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FINRA updates guidance on fingerprinting requirements

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FINRA has updated its frequently asked questions guidance regarding relief from certain fingerprinting requirements (previously covered here). The guidance notes that, on June 27, the SEC extended its order providing temporary relief from fingerprinting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act Rule 17f-2 for FINRA members until a date to be specified in a public notice from SEC staff. Because FINRA already provided notification to the SEC in March on behalf of its members, their employees, and associated persons, such individuals may continue to rely on the commissioner’s order and FINRA’s notification. However, for an individual seeking registration pursuant to the submission of a Form U4, a FINRA member firm seeking to rely on temporary exemptive relief for registered persons must comply with FINRA’s guidance with respect to FINRA Rule 1010.

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