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Effective Date: Supervisory Guidance on Multiple Re-Presentment NSF Fees

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is issuing guidance to ensure that supervised institutions are aware of the consumer compliance risks associated with assessing multiple nonsufficient funds (NSF) fees arising from the re-presentment of the same unpaid transaction. Additionally, the FDIC is sharing its supervisory approach where a violation of law is identified and full corrective action is expected.


Many financial institutions charge NSF fees when checks or Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) transactions are presented for payment, but cannot be covered by the balance in a customer’s transaction account. After receiving notice of declination, merchants may subsequently resubmit the transaction for payment. Some financial institutions charge additional NSF fees for the same transaction when a merchant re-presents a check or ACH transaction on more than one occasion after the initial unpaid transaction was declined. In these situations, there is an elevated risk of violations of law and harm to consumers. During consumer compliance examinations, the FDIC has identified violations of law when financial institutions charged multiple NSF fees for the re-presentment of unpaid transactions. The FDIC found that some disclosures provided to customers did not fully or clearly describe the institution’s re-presentment practice, including not explaining that the same unpaid transaction might result in multiple NSF fees if an item was presented more than once.

  • June 16, 2023
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