The certification process involves a search of files maintained in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Particular attention is given to structural changes brought about by mergers, purchase and assumption transactions, consolidations, corporate title changes, amendments to articles of association, and the establishment of branches. Each request for a certification requires: locating a particular bank's file, researching that file for documents that have been requested, removing and duplicating the documents, and preparing the certification that carries the seal of the Comptroller's Office and the signature of the Comptroller.
Because of the extensive research required to identify and prepare documents for certification, the OCC is unable to meet unreasonably short deadlines. The OCC will process most certification requests within 10 business days from the date it receives the request.
Submit requests for certified documents to:
Comptroller of the Currency
Charges are $100 per certificate. Duplicates are $10 each. Prepayment is required. Requesters will get faster service if they include the OCC charter number of the bank.
Requests by telephone are not accepted. Verbal confirmation of an institution's corporate existence is not provided.
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