Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Title 6, and Arizona Administrative Code Title 20, the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) oversees the secure operation of Arizona’s state-chartered Financial Institutions.  AZDFI ensures public confidence in Financial Institutions by protecting the interest of depositors, borrowers, shareholders, and consumers through enforcement of state laws.  DIFI is responsible for administering state laws that regulate Financial Institutions which include banks, credit unions, trust companies, trust divisions, and savings and loan associations.

If you are filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission to conduct business in the state of Arizona, you must get approval from DIFI if your company name contains words that may be confused with a Financial Institution.

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Banks

Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code R20-4-104, the Director has the discretion to accept alternative application forms, but it does not limit the Superintendent’s power to require additional information necessary to complete an application.

As a general rule for banks, and in a Federal/State cooperative effort to cut down on duplicate application submission, a copy of the application submitted to the appropriate federal agency is the acceptable form to submit to DIFI.  For Non- Member banks contact FDIC.  For Member banks contact FRB.

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Savings & Loan

Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code R20-4-104, the Director has the discretion to accept alternative application forms, but it does not limit the Director's power to require additional information necessary to complete an application.

For a savings and loan association, the applicant may submit a copy of the FDIC Forms that the applicant files with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; plus any additional application/information that DFI may require under State law.

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Credit Union

Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code R20-4-104, the Director has the discretion to accept alternative application forms, but it does not limit the Director's power to require additional information necessary to complete an application.

For credit unions, the applicant may submit a copy of the NCUA Forms that the applicant files with the National Credit Union Administration; plus any additional information that DFI may require under State law.

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Trust Companies

Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code R20-4-104, the Director has the discretion to accept alternative application forms, but it does not limit the Director's power to require additional information necessary to complete an application.

Please refer to Arizona Revised Statutes §6-851 through 6-870.2 and Arizona Administrative Code R20-4-801 through 816 for Arizona Law.

Inquiries should be directed to Financial Institutions at [email protected]. For more information, see the “Contact Us” tab.

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