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Commercial Banks

Commercial Banks: a corporation that accepts deposits, makes loans, pays checks, and performs related services for the public. All Florida banks are required to have Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance.

Application Requirements

Please see the Guide to Organizing a New State Bank in Florida.

For additional information, contact the Division of Financial Institutions Tallahassee office at (850) 410-9800 or via e-mail at OFRFinancialInstitutions@flofr.com.

Key Due Dates

Establishing a Charter

Guide to Chartering a State Bank in Florida

Director's Handbook

Qualified Public Depositories

Summary of Deposits

Advantages of a State Charter

Forms

Cooperative Agreements

 

Articles
Model Articles of Incorporation - MS Word
Models Articles of Incorporation - PDF

Model Articles of Organization for Bank or Trust Limited Liability Company
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-1
Application for Authority to Organize a State Bank, Savings Bank, or Association [OFR-U-1]
MS Word
PDF

FDIC6510
A supplement to OFR-U-10
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-11
Application For Certificate of Approval to Purchase or Acquire A Controlling Interest in a State Bank or Trust Company
MS Word
PDF

List of Directors and Officers and Director's Oath (Used by Banks, Trust Companies and Savings and Loan Associations)
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Biographical Sketch on Officers and Directors (Used by Banks, Trust Companies, and Savings and Loan Associations)
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Examination Documentation
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Examination Discussion
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Annual Financial Institution Safety and Soundness Examination Survey
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-4
Conversion Application [OFR-U-4]
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-10
Interagency Biographical and Financial Form [OFR-U-10]
MS Word
PDF

Addendum OFR-U-10A
Confidential Release of Information Supplement to the Interagency Biographical
and Financial Form [Use with OFR-U-10]
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PDF

OFR-U-17
Purchase & Assumption Application [OFR-U-17]
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-19
Merger Application [OFR-U-19]
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-19a
Merger Application/Successor Institution Application [OFR-U-19a]
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Corporate Name Approval Request Form
Note: In order for the Office of Financial Regulation to consider a request by a proposed non-financial institution business for approval to use "bank," "banker," "banking," "trust company," "savings and loan association," "savings bank," or "credit union," or words of similar import, in any context or in any manner in its corporate title, and issue a no objection letter, please complete and submit this form.
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Statutes and Rules

Chapter 655: Financial Institutions
Chapter 658: Banks and Trust Companies
Chapter 69U-100 through 69U-150: Florida Financial Institutions Rules

OFR-U-12
Application to Relocate an Office of a State Bank, Trust Company, Savings Bank, or Association [OFR-U-12]
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OFR-U-15
Application for Authority to Exercise Trust Powers [OFR-U-15]
MS Word
PDF

OFR-U-16
Application to Establish a Branch Office of a State Bank, Trust Company, Savings Bank, or Association. [To be used by institutions that do not qualify for the branch notification process} MS Word
PDF

Exam Procedures
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Exhibit A - Assurance Letter
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Exhibit B - Management Information Systems Checklist
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Exhibit C - Organizational Meeting Topics
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Exhibit H - E-Banking Questionnaire
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Exhibit I - Statutes
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Exhibit J - FDIC Financial Institution Letters

Exhibit L - Director's Oath
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Exhibit List
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OFR-U-30
Change Name of Financial Institution [OFR-U-30]
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PDF

OFR-U-XX
Debt Cancellation Products
Short Form Disclosures
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PDF

OFR-U-YY
Debt Cancellation Products
Long Form Disclosures
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Certificate of Good Standing Request Form
This form should be used by persons or entities other than Florida financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, or state/federal regulatory agencies to request certificates of good standing for state-chartered banks, credit unions, and trust companies, or state-licensed international banking offices. NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THAT YOU NEED A CERTIFICATE, PLEASE CALL 850-410-9800 BEFORE SUBMITTING A REQUEST!
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Director Approval Form
This form should be used by state financial institutions that are subject to the reporting requirements of Section 655.0385, Florida Statutes.
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