September 28, 2018: Federal banking agencies exempts premium finance loans from CIP

From FinCEN:

Federal Banking Agencies and FinCEN Announce Exemption from Customer Identification Program Requirements for Premium Finance Loans 

 

The Federal Banking Agencies (FBAs), with the concurrence of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), today announced an Order granting an exemption from customer identification program requirements implementing section 326 of the USA PATRIOT Act, 31 U.S.C. § 5318(l), for loans extended by banks (and their subsidiaries) subject to the jurisdiction of the FBAs to commercial customers to facilitate purchases of property and casualty insurance policies.

And from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:

 
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Ensuring a Safe and Sound Federal Banking System for All Americans
 
OCC BULLETIN 2018-35

Subject: Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money LaunderingDate: September 28, 2018

To: Chief Executive Officers, BSA Officers, and Compliance Officers of National Banks, Federal Savings Associations, and Federal Branches and Agencies; Department and Division Heads; All Examining Personnel; and Other Interested Parties

 

Description: Order Granting Exemption From Customer Identification Program Requirements for Premium Finance Lending

Summary

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the National Credit Union Administration (collectively the federal banking agencies (FBA)), with the concurrence of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), are issuing the attached order granting an exemption from the requirements of the customer identification program (CIP) rules implementing section 326 of the USA PATRIOT Act for certain loans. The affected loans are those extended by banks and their subsidiaries under the jurisdiction of the FBAs to commercial customers to facilitate purchases of property and casualty insurance policies referred to as insurance premium finance lending or premium finance loans.

Note for Community Banks

The principles contained in this order apply to all national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies.

Highlights

The FBAs have determined, and FinCEN has concurred, that granting this exemption from the requirements of the CIP rules is consistent with

  • the purposes of the Bank Secrecy Act and
  • safe and sound banking practices.

Further Information

Please contact Spencer W. Doak, Director for BSA/AML Compliance Policy, at (202) 649-5470.

 

Grovetta N. Gardineer
Senior Deputy Comptroller for Compliance and Community Affairs

Links:

Multi-Agency Order

OCC Notice

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