The main functions of the Directorate are as under
To enforce Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 and Prevention of money Laundering Act 2002.
To collect and develop intelligence relating to violation of the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act and Prevention of money Laundering Act 2002.
To conduct searches of suspected persons, conveyances and premises and seize incriminating materials (including Indian and foreign currencies involved)
To enquire into and investigate suspected violations of provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act and Prevention of money Laundering Act 2002.
To adjudicate cases of violations of Foreign Exchange Management Act penalties departmentally and also for confiscating the amounts involved in violations.
To realize the penalties imposed in departmental adjudication;
To attach and confiscate properties involved in the act of Money laundering.
To arrest the person suspected to be involved in the act of money laundering.
To prosecute the person involved in the act of money laundering.
In addition to the above functions relating to the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Directorate also processes and recommends cases for detention of habitual offender under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act,1974 (COFEPOSA), which provides interalia for detention of a person with a intention of preventing him from acting in a manner prejudicial to the conservation and augmentation of exchange.