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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Fingerprint Requirements

These procedures are applicable if you are associated with an application or notice that has been filed or that will be filed in the near future with the Federal Reserve System, and Reserve Bank staff has determined that you are subject to a name check. This is a procedure whereby background information on an individual is requested from other regulatory and investigative authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In order for the FBI to perform this check, you must supply your fingerprints. This may be done in one of two ways:

Use of a Fingerprint Card

We will supply you with a fingerprint card, postage paid pre-addressed envelope, and letter of instructions. The fingerprint card must be taken to a police station or other law enforcement location, where law enforcement personnel will fill out the card and take your fingerprints. You should call the location to get specific instructions on arranging an appointment, the cost to you (if any) of having the fingerprint card completed, and any special information required by that particular location. In addition to the fingerprint card, you should take

(1) the postage paid pre-addressed envelope (addressed to the Office of Personnel Management) to the location where you have chosen to have your fingerprints taken, and
(2) picture identification, such as a drivers license. You should not fill out any section of the fingerprint card.

Law enforcement staff will fill out the card. Once the fingerprint card is complete, law enforcement officials may mail the card in the provided envelope, or should seal the fingerprint card in the envelope and give it back to you for mailing. If the completed card is returned to you, please mail it as soon as possible. Should the FBI determine the print to be "unreadable" you will be required to have it re-taken.

Use of a Live-Scan Terminal

Individuals located in the metro Philadelphia area may find it more convenient to visit our Reserve Bank at 7th & Arch Sts. and have their fingerprints taken electronically through a device called a Live-Scan terminal ("Live Scan"). Advantages to Live Scan technology are that the readability of the prints is instantly determined, and they are electronically transmitted to the FBI. On your designated appointment day, you will be escorted to our Protection Division where you will be required to provide photo identification. The entire process should take no more than a few minutes to complete.

Please note that a delay in returning your fingerprint card or in having your fingerprints taken electronically can result in a delay in final action on your application or notification. To the extent possible, you should be fingerprinted prior to the submission of a filing with the Federal Reserve.

To request a fingerprint card and related materials or to schedule a Live Scan appointment, please contact our Regulatory Applications Unit. Individuals who may assist you in this regard include:

Robbin Brown (215) 574-3990

Questions regarding the applicability of fingerprint requirements should be directed to the following individuals:

H. Robert Tillman, AVP (215) 574-4155
Judy Lynn, Applications Analyst (215) 574-6171