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Consumer Protection Offices

City, county, regional, and state consumer offices offer a variety of important services. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate professional service providers, provide educational materials and advocate for consumer rights. To save time, call before sending a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have and if complaint forms are provided.

State Consumer Protection Offices

Departmento de Asuntos Del Consumidor

Website: Departmento de Asuntos Del Consumidor

Address: Departmento de Asuntos Del Consumidor
Apartado 41059
Minillas Station
Santurce, PR 00940

Phone Number: 787-722-7555

Toll-free: 1-866-520-3226 (PR)

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Banking Authorities

The officials listed in this section regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check Federal Agencies.

Oficina del Comisionado de Instituciones Financieras

Website: Oficina del Comisionado de Instituciones Financieras

Address: Oficina del Comisionado de Instituciones Financieras
PO Box 11855
San Juan, PR 00910-3855

Phone Number: 787-723-3131

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Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for each type of insurance. The officials listed in this section enforce these laws. Many of these offices can also provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Website: Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Address: Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
B5 Calle Tabonuco, Suite 216 PMB 356
Guaynabo, PR 00968-3029

Phone Number: 787-304-8686

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Securities Administrators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and securities - including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate, etc. The officials and agencies listed in this section enforce these laws and regulations. Many of these offices can also provide information to help you make informed investment decisions.

Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions

Website: Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions

Address: Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions
Securities Division
PO Box 11855
San Juan, PR 00910-3855

Phone Number: 787-723-3131

TTY: 1-800-981-7711 (Consumers)

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Utility Commissions

State Utility Commissions regulate services and rates for gas, electricity and telephones within your state. In some states, the utility commissions regulate other services such as water, transportation, and the moving of household goods. Many utility commissions handle consumer complaints. Sometimes, if a number of complaints are received about the same utility matter, they will conduct investigations.

Public Service Commission

Website: Public Service Commission

Address: Public Service Commission
PO Box 190870
San Juan, PR 00918

Phone Number: 787-756-1919

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