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Request Certified Documents

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issues certain certified documents concerning national banks and federal savings associations (FSAs).


WARNING! The OCC does NOT accept requests for certified documents submitted by mail, courier, e-mail, fax, or telephone. All paper requests are returned without processing.



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Documents Certified

The Office of the Comptroller (OCC) provides the following two categories of certified documents involving a national bank or federal savings association (FSA) (collectively, bank) it supervises:

Certificates

Certificate certifies the occurrence of a banking transaction. The following are the title of certificates provided:

  • Certificate of Conversion: Certifies an institution’s conversion to a national bank charter.
  • Certificate of Corporate Existence: Certifies that a bank was authorized to transact the business of banking on the date the certificate was issued.
  • Certificate of Corporate Existence and Fiduciary Powers: Certifies that a bank was authorized to transact the business of banking, and additionally, to exercise fiduciary powers on the date the certificate was issued.
  • Certificate of Corporate Title Change: Certifies a bank’s title or name change.
  • Certificate of a Federal Savings Association Merger: Certifies that an institution merged into a FSA.
  • Certificate of Fiduciary Powers: Certifies that a bank was authorized to exercise fiduciary powers on the date the certificate was issued.

Certifications

Certification certifies that an attached document is a copy of the official record found in OCC files. The following are the title of certifications provided:

  • Certification of Appointment of Receiver: Certifies that a copy of the “Receivership Determination and Appointment of Receiver” for a failed bank is attached.
  • Certification of Articles of Association: Certifies that a copy of a national bank’s current articles of association is attached.
  • Certification of Charter: Certifies that a copy of a national bank’s charter certificate or an FSA’s charter is attached.
  • Certification of a Federal Branch or Agency License: Certifies that a copy of a federal branch or agency’s license is attached.
  • Certification of National Bank Merger: Certifies that a copy of the official certification letter concerning an institution’s merger into a national bank is attached.
  • Certification of Office of Thrift Supervision Orders: Certifies that a copy of an order issued by the former thrift regulator is attached.

The OCC does not issue certificates of good standing.

Required Supporting Information for Requests

To obtain a certified document, you must submit an online written request with the following information:

  • Title of the certified document [see the OCC’s list of certified documents].
  • Identifying information for the bank(s) or FSA(s):
  • Appointments of receiver, conversions, mergers, and title changes require the following additional information:
    • Description of transaction to be certified and name of the institution(s) involved [see FDIC BankFind or NIC].
    • An approximate date of the transaction [see FDIC BankFind or NIC].

Fees and Payment Options

Fees

Required at time certified document request is submitted:

  • $100 for each original certified document requested.
  • $10 for each duplicate ordered at the time the original certified document is requested.

Payment Options

Requests must be paid by PayPal, Dwolla, debit card, credit card, or withdrawal from a checking or savings account.

Submit Request and Processing Time

Submit Request

All requests for certified documents must be submitted online.

Request Processing Time

The OCC requires 20 business days from the date of receipt to process a certified document request. The OCC does not provide expedited service for certified document requests.

Document Delivery

Document Delivery

All certified documents are delivered by first-class mail. Alternatively, the requestor may ask for courier pickup; attach a prepaid UPS shipping form; or include a UPS account number.

The OCC does not scan, e-mail, or fax certificates and certifications.

Contact Us

For additional information: (202) 649-6700