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Getting Started

The API Developer Center is a strategic FINRA initiative to support the automation goals of member firms and the broader financial services industry.  We built the API Developer Center to make it faster and easier to build automated compliance solutions that improve risk management and lower regulatory costs.

FINRA's API Platform is designed to meet the needs of software developers within member firms or other industry organizations that have systems or products that they want to integrate with FINRA products and services.

API Products

When FINRA first launched the API Developer Center in early 2020, we offered the Query API product (often referred to as the Data Out API). The Qurey API allows third-party systems to access FINRA data via a standard query interface that provides sophisticated filtering capabilities and other features arcoss a variety of categories including:

  • Equity
  • FINRA Content
  • Fixed Income
  • Registration
  • Firm

Within each of these categories (or dataset groups) a variety of datasets are available that contain specific data fields.

Heading into 2022, FINRA anticipates launching additional API products including:

  • A Submission API that allows external systems to submit data and filings to FINRA 
  • A Notification API that allows external systems to subscribe to data change notifications

Details of the API Products and related data and features can be found in our API documentation.

API Credential Types

The FINRA API Platform offers four (4) API Credential Types:

  1. Test Credential - provides access to test/mock data and allows for exploring the API platform in a test environment.
  2. Public Credential - provides access to public data and does not incur a fee.
  3. Organization-Type Credential - provides access to public data as well as organization type-specific data and incurs a fee. The organization types will initially include:
    • Firm - FINRA member firm.
    • Organization - other industry organizations such as service providers, RegTech providers, Insurance Companies, etc.
  4. Individual - a person acting on their own behalf whether or not they are associated with a Firm or Organization.

The type of organization the API user is associated with determines what type of API Credentials can be created:

  • Firm users will be able to create Test, Public, and Firm credentials
  • Organization users will be able to create Test, Public, and Organization credentials
  • Individual users will initially be able to create Test and Public credentials.

API Fee Structure

Each Organization-Type Credential provisioned by an API user will incur a monthly connection fee and may incur a data usage fee if the total data usage for the Credential exceeds 10 GB in a given month. Please see the Fee page for details on the API fee structure.

Test and Public credentials due not incur connection or usage fees. However, total data usage for Test and Public credentials cannot exceed 10GB per month. Once the 10GB limit is reached, the credential will be inactive until the start of the next calendar month.

Implementation Process

Please see this page for details on the typical API development process including obtaining production credentials.