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FEDERAL, RESERVE BANK
OF DALLAS
April 11, 1933.

Requirements and Procedure Governing the Admission of State Banks
and Trust Companies to Membership in the Federal Reserve System
1.

Capitalization Requirements.
A ll State banks (with the exceptions noted below) to be eligible for membership must have a paid-in,
unimpaired capital equal to the amount that would be required of a National bank in the same town, based
on the population of the town, as follow s:

.

Minimum
Capital
Population
Required
Up to 3,000 ................................................................. $ 25,000
Exceeding 3,000 butnot exceeding 6,000 ..................
50,000
Exceeding 6,000 but
not
exceeding 50,000
100,000
Exceeding 50,000 ..................................................... 200,000
Exceptions: A State bank having a capital o f at least 60 per cent of the National bank minimum may
become eligible for membership by agreeing (1) to increase its capital, within five years, to National bank
requirements, and (2) to set aside for this purpose a certain portion of its net earnings each year, in the
manner prescribed in Section 1 of Regulation H, of the regulations of the Federal Reserve Board. Banks
located in an ou tlying district of a city whose population exceeds 50,000 are subject to the same capital re­
quirements as banks located in a city whose population exceeds 6,000 but does not exceed 50,000.
2.

Condition, Management, and Powers.
In passing upon applications for membership the Federal Reserve Board will consider especially—
(1) Condition and management of applying bank, as reflected by current, acceptable examination re­
ports.
(2) Whether powers exercised by bank under its charter and the laws o f its state are consistent with the
purposes and provisions of the Federal Reserve Act.

3.

Losses.
All losses existing in the bank’s assets, together with any depreciation in bonds and securities not with­
in the four highest grades as rated by a recognized investment service organization, and any depreciation in
corporate stocks or defaulted bonds, must be charged off prior to bank’s admission to membership. In addi­
tion, bank must have sufficient surplus, undivided profits and reserves to cover any depreciation in securities
rated within the four highest grades.

4.

Conditions o f Membership (General).
In order to develop a more effective supervision of banking in the Federal Reserve System, and to de­
velop better banking practices on the part of member banks, the Federal Reserve Board has prescribed 14
General Conditions of Membership which must be accepted and complied with by all State banks hereafter
admitted to the Federal Reserve System, and also three additional General Conditions which must be accepted
if the applying bank exercises any form of trust p o w ers:
These conditions, each one of which should be carefully studied in advance by every bank that contem­
plates applying for admission to membership in the Federal Reserve System, are quoted below. SPECIAL
ATTENTION is invited to Conditions Nos. 1, 5, 10, 12 and 14.
(1) Except with the permission of the Federal Reserve Board, such hank shall not cause or
permit any change to be made in the general character o f its business or in the scope
of the corporate powers exercised by it at the time o f admission to membership.
(2) Such bank shall at all times conduct its business and exercise its powers with due regard to the
safety of its depositors.

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(3) Such bank shall maintain its loans within the limits prescribed by the laws of the State in which
it is located.
(4) The board of directors shall not permit loans to directors, officers, employees, principal stockhold­
ers and/or their interests, including loans to, or upon the security of stocks of, corporations in
which any of them have susbstantial interests, to assume unduly large proportions or to endanger
the bank’s solvency or the liquidity o f its assets, and the board of directors shall give special atten­
tion to all such loans.
(5) Such hanks shall maintain adequate credit data in connection with all unsecured loans.
(6) Such bank shall keep past due paper and overdrafts at a minimum and shall not hold any checks in
cash items to avoid overdrafts.
(7) Except with the permission of the Federal Reserve Board, such bank shall not purchase or acquire
through any device whatever any stock of any other bank, trust company, or other corporation of
any kind or character except in satisfaction or protection of debts previously contracted in good
faith; and all stock acquired in satisfaction or protection of debts shall be disposed of within six
months from the date on which it was acquired unless the time is extended by the Federal Reserve
Board on the application of such bank for good cause shown.
(8) Such bank shall not permit any investment in a bank building or in a site for a bank building to
assume such proportions as, in the judgment of the Federal Reserve Board, would endanger the
bank’s solvency or liquidity or would otherwise be unduly large or improper, and before any in­
vestment is made in a bank building or a site for a bank building the bank shall refer the matter to
the Federal Reserve Board for consideration.
(9) Such bank shall not reduce its capital stock except with the permission of the Federal Reserve
Board.
(10) Such bank shall not pay any dividends which will reduce its surplus below an amount
equal to at least 2 0 per cent o f its capital stock, and if at any time its surplus should be
less than 2 0 per cent of its capital stock it shall carry to its surplus account annually,
or for any shorter period covered by each closing of its books, not less than 5 0 per cent
o f its net earnings for any such period after deducting all losses and providing reserves
for depreciation.
(11) Such bank shall reduce to an amount equal to 10 per cent of its capital and surplus all balances in
excess thereof, if any, which are carried with banks or trust companies which are not members of
the Federal Reserve System, and shall at all times maintain such balances within such limits.
(12) Except with the permission of the Federal Reserve Board, such bank shall not, after the
date of its admission to membership, engage in the business o f issuing or selling, either
directly or indirectly (through affiliated corporations or otherwise), notes, bonds, mort­
gages, certificates, or other evidences o f indebtedness representing real estate loans or
participations therein either with or without a guarantee, endorsement or other obliga­
tion o f such bank or an affiliated corporation.
(13) Such bank may accept drafts and bills of exchange drawn upon it o f any character permitted by
the laws o f the State of its incorporation; but the aggregate amount of all acceptances outstanding
at any one time shall not exceed the limitations imposed by section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act,
that is, the aggregate amount of acceptances outstanding at any one time which are drawn for the
purpose of furnishing dollar exchange in countries specified by the Federal Reserve Board shall not
exceed 50 per cent of its capital and surplus, and the aggregate amount of all other acceptances,
whether domestic or foreign, outstanding at any one time shall not exceed 50 per cent of its capital
and surplus, except that the Federal Reserve Board, upon the application of such bank, may in­
crease this limit from 50 per cent to 100 per cent of its capital and surplus; provided, however, that
in no event shall the aggregate amount o f domestic acceptances outstanding at any one time exceed
50 per cent of the capital and surplus of such bank.
(14) The board of directors of such bank shall adopt a resolution authorizing the interchange
o f reports and information between the Federal Reserve Bank of the district in which
such bank is located and the banking authorities o f the State in which such bank is lo­
cated.
The following general conditions apply ONLY to BANKS EXERCISING TRUST POWERS:
(15) Such bank shall not, after the date of its admission to membership, invest trust funds held by it in
obligations of the bank’s directors, officers, employees or their affiliations or corporations affili­
ated with the bank.
(16) Except with the permission o f the Federal Reserve Board, such bank shall not, after the date of its
admission to membership, invest the funds of various trusts held by the bank in participations in
pools o f mortgage bonds or other securities, and the funds of all such trusts shall be invested separ-

ately from each other: Provided, however, that the Federal Reserve Board will not object to the
collective investment of small amounts of trust funds where the cash balances to the credit of cer­
tain trust estates are too small to be invested separately to advantage if the bank owns no participa­
tion in the securities in which such collective investments are made and has no interest in them
except as trustee or other fiduciary.
(17) If trust funds held by such bank are deposited in its banking department or otherwise used in the
conduct of its business, it shall deposit with its trust department security in the same manner and to
the same extent as is required o f National banks exercising fiduciary powers.
5.

Conditions of Membership (Special).
In particular cases, the Federal Reserve Board may find it desirable to prescribe certain SPECIAL con­
ditions of membership (in addition to the above-quoted general conditions) to correct unsatisfactory condi­
tions or practices found to exist in the particular bank applying for membership. Such special conditions
will, in each case, be made known to the applying bank after its application and accompanying data have
been received and reviewed by the Federal Reserve Board, so that the applying bank will have advance
knowledge of the special requirements necessary for it to meet before it actually becomes a member bank. In
some cases these special conditions will pertain to corrective measures to be accomplished by the applying
institution b efo re its admission to membership, and in other cases they will cover certain things which the
bank would be required to do, or refrain from doing, after its admission to membership, each special require­
ment being based on the particular facts and circumstances incident to the affairs of the particular bank in­
volved. In some cases, of course, no special conditions of membership will be found necessary. In any event,
the applying bank will be notified of any special conditions prescribed by the Federal Reserve Board, so that
it will have an opportunity to study them and decide whether it cares to accept them.

6.

Procedure to be Followed in Applying for Membership.
After studying the foregoing information, if the directors of the interested bank decide to proceed with
the matter o f applying for membership, they should adopt a resolution in the form outlined on the first page
of the printed application blank (Form 83a) and the duly authorized officer should execute the application,
together with the Supplemental Statement accompanying it, and forward the following documents to the Fed­
eral Reserve Agent, in care of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas:
1. Application (Form 83a).
2. Supplemental Information Schedule (Supplement to F.R.B. Form 83a).
3. Copy of bank’s charter (articles of incorporation) and all amendments thereto.
4. Copies of letters received (if any) from the State Banking Commissioner, together with the bank’s
replies thereto, in connection with the last tw o examinations made by the State examiners.
At the same time, the bank should promptly request the State Banking Commissioner to forward to the
Federal Reserve Agent at Dallas two com p lete copies o f the report of the latest examination.
As soon as practicable after receipt of the application and accompanying documents, the Federal Re­
serve Agent will send an examiner to examine the applying bank. Such examination will be made at the
expense of the Federal Reserve Bank o f Dallas.
After the examination is made and the examiner’s report is received by the Federal Reserve Agent, he
will submit it, together with the application papers, to the Federal Reserve Bank’s Executive Committee, who
will consider the application and promptly transmit it to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, with the
Committee’s recommendations with reference to whether the application should be granted. When the Federal
Reserve Board acts upon the application, telegraphic advice of its action will be received by the Federal Re­
serve Agent at Dallas and transmitted by him to the applying bank, together with any Special Conditions of
Membership that may be prescribed by the Federal Reserve Board in the event the Board has passed favor­
ably upon the application.
In cases where an application receives the Federal Reserve Board’s approval, the applying bank will be
notified by the Federal Reserve Agent to have its board of directors adopt a resolution accepting the General
Conditions of Membership, and such Special Conditions (if any) as may have been prescribed by the Federal
Reserve Board. When the applicant has adopted the necessary resolution, and complied with any special con­
ditions requiring action prior to completion of bank’s membership, it will, upon depositing with the Federal
Reserve Bank the required reserve and payment for its Federal Reserve Bank stock, be issued a stock certifi­
cate for the shares to which it is entitled, and thereupon its membership will be complete.
The required stock subscription is 6 per cent of the capital and surplus of the applying bank, but only
one-half of the amount subscribed for is to be paid for upon becoming a member of the System, the remain­
ing half of its subscription being subject to call, when deemed necessary, by the Federal Reserve Board.
The required reserve would be 7 per cent of the applying bank’s demand deposits (10 per cent in the
case of a bank located in a Reserve City) and 3 per cent of its time deposits.

7.

Examinations and Reports.
After a State bank becomes a member of the Federal Reserve System it is subject to examinations by Fed­
eral Reserve examiners, at the expense of the examined bank, but such examinations are not made by the
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas except when such action is made necessary by some unusual situation. As a
general rule the regular periodical examinations made by the State authorities are accepted by the Federal
Reserve Bank of Dallas in lieu of examinations by its own examiners, although credit investigations are oc­
casionally made by the Federal Reserve examiners concurrently with regular examinations made by the State
Banking Department. The expense of such credit investigations is absorbed by the Federal Reserve Bank. It
will be seen, therefore, that a State member bank is not likely to be subjected to any undue inconvenience or
expense by reason of Federal Reserve examinations.
State member banks are required to render to the Federal Reserve Bank periodical condition reports,
semi-annual reports o f earnings, expenses and dividends, and current reports of their net demand and time
deposit liabilities upon which their reserve requirements are based.

8.

Other Requirements and Privileges.
A State bank, upon joining the Federal Reserve System, retains all of the rights and powers vested in it
by its charter and the laws of its State, subject to such restrictions as may be prescribed in the General or
Special Conditions of Membership which it accepts at the time of its admission to the System. In those States
which are attached to the Eleventh Federal Reserve District, the State laws permit State banks which are
members of the Federal Reserve System to' substitute the legal reserve requirements of the Federal Reserve
System for those prescribed by State laws.
State member banks are required to conform to those provisions of law imposed on National banks which
prohibit such banks from lending on or purchasing their own stock and which relate to the withdrawal or
impairment of their capital stock and to the payment of unearned dividends.
A State bank may withdraw from membership in the Federal Reserve System at any time by filing with
the Federal Reserve Board a six months’ notice of its intention to withdraw. The Federal Reserve Board has
the power to waive the six months’ notice in particular cases when, in its judgment, there are exceptional
circumstances which justify such action.
Detailed information concerning the facilities and privileges incident to membership in the Federal Re­
serve System will be furnished upon request. Inquiries on this subject should be addressed to the undersigned.

vQMcUdM
Federal Reserve Agent.


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102