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Financial Institution Letters

April 17, 2018

Electronic Fingerprinting for Background Checks Related to Applications

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FIL-21-2018 - PDF (PDF Help)


The FDIC is moving to electronic fingerprinting to facilitate background checks performed in connection with applications and notices submitted to the FDIC, including: applications for federal deposit insurance, notices of acquisition of control, requests for participation in the banking industry by individuals with certain criminal convictions, and notices to replace board members or senior management in certain institutions. The FDIC will begin using the new process during the second quarter of 2018.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions Under $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-insured and proposed insured depository institutions.


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