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The OCC ensures that the corporate structures of national banks and federal savings associations are established and maintained in accordance with the principles of a safe and sound banking system.
The OCC's licensing division receives, analyzes, and decides filings to establish, change the structure of, or change the activities performed by national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. The licensing division works closely with the agency's supervisory and legal divisions to render independent decisions, supported by a strong record of facts and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Note: All licensing fees have been suspended until further notice.
Access the most recent lists of financial institutions chartered and regulated by the OCC, including national banks, federal savings associations, credit card banks, and trust banks.
The Comptroller's Licensing Manual consists of a series of booklets that explain the OCC's policies and procedures on key licensing topics such as mergers, charters, changes in bank control, branch establishment, and conversion to a national bank or federal savings association.
View the record of receipt and OCC actions on applications and notices filed by national banks and federal savings associations.
Use the Corporate Applications Search (CAS) to search applications and actions.
Use the Central Application Tracking System (CATS) to submit licensing and public welfare investment applications and notices.
Provide a comment on certain financial institution applications and other notices, as required by law, regulation, or OCC policy.
Learn how to contact the OCC’s Licensing Office.
Interpretations and actions, published monthly, include legal interpretations, CRA evaluations, enforcement actions, and significant decisions on applications.