From Monday 15 March 2021, you must hold a Financial Advice Provider licence to provide regulated financial advice to retail clients.
The licence can be in your entity name (if, for example, you run your business through a company and your company will hold the licence with you as the individual adviser) or your individual name, if you personally will hold the licence in your own name.
Holding a Financial Advice Provider licence in your individual name means you cannot call yourself a financial adviser and you will be personally responsible for any liabilities incurred as a financial advice provider, including liabilities for breach of legal duties
Applications for Financial Advice Provider full licences are now open. Apply now.
Duties and obligations
As a provider of financial advice, you will be regulated under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act), as amended by the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (FSLAA). You will need to meet certain duties and obligations.
For a summary of the duties and obligations that apply to you, see what it means to be a Financial Advice Provider in the new regime.
Full licence application fee (payable to the FMA)
$703.80* for standard applications.
For complex applications that take longer than two hours, we will notify you and charge $178.25* per hour for any additional time
FMA levy (payable to the Companies Office at FSPR annual confirmation)
MBIE have announced an increase in FMA levies, which will be phased in over the next three years. As an indication, the FMA levy payable for annual confirmations that fall between 15 March 2021 – 30 June 2021 will be: $644* if your business is the financial advice provider and you are a financial adviser providing advice on your business’s behalf ($299* + $345*). These amounts increase to $322 payable by the financial advice provider and $391 payable by the financial adviser from 1 July 2021, a total cost of $713*. $1,311*, if you hold a financial advice provider licence in your own name and give advice purely on your own account ($299* + $1,012*), increasing to $1,449* from 1 July 2021. In this example you cannot refer to yourself as a financial adviser. For full details, including the increased levy amounts (exclusive of GST) that will apply from 1 July 2021 and 1 July 2022 and outyears, see the FMA levy table on the MBIE website.
FSPR annual confirmation fee (payable to the Companies Office)
2 x $86.25* if your business is the financial advice provider and you are a financial adviser providing advice on your business’s behalf 1 x $86.25* if you’re a financial advice provider giving advice purely on your own account
Initial FSPR registration fee (payable to the Companies Office)
$345* If you’re a financial adviser who is currently operating as a sole adviser practice, you will need to establish a new registration for your company on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR) if you choose to operate in a similar way in the new regime. To provide some relief as you transition to the new regime, you won’t need to pay the initial $529.00* FMA levy to register your business as a provider of a financial advice service for the first time. This relief will only apply if you are currently relying on the single adviser practice exemption and choose to adopt a similar model in the new regime. This relief will apply for those registering their business on the FSPR from 25 November 2019 to 16 June 2021. For more details, visit the Companies Office website.