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Membership Information

Who Can Become a Member of the Federal Reserve System

Any state-chartered bank (mutual or stock-formed) may become a member of the Federal Reserve System. The 12 regional Reserve Banks supervise state member banks as part of the Federal Reserve System's mandate to assure strength and stability in the nation's domestic markets and banking system. Reserve Bank supervision is carried out in partnership with the state regulators, assuring a consistent and unified regulatory environment. Regional and community banking organizations constitute the largest number of banking organizations supervised by the Federal Reserve System. Through its decentralized structure, use of emerging technology and partnerships with state regulators, the Federal Reserve has developed a risk-focused approach that is responsive and provides member banks with a high-quality and efficient supervisory process.

Apply for Membership

To apply for membership, complete and submit application for membership: Form FR 2083A/B/C. A bank seeking membership should contact the Federal Reserve prior to submitting a final application to allow for the completion of a pre-membership examination, if needed.

File an Application

Application Information by Organization

Regulatory applications are required for member banks and bank holding companies to engage in expansionary activity. Any person or group “acting in concert” may be required to file an application to acquire a controlling interest in a banking organization. See this page for more on the types of activities that require an application. Read more...

E-Apps Tool

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is able to accept all regulatory applications through the E-Apps tool. This web-based application allows banking organizations supervised by the Federal Reserve System to submit applications online, either directly or through their authorized representatives. The system has been designed to ensure confidentiality is maintained.

For Seventh District questions on regulatory applications, or on utilizing E-Apps, please contact Mergers & Acquisitions Manager Chameen Letourneau and include “FRB Application Questions” in the subject line. Read more...

Borrow from the Federal Reserve's Discount Window

The Seventh District’s Discount Window website includes resources and contact information related to current borrowing programs. Read more...

Manage Your Federal Reserve Account

Manage your reserves and/or clearing balances and learn about Payments System Risk policy. Read more...

Access the H.2A (Comment on Applications and Notices Filed)

View applications and notices that have been filed or will be filed shortly with the Federal Reserve System under the Bank Holding Company Act, the Change in Bank Control Act, the Home Owners' Loan Act or Regulations Y, LL, MM for which a notice has been sent to the Federal Register that are open for public comment. Read more...


Comment on Applications and Notices Filed

View applications and notices filed with the Federal Reserve System that are open for public comment. Read more...

Orders on Banking Applications

View press releases issued by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. On the linked below, under Filter By: Type:, select Orders on Banking Applications to view orders issued under the Bank Holding Company Act, the Bank Merger Act, and the International Banking Act. Read more...

Public Information Documents

Weekly actions taken by the Board, its staff and the Federal Reserve Banks are listed in the Board's H.2 release. The H.2 also lists reports from the Federal Reserve Banks on applications received and on ratings under the Community Reinvestment Act. Read more...

Public Meeting Transcripts

Under the Bank Holding Company Act, the Federal Reserve Board is required to consider the effects of proposed mergers and acquisitions involving bank holding companies. Read more...

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