NEW CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE AND BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP EXAMINATION PROCEDURES

On May 11, 2018, the effective date of the Beneficial Ownership requirements, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued new examination procedures on the final rule, “Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions,” issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on May 11, 2016.

The examination procedures apply to banks, savings and loan associations, savings associations, credit unions, and branches, agencies, and representative offices of foreign banks.

The new examination procedures replace those in the current “Customer Due Diligence — Overview and Examination Procedures” section of the FFIEC’s Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual. In addition, a new overview and examination procedures were developed for the beneficial ownership requirements for legal entity customers.

The FFIEC member agencies created these procedures in close collaboration with FinCEN and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

FinCEN’s 2016 final rule clarifies customer due diligence requirements and also includes a new requirement for covered financial institutions to identify and verify the identity of beneficial owners of certain legal entity customers. Banks and other covered financial institutions were required to comply with the rule beginning on May 11, 2018.

For more information regarding the new procedures please refer to the following sections of the FFIEC BSA/AML Examination Manual:

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