Q: I represent a depository institution and I would like to know my financial institution identification type on the SAR. Do I include the branch level or financial institution level information?
You would include the RSSD number associated with the “Filing Institution” in Item 84 (Part IV) and that of the “Financial Institution Where Activity Occurred” in Item 51, which could be a branch location. When the activity being reported occurs at additional branch locations, you should include the RSSD number associated with the additional branch(s) in Item 66
If the branch location at which the activity occurred does not have an RSSD number, however, leave that Item blank. This may occur if an RSSD number has not yet been issued for a new branch, but we expect few depository institutions to not have an RSSD for each branch. If the branch has the same RSSD number as the financial institution as a whole, you should use the overall financial institution RSSD number. This will occur with credit unions.
Please note that it is important to have the information within the filing regarding the branch or other location at which the activity occurred as complete and accurate as possible. This greatly assists law enforcement in understanding where the activity occurred.
FAQs associated with Part IV of the FinCEN SAR
This FAQ was obtained from FinCEN’s website, FinCEN SAR FAQs section, which may be found here: