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The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is the state agency responsible for the supervision of the financial services industry and for chartering, licensing and registering various financial institutions, securities firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. In order to accomplish its mission, DFI conducts examinations on state-regulated financial industries through its Division of Depository Institutions, Division of Nondepository Institutions and Division of Securities.
DFI also provides educational materials and outreach to protect consumers from financial fraud. DFI assists the industry and public through the investigation of complaints filed with the office. If you have a question or need to file a complaint, DFI is here to help.
The DFI website has been redone for improved content and navigation. You will find all the useful information from the previous site, as well as some new pages. Everything you need can be found using the yellow ribbon across the top of the page. In particular:

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8/4/2015Prestonsburg Senior Scam Jam

​Register now for the FREE Senior Scam Jam event in Prestonsburg on Aug. 20! This anti-fraud awareness event includes lunch and door prizes for the first 150 to register. Call 800-223-2579 or use this online registration form. For more information, visit

6/30/2015​Public Hearing

DFI will host a public hearing on the agency's proposed
payday lending administrative regulation on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the DFI Training Room.

4/13/2015Bowling Green Senior Scam Jam

​Register now for the FREE Senior Scam Jam event in Bowling Green on April 30! This anti-fraud awareness event includes lunch and door prizes for the first 150 to register. Call 800-223-2579 or use this online registration form. For more information, visit

3/26/2015Cybersecurity Resource for Bank Executives

​DFI recently sent bank leadership and IT staff a cybersecurity resource from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). “Cybersecurity 101: A Resource Guide for Bank Executives” is a non-technical, easy-to-read cybersecurity resource guide to help bank CEOs mitigate cybersecurity threats at their banks. The guide puts into one place industry recognized standards for cybersecurity and best practices currently used within the financial services industry. For more information, visit CSBS' cybersecurity page.

8/21/2014Owner of Bankrupt Young Oil Sentenced to 33 Months

The owner of bankrupt Young Oil Company was sentenced to 33 months in prison today, by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for charges included in three separate indictments including failure to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service, mail fraud in connection with the solicitation of investor funds for oil drilling partnerships, securities fraud, submitting false statements for the purchase of a firearm, and for the illegal possession of a firearm by a person addicted to controlled substances announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.  View the press release for more information.




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Mission Statement
DFI's mission is to serve Kentucky residents and protect their financial interests by maintaining a stable financial industry, continuing effective and efficient regulatory oversight, promoting consumer confidence and encouraging economic opportunities.
Putting the Mission to Work   
In fulfilling its mission, DFI is dedicated to serving the suppliers, as well as the users, of financial services and to assuring a stable market which brings the two together.
DFI also works to promote economic growth through increased capital, whether by initial capitalization of private investors or retained earnings, and by flexible policies, laws and regulations that provide for competition within the industries.
Primarily through the examination process, DFI determines if Kentucky's state-regulated financial institutions and securities entities are exercising safe and sound practices and/or complying with applicable laws and regulations. Depository institutions are evaluated in the areas of management, quality of assets, capital adequacy, earnings and liquidity and are checked for compliance with laws and regulations. Securities entity and non-depository institution examinations are focused primarily on regulatory compliance and consumer protection issues.
DFI's long and continuing tradition of public service is supported and sustained by a highly skilled and diverse workforce that responds rapidly to changes in the financial environment.