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Financial Institution Letters

Bank Secrecy Act
Registration and De-registration of Money Services Businesses

March 1, 2006

Summary: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has released the attached guidance clarifying the registration, renewal and de-registration requirements of money services businesses (MSBs).

  • On February 3, 2006, FinCEN issued guidance clarifying the registration, renewal and de-registration requirements for MSBs.
  • Persons/entities defined as MSBs are generally required to register with FinCEN. Registration is required within 180 days after the day that the person/entity is established as an MSB.
  • Thereafter, the MSB must renew its registration every two years by December 31st for as long as the MSB continues to meet the MSB definition.
  • There is currently no provision or procedure to allow an MSB to de-register. The only option for a business that has ceased to operate as an MSB, or that has registered incorrectly, is to refrain from renewing its registration.
  • Examples of various renewal dates are provided in the guidance.
  • The complete document can be found at the following FinCEN website: http://www.fincen.gov/msbregistration_de_registration.html.
  • Please distribute this information to the appropriate personnel in your institution.

FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officer
BSA Compliance Officer

Related Topics:
Bank Secrecy Act

Registration and De-Registration of Money Services Businesses

Registration and De-Registration of Money Services Businesses - PDF 27k (PDF Help)

Senior Program Analyst Charles W. Collier at
SASFIL@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-3673

Printable Format:
FIL-20-2006 - PDF 70k (PDF Help)

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Last Updated 03/01/2006 communications@fdic.gov

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