The FSA has today revealed that by the end of April, it had received 15,046 registrations to obtain an application pack and 5,580 applications for authorisation.
8,675 registrations were from insurance businesses and 6,371 for mortgages.
Out of those that have already applied for authorisation, 3,684 were mortgage firms and 1,896 were general insurance firms.
So far the FSA has given authorisation to 1,135 firms to carry out mortgage or general insurance business.
Of these 806 were mortgage firms and 329 were general insurance.