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What are CRD Numbers and Why are They Important?

What is a Broker CRD Number?

A CRD stands Central Registration Depository, which is a database that contains information on brokers and brokerage firms. Every stockbroker that is licensed to sell securities in the United States has a CRD number.

Every broker and brokerage firm is required to disclose specific information throughout the entire licensing and registration process. A CRD report may not be totally inclusive, however it can provide valuable information including details on the following:

  • Registration
  • Licensing
  • Background
  • History
  • Complaints
Why is It Beneficial to Have a Broker’s CRD Number?

It is crucial as an investor to do the appropriate amount of research before placing your savings with an investment professional. Taking the time to do a little bit of additional research can potentially go a very long way toward decreasing the likelihood of investment fraud.

It is important to find out if a broker or brokerage firm is actually registered and if they have a history of complaints, financial difficulties, etc. Looking up their CRD number is one of the best methods to do this.

How to Find a Broker’s CRD Number with FINRA’s BrokerCheck
  • Navigate to FINRA’s BrokerCheck website
  • Enter in the broker or brokerage firm name, followed by the location.
  • The CRD number will be listed under the broker’s name or brokerage firm.
  • You’re done! You can review qualifications, employment history, potential complaints and more.
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