Instructions for Requesting Confirmation that an Institution was FDIC-Insured on the Date of an Offense
The FDIC's Executive Secretary Section can assist prosecutors who need to prove an institution's insured status under a criminal statute by providing a "proof" of insured status. A proof includes:
- a Certificate of Authenticity of Domestic Business Records Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 902(11);
- an FDIC computer printout specifying the name of the institution, its address and insurance certificate number, as well as the date it was first insured and any name changes or mergers; and
- if a branch of a bank is involved, a printout including the branch address.
A request for a proof of insured status must be made on the letter-head of the requesting law enforcement agency. Requests are accepted by fax or by email. The requesting agency should send its request via fax to (202) 898-8788 or via email to Certifications@fdic.gov. A request should include the following information:
- the institution name;
- the institution address, including the branch address if necessary;
- the specific dates of the alleged crimes, or the time period of the alleged crimes; and
- the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the requesting party.
If the documents are requested by overnight mail, the requestor should also provide a Federal Express or similar account number to which the delivery cost can be billed.
More specific questions about the process of providing proofs can also be sent to the FDIC fax number provided above.