The Division of Real Estate: Objectives and Limitations

Administration 2021, Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate, Uncategorized

The Division of Real Estate regulates the real estate, mortgage, appraisal, and timeshare industries through licensing, enforcement, and education. Licensing https://realestate.utah.gov/licensing-information/The Division of Real Estate issues licenses to real estate agents, real estate brokers, principal lending managers, mortgage loan originators, certified residential appraisers, certified general appraisers, and timeshare sales people. In order to qualify for a license, an applicant must …

Supply Chain Shortages Making it Harder to find a Legitimate Deal

Administration 2021, Department of Commerce, Division of Consumer Protection, Scams, Tips & Advice

COVID-19 and related supply disruptions have made it hard to find and purchase some categories of goods. While many efforts are being made to resolve that situation, Scammers are using the supply crunch as a cover for scams. We hope that sharing some of the reports received by the Division of Consumer Protection can help you become aware of current …

Utah’s Division of Consumer Protection give a few tips on how to check out a charity before you donate

Administration 2021, Division of Consumer Protection, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized

“Tis the season for giving.” This time of year, many are looking to give back. Whether you have a favorite cause to donate to, or are looking for a worthy one, the Utah Department of Commerce’s Consumer Protection Division is here to help. Our Division of Consumer Protection registers approximately 6,000 charities in the State of Utah. Any charity soliciting …

The Division of Securities: Objectives and Limitations

Administration 2021, Division of Securities, Uncategorized

Have you wondered what the Division of Securities can do for you? A bit of historical perspective might provide a better understanding. Founded in 1919 as the Securities Commission for enforcement of Utah’s Blue Sky laws, the Utah Division of Securities now enforces the Utah Uniform Securities Act. The Act has five objectives:¬ to license broker-dealers and their agents, investment …

Tips to make sure you’re ready to Register Your Business

Administration 2021, Department of Commerce, Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, Uncategorized

Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Corporations and Commercial Code has been registering more entities than previous years (1.36% more LLC’s in 2019.) With so many people setting up new businesses, we wanted to help the process go more smoothly. Sometimes people come to our OneStop Business Registration System first before they know how they want to file. We at …

Our Office of Consumer Services, Watching out for the Small Utility Customer

Administration 2021, Department of Commerce, Office of Consumer Services

Have you ever heard news reports of utility rate changes or discovered new charges on your utility bill and wondered who was looking out for you, the small utility customer? The good news is that the Office of Consumer Services is established in Utah law to do just that: to advocate on behalf of residential and small commercial customers of …

What is a Security? From the Division of Securities.

Administration 2021, Division of Securities

Security is a term used often in financial transactions. Generally speaking, a security is a tool used to generate a financial gain.  Most people understand securities to be stocks and bonds and know that special laws apply to securities, but many do not realize that Utah law defines “securities” far more broadly than just stocks or bonds. A security also …

Introducing our Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

Administration 2021, Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman

What is an Ombudsman? The term “ombudsman” typically refers to someone appointed by the government to investigate or resolve disputes between citizens and their government. Utah’s Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman helps individuals and government agencies understand and comply with constitutional rights when actions taken, or authorized, by state and local government affect property rights. The Office is staffed …

Power Outages in Utah

Administration 2021, Division of Public Utilities

We are approaching the 1 Year Anniversary of the great “Wind Storm” that hit Utah September 6th, 2020. As many will remember 200,000 homes and businesses lost electrical power, thousands of trees were toppled and 4,700 residents were without power for almost a week. The Department of Commerce has asked our Division of Public Utilities to give us the information …

Educational Video Series Sheds Light on Engineering and Land Surveying Licensure

Administration 2021, Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

The Department of Commerce and the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) are making strides to educate Engineering and Land Surveying licensees and those interested in these professions. DOPL recently released a series of videos that introduce the public to the licensure process for engineers and land surveyors as well as clearing up some common confusion. DOPL issues licenses …