Q: What are the requirements for covered financial institutions to collect beneficial ownership information?
A. The CDD Rule requires covered financial institutions to establish and maintain written procedures that are reasonably designed to identify and verify the beneficial owners of legal entity customers. These procedures must enable the institution to identify the beneficial owners of each customer at the time a new account is opened, unless the customer is otherwise excluded or the account is exempted. Also, the procedures must establish risk-based practices for verifying the identity of each beneficial owner identified to the covered financial institution, to the extent reasonable and practicable. The procedures must contain the elements required for verifying the identity of customers that are individuals under applicable customer identification program (“CIP”) requirements.2
In short, covered financial institutions are now required to obtain, verify, and record the identities of the beneficial owners of legal entity customers.
2 See 31 CFR 1020.220(a)(2), 31 CFR 1023.220(a)(2), 31 CFR 1024.220, and 31 CFR 1026.220(a)(2) for applicable CIP requirements.