Welcome to DFI

Welcome to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. DFI plays a key role in strengthening Wisconsin's financial future by protecting the safety and soundness of Wisconsin's financial institutions, safeguarding the investing public, facilitating commerce, and increasing financial capability throughout the state. The department administers the Wisconsin Consumer Act and maintains the state's business and organization filings. Questions? Please call (608) 261-9555, or visit Contact Us, to be directed to the appropriate area. We look forward to serving you!

Corporate Filing Alerts!

2021 Wisconsin Act 258 was enacted on April 15, 2022. The Act makes several revisions to Chapters 178, 179, 180, 181, and 183 of the Wisconsin Statutes, including modifications to the required content or fees associated with some types of filings. For those filings affected by Act 258, the DFI Corporations Bureau’s forms page now includes new or updated forms. Documents filed with the Corporations Bureau after April 16, 2022 should use the updated forms. Document fees are reflected on the relevant form or on the Corporations Bureau’s online fee schedule.

Homeowners’ Association Filing Alerts!

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are entities created to manage or regulate, or to enforce covenants and restrictions for, residential planned communities. An HOA may consist of members, stockholders, or other owners, substantially all of whom are owners of residential lots that are part of the residential planned community served by the HOA.

Under 2021 Wisconsin Act 199, HOAs within this state must annually file public notices with the Department of Financial Institutions containing certain general and contact information. This information will be published on the Department’s website for reference by residents, realtors or other real estate professionals, and any other member of the public. Initial public notices for HOAs are due January 13, 2023; a form is available here. If an HOA fails to timely file its initial public notice or any annual renewal notice with the Department, the HOA will be prohibited from charging a late fee or other fine for any unpaid assessments owed by any residential lot owner, or from charging any fee in connection with any transfer of ownership of a residential lot, until the required notice has been filed.

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