Escrow Law

The Escrow Law is contained in Division 6 (commencing with Section 17000) of the California Financial Code . The regulations are contained in Subchapter 9, Title 10, California Code of Regulations commencing with Section 1700 (10 C.C.R. § 1700, et seq.).

The Escrow Law protects members of the public who entrust their money or other assets to independent escrow agents in California. Escrow agents, joint control agents and Internet escrow agents are subject to the provisions of the Escrow Law.

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How to reach us:

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Financial Services Division, Escrow Law
320 West 4th Street, Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90013-2344

Phone: (213) 576-7500
Fax: (213) 576-7178



Licensee Information

Publications and Forms

Laws and Regulations

Service Portal DOCQNET

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Escrow applicants and licensees may access the Self-Service DOCQNET Portal to submit annual escrow liability report information, and update contact information.

Escrow Law Forms

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation is pleased to provide links to the following forms listed below. To find which is the proper office to file your application and or notice, please refer to Commissioner’s Release 13-G (Revised) (PDF)

The table below contains a list of Escrow Law Forms
Form Number Form Title Format
DFPI-512 SIQ Statement Of Identity & Questionnaire PDF
DFPI-EL 8018 Request for Live Scan Service – Applicant Submission PDF
DFPI-EL 301 Application for License under the Escrow Law PDF
DFPI-EL 301A General Information regarding the Application for Escrow Agents, Joint Control, and/or Internet Escrow Agents License PDF
DFPI-EL 302 Application for a License to Establish a Branch Office PDF

Bond of Escrow Licensee and Instructions for Completion of Surety Bond Form

Notice to Escrow Applicants and Licensees New Escrow Surety Bond Form Requirements Effective January 1, 2014

DFPI-EL 303A Bond of Escrow Agent (For Fidelity Bond Deductible) PDF
DFPI-EL 314 Instructions for Establishing Records and Accounts Pursuant to the Escrow Law PDF
DFPI-EL 315 California Escrow Law Audit Report PDF
DFPI-EL 321 Assignment To Commissioner of the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation PDF
DFPI-EL 321A Instructions for Deposit of Cash in Lieu of Surety Bond PDF
DFPI-EL 323A Time Certificate or Certificate of Deposit PDF
DFPI-EL 326 Application for Authorization to Change Ownership PDF
DFPI-EL 330 Escrow Agent Manager Questionnaire PDF
DFPI-EL 336 Subordination Agreement PDF
DFPI-EL 338 General Information on the Licensing and Regulation of Independent Escrow Agents PDF
DFPI-EL 339 Revised Notice of Fingerprint Processing Requirements Under the Escrow Law PDF
DFPI-EL 805 Consent to Service Process PDF
DFPI-EL 17213 Request for Consent to Transfer an Interest in an Escrow Agent’s License PDF
DFPI-EL 1726 Notice of Officers, Directors, Trustees, Employees or Other Persons Directly or Indirectly Compensated by Escrow Agents PDF
DFPI-EL-1726A Affidavit PDF
DFPI-EL 17419 Statement of Identity and Employment Application PDF
DFPI-ESC 17213.1 California Escrow Law Change of Address Form PDF
DFPI-LE 500.262 Customer Authorization of Disclosure of Financial Records PDF
DFPI-LF 596 Summary of Personnel PDF

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Actions and Orders pursuant to Escrow Law

Actions, Orders and Administrative Hearing Decisions

List of individuals that have been censured, suspended, or barred by the California Department of Corporations pursuant to Financial Code Section 17423 of the Escrow Law from January 1, 1991 to 2012. (PDF)

To check the name of an individual who may have been disciplined by the Department of Corporations under Financial Code section 17423 prior to January 1, 1991 please contact the Consumer Services Office toll free at 1-866-275-2677.

For further information of any of the Department’s actions noted, please contact the Consumer Services Office toll free at 1-866-275-2677. Also, please visit the California Department of Insurance and California Department of Real Estate databases for additional information.


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