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FDIC Re-Issues its Processing Timeframe Guidelines for Applications, Notices, and Other Requests

December 6, 2018 / Source: FDIC

Financial Institution Letters

December 6, 2018

FDIC Re-Issues its Processing Timeframe Guidelines for Applications, Notices, and Other Requests

Printable Format:

FIL-81-2018 – PDF (PDF Help)


The FDIC is re-publishing its timeframe guidelines for processing applications, notices, requests, and other filings (collectively, “filings”) submitted on behalf of existing and proposed institutions and other parties.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions with Less Than $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all existing and proposed insured depository institutions.


  • The FDIC established timeframe guidelines for processing filings submitted on behalf of institutions and other parties.
    • The FDIC's goal is to act promptly on each filing, while allowing appropriate time for review and evaluation.
    • Publishing the timeframe guidelines supports the FDIC's goal to have transparency with respect to the way that it processes filings.
  • A list of filing types and the processing timeframe guidelines are posted to the FDIC's website at:
    • The timeframe guidelines apply to filings processed by Regional Offices under delegated authority. Decisions on nearly 95 percent of all filings submitted to the FDIC are made at the Regional Offices.
    • These timeframe guidelines do not apply to filings that:
      • Raise legal or policy issues;
      • Establish or change FDIC policy;
      • Could attract unusual attention or publicity; or
      • Involve an issue of first impression
    • Filings that have been subject to a protest under the Community Reinvestment Act or involve a site with historic or environmental significance also may require additional processing time.
  • Please contact the appropriate FDIC Regional Office for additional information. Contact information can be found at:
    • The FDIC is rescinding FIL-26-96, entitled Application Processing Time Lines.


  • FDIC-Insured Depository Institutions

Suggested Routing:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer

Related Topics:


  • Donald R. Hamm, Special Advisor, Division of Risk Management Supervision, [email protected], (202) 898-3528


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