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Consumer Education and Resources

The DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking issues consumer guides and other informational resources to educate District of Columbia residents on financial services and insurance topics. Select from the following links to view the guides and more resources for consumers. In addition, DISB participates in a number of other financial education campaigns throughout the year. Also, remember you can file a complaint or report financial fraud to our agency.

DISB Consumer Financial Resources GuideDISB Consumer Financial Resources Guide

DISB’s Consumer Financial Resources Guide is a one-stop resource for consumers regarding financial services and insurance resources in the District of Columbia. The guide covers such topics as auto, health, home and life insurance, banking and personal finance, housing, foreclosure prevention, how to file a complaint or report fraud, small business resources and more.

DISB Consumer Alerts and Guides

DISB publishes consumer alerts and guides to inform District of Columbia residents about financial services and insurance topics and to help residents avoid being a victim of fraud or unfair and fraudulent business practices.

Recent alerts and guides:

View the full library of alerts and guides.

Insurance Resources

DISB provides a number of resources to help you with all types of insurance policies.

Insurance Rate Comparisons

Car Insurance

Health Insurance

Homeowners and Renters Insurance

Insurance and Weather-Related Events or Natural Disasters

Life Insurance


Foreclosure Prevention

DISB provides access to a number of resources to help District residents avoid foreclosure including foreclosure mediation, housing counseling and legal aid for homeowners. Call the District’s Foreclosure Prevention Hotline – (202) 265-CALL (2255) or 1(855) 449-CALL (2255) to get started.


See below for resources related to banks, credit unions, ATMs and related topics.

Personal Finance

  • LifeCents, free financial health assessment: DISB and its Bank on DC program offer a free personal financial health assessment through an online platform called LifeCents. It is a comprehensive personal financial wellness program designed to help evaluate, understand and improve financial health.
  • Accessing Your Free Credit Report: Did you know that each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—are required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months?

Investor Education

DISB offers investor education resources and participates in campaigns to enhance District residents’ investor and retirement education knowledge. 

  • Online Investor Education Programs: DISB partners with the Investor Protection Trust to provide personal finance and investment basics through online programming. The next offering is available in winter 2016. If you would like more information, contact DISB at (202) 727-8000.
  • DASH for the STASH: DISB, in coordination with Investor Protection Trust and the DC Public Library, participates in DASH for the STASH, an investment knowledge contest focused on helping residents become more educated investors. The contest winner receives $1,000 to open or add to an individual retirement account (IRA). The next contest offering is tentatively scheduled for spring 2016.
  • Tools for Retirement: Is an Annuity Right for You?
  • Affinity Fraud – Scams Targeting the Faithful

Community Presentations

DISB is in your community! See our in-person consumer education calendar at this link or request a DISB speaker for your upcoming neighborhood or organization meeting.