What it is:
The Series 63 (formally known as the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam) primarily covers a specific state's laws and ethical standards. Some states require brokers to obtain this license before soliciting clients and taking orders.
How it works/Example:
To obtain a Series 63 license, the applicant must pass the Series 63 exam. The National American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) administers the test.
The exam consists of 65 multiple-choice questions and is 75-minutes long. Candidates must score at least 70% on the test to pass. Candidates can retake the exam after a prescribed waiting period.
In many states, a broker cannot legally advise clients, solicit transactions, and execute transactions for clients until he or she has passed the Series 63 exam and obtained the corresponding license.
Why it matters:
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