Can a state-chartered bank operate in another state in which it is not licensed?

It depends on the specific laws and regulations of the states involved. In general, state-chartered banks are licensed to operate in the state in which they are chartered, but may be able to operate in other states through a process called “interstate branching.”

Interstate branching refers to the ability of a bank to establish branches in other states, either through acquiring an existing bank or by opening a new branch. However, not all states allow interstate branching, and the rules and requirements can vary depending on the state.

In addition, banks that operate across state lines are subject to the laws and regulations of each state in which they operate, as well as federal banking laws and regulations. This can create a complex regulatory environment that requires careful management and compliance.

Overall, if a state-chartered bank wants to operate in another state, it will need to carefully research the laws and regulations of that state and comply with all applicable requirements. In some cases, it may be more efficient or practical to obtain a federal charter or partner with an existing bank that has a presence in the desired state.

This page was last updated on March 31, 2023.

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