An entity seeking to become registered as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) must file its application with the CFTC electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The CFTC encourages applicants to contact staff of its Division of Clearing and Risk for guidance in preparing an application for registration. Questions may be submitted via email, fax (202-418-5536) or telephone (202-418-5430). Applicants must submit a completed Form DCO, including cover sheet, all applicable exhibits, and any supplemental materials:
The CFTC will not begin processing an application unless the applicant has filed the application as required by CFTC Regulation 39.3 (17 CFR 39.3). Failure to file a completed application will preclude the CFTC from determining that an application is materially complete, as provided in Section 6(a) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), 7 USC § 8(a).
The CFTC will review an application for DCO registration pursuant to the 180-day time frame and procedures specified in Section 6(a) of the CEA. The CFTC will approve the application, register the applicant as a DCO subject to conditions, or deny the application.