Series 82 - FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offerings Qualification Exam

How do I register to take the Series 82?

To take the Series 82, a FINRA member firm must file a Form U4 application on your behalf through FINRA’s Central Registration Depository (CRD). You will have to get fingerprinted and answer a lengthy set of questions about your background.

What does the Series 82 qualify me to do?

A Series 82 license qualifies an individual for the sale of private placement securities as part of a primary offering; it does not permit the sale of public offerings or municipal or government securities. In order to sit for the Series 82, aka the “Limited Representative – Private Securities Offerings” exam, you must be an associated person of a member firm. 

How long should I prepare for this exam?

We recommend studying 60-80 hours over a four-week period.

What score do I need to pass the exam?

A score of 70% is require for passing.

Note: Your score will be rounded down to the lowest whole number (e.g. 69.9% would be a final score of 69%--not a passing score for the Series 82 exam).

How many questions are on the exam?

There are 100 questions.

How long is the exam?

Two and a half hours. You are allowed to take restroom breaks during the exam; however, the clock will continue counting down. Please contact your preferred testing center for additional information.

Are there other FINRA exams I need to complete as a prerequisite to attempting the Series 82?


How much does the exam cost?

The cost of the exam is $95 at this writing.

If I stop working for my firm, how long will my Series 82 license remain active?

You will have two years between jobs before the license expires.

When you cease working for a firm, your employer will file a Form U5 to terminate your registration. Your next employer will file a Form U4, which will re-register you. As long as you do not exceed two years between employers, your Series 82 license will remain active. 

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