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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 21. Securities And Retail Franchising
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Division Of Securities And Retail Franchising
Chapter 20. Broker-Dealers, Broker-Dealer Agents and Agents of the Issuer
11/24/2020

21VAC5-20-85. Limited Canadian broker-dealer registration.

A. A broker-dealer that is resident in Canada and has no office or other physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia may, provided the broker-dealer is registered under this section, effect transactions in securities:

1. With or for a person from Canada who is temporarily residing in or visiting the Commonwealth with whom the Canadian broker-dealer had a bona fide business-client relationship before the person entered this Commonwealth; or

2. With or for a person present in this Commonwealth whose transactions are in a Canadian self-directed tax advantaged retirement account of which the person is the holder or contributor.

B. Application for registration as a broker-dealer under this section shall be filed with the commission at its Division of Securities and Retail Franchising or such other entity designated by the commission on and in full compliance with forms prescribed by the commission and shall include all information required by such forms.

C. An application for registration as a broker-dealer under this section shall be deemed incomplete for purposes of applying for registration unless the following executed forms, fee, and information are submitted to the commission:

1. An application in the form required by the jurisdiction in which the broker-dealer maintains its principal place of business.

2. Statutory fee payable to the Treasurer of Virginia in the amount of $200 United States currency pursuant to § 13.1-505 F of the Act.

3. Evidence that the applicant is registered as a broker-dealer in the jurisdiction from which it is effecting the transactions.

4. Evidence that the applicant is a member of a self-regulatory organization or stock exchange in Canada.

5. Any other information the commission may require.

D. A broker-dealer registered under this section shall:

1. Maintain its provincial or territorial registration and its membership in a self-regulatory organization or stock exchange in good standing;

2. Provide the commission upon request with its books and records relating to its business in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a broker-dealer;

3. Immediately notify the commission of any criminal action taken against it or of any finding or sanction imposed on the broker-dealer as a result of any self-regulatory or regulatory action involving fraud, theft, deceit, misrepresentation, or similar conduct;

4. Disclose to its clients in the Commonwealth of Virginia that the broker-dealer and its agents are not subject to the full regulatory requirements of the Act.

E. A broker-dealer's registration under this section, and any renewal thereof, shall expire annually at midnight on the 31st day of December unless renewed in accordance with subsection F of this section.

F. To renew its registration, a broker-dealer registered under this section shall file with the commission at its division the most recent renewal application, if any, filed in the jurisdiction in which the broker-dealer maintains its principle place of business, or if no such renewal application is required, the most recent application filed pursuant to subdivision C 1 of this section along with the statutory fee in the amount of $200 United States currency pursuant to § 13.1-505 F of the Act.

G. A Canadian broker-dealer registered under this section and acting in accordance with the limitations set out in this section is exempt from all other rules applicable to broker-dealers except the anti-fraud provisions of the Act and the requirements set out in this section.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 13.1-523.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 17, Issue 20, eff. July 1, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. July 31, 2015.

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