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Certified Documents

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:

  • Certificate: Certifies the occurrence of a banking transaction.
  • Certification: Certifies that an attached document is a copy of the official record found in OCC files.

Titles of Certificates

  • 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.

Titles of Certifications

  • 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.

Complete instructions on how to obtain certified documents can be seen on the Request Certified Documents page.