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More resources for national banks


Here you will find instructions and supporting documentation necessary to

  • Form a new national bank or Federal savings association
  • Move an existing institution into the national banking or Federal savings association system
  • Acquire individual control of a national bank or Federal savings association
  • Make structural changes and expand activities at an existing national bank or Federal savings association.

Corporate applications and other activities of national and foreign banks and Federal savings associations are primarily governed by, but not limited to, Title 12, Parts 5 and 100 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which contains information on rules of general and specific applicability, where and how to file, and requirements and policies applicable to filings.

Corporate Activities 
The Weekly Bulletin is a record of applications received and actions taken by the Comptroller of the Currency for national banks. This includes applications for new banks, conversions, change in corporate title, new branches, branch closings, mergers, changes in bank control, relocations, subsidiaries, terminations, federal branches and agencies, and fiduciary activities.

The FSA Bulletin (Excel) is a record of applications received and actions taken by the Comptroller of the Currency for Federal savings associations. Information in the FSA Bulletin can be sorted by a number of data fields including applicant name, OCC control number, or application type. See the FSA Bulletin Guide for additional information.

Licensing Manuals
The Comptroller's Licensing Manual consists of a series of booklets that explain the OCC’s policies and procedures on key licensing topics.

Interpretations and Actions
Find significant decisions on corporate applications, legal staff interpretations, CRA decisions, enforcement actions, and more.

Application Contacts
Most corporate applications are submitted to the OCC district in which the bank is headquartered. Find contact information and learn about exceptions.

All licensing fees have been suspended until further notice.

Activities Permissible for a National Bank (PDF)
This cumulative document details the activities in which national banks are permitted to engage. Activities addressed include general banking, fiduciary, insurance and annuities, securities, and technology

Significant Legal, Licensing, and Community Development Precedents (PDF)
This annual document contains the most recent year's precedents regarding general banking and securities activities, compliance, enforcement actions, investments, preemption, and regulation.

National Bank Operating Subsidiaries
A complete list made available through OCC’s

Related News and Issuances
Publish DateIdentifierTitle
03/07/2014  OCC 2014-6, Basel III Conforming Amendments: Interim Final Rule
12/12/2013  OCC 2013-37, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Fees and Assessments: Calendar Year 2014 Fees and Assessments Structure
11/26/2012  OCC 2012-39, Conversions of Depository Institutions: Interagency Statement on Section 612 of the Dodd-Frank Act: Restrictions on Conversions of Troubled Banks