Digital Financial Assets Law
On October 13, 2023, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 39 and Senate Bill 401, together called the Digital Financial Assets Law (DFAL).
The DFAL provides the DFPI with rulemaking authority and an operative date of July 1, 2025 to ensure the regulatory framework is thoughtfully tailored to provide investor and consumer protections and address the crypto asset industry.
Invitation for Comment by January 12, 2024
The DFPI seeks public comment on topics related to the DFAL license application, licensure requirements, and stablecoin approval. The Commissioner invites interested parties to submit comments by January 12, 2024.
Prior to the comment deadline, the DFPI will host a virtual informal listening session with stakeholders to discuss feedback on this informal invitation for comments on January 8, 2024. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “DFAL Listening Session RSVP” for an invitation to attend. The DFPI anticipates invitations for comment on additional topics in the future.
Beginning July 1, 2025, companies must be licensed by the DFPI or have applied for a license with the DFPI to operate in California. The DFAL prohibits an entity from engaging in digital financial asset business activity unless the entity holds a license from the DFPI. Digital financial business activity includes activities such as exchanging, storing, or transferring a digital financial asset, such as a crypto asset. The new law promotes consumer and investor protection by creating a robust regulatory framework, including supervision and enforcement authority, for certain crypto activities.