations, savings banks and credit unions, as well as various operations of the securities industry. It examines and files charters and other documents of businesses and organizations and registers and regulates the mortgage banking industry and other financial service providers. It oversees Uniform Commercial Code filings, administers the Wisconsin Consumer Act and registers merchants who extend credit. The department is self-supporting through program revenue derived from fees and assessments paid by regulated entities and individuals.