Registering a financial service provider from overseas

The rules that apply

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Who must register

You are required to register on the FSPR if any of the following applies:

  • You provide financial services to clients in New Zealand above a minimum threshold
  • You are a reporting entity under the Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act), that provides financial services
  • You offer licensed financial services
  • You act as a financial adviser or a consumer credit provider.

FSPs that provide financial services to retail clients in New Zealand, but have no place of business here, are required to register.

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Some providers are exempt

Providers that don't have a place of business in New Zealand and that do not promote their services to New Zealand clients are exempt from registration requirements (unless they are otherwise required to be licensed).

Confirming you meet the threshold

To register as an FSP you must confirm that you expect to provide financial services to persons in New Zealand above the minimum annual business threshold, being:

  • 10 New Zealand resident financial services clients, and
  • $10,000 of financial services transactions in total with its New Zealand resident clients.

In the first 6 months after registration, the provider must have achieved half of the threshold, that is, 5 New Zealand clients and $5000 of transactions with New Zealand resident clients.

Who can't register

You cannot register on the FSPR if:

  • you provide financial services solely to offshore clients
  • you are an offshore FSP that provides financial services solely to wholesale clients in New Zealand.

Limitations on promoting registered status

The Financial Service Providers (Registration) Regulations 2020 introduced limitations on FSPs promoting their registration, and set out a ‘disclaimer statement’ that must be included on an FSP’s website if:

  • the FSP is registered but not licensed in New Zealand
  • the FSP is not a financial adviser or a certified person (in respect of the service of being a creditor under a credit contract)
  • the provider refers to its FSPR registration (for example, in an advertisement or on its website) or New Zealand dispute resolution membership, other than where the reference is required by law or dispute resolution rules.

Any breach of the requirement to include the warning statement can result in deregistration from the FSPR. These statements can be found on the Government’s legislative website.

All help topics

Getting started on the register 6 guides

Dispute resolution schemes (DRSs) 2 guides

If you provide financial services to retail clients, you must join a DRS within 10 working days of registering and keep your membership details up to date on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR).

Filing an annual confirmation 3 guides

To remain registered as a financial service provider (FSP) you must confirm your FSP's details and services each year. Find out how to file your confirmation online, or to change the month you do it

Deregistration and reregistration 3 guides

You can voluntarily deregister a financial service provider (FSP), or it may be deregistered by the Registrar. In some circumstances you can object to a deregistration, or apply to have the FSP reregistered.

Paying fees and levies 3 guides

If you're a financial service provider (FSP), you pay fees for some transactions, including registration. You also pay levies to the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). There are several ways to pay.

Managing your online services account 6 guides

Your FSPR online services account allows you to keep your FSP's contact and payment details up to date. From your account dashboard you can view and manage outstanding applications and tasks.