One of the common errors we continue to see on Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) is with the RSSD (Research, Statistics, Supervision, and Discount Number) fields. Part III, Item #39 asks for the Financial Institution ID Type and ID Number. This is where you select RSSD for the institution type and provide the RSSD number for the location where the transaction took place. Bank’s often enter the main bank’s RSSD# when the transaction took place at a branch location. This is incorrect if the branch has its own RSSD#. When the transaction takes place at a branch, you should include the RSSD# associated with that branch. However, if the branch location at which the transaction occurred does not have an RSSD#, you should leave all of Item 39 blank. If the branch has the same RSSD# as the financial institution as a whole, use the overall financial institution RSSD#. This is common with credit unions.
Not sure if your branch(es) have a separate RSSD#? Here’s where you can find out: https://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/nicweb/SearchForm.aspx. After entering your bank’s name, city and state, click Submit. This screen is only the first step, as it only shows the main bank’s RSSD# under Name (RSSD ID). To find out if your branch(es) have a separate RSSD#, you need to click on your bank’s name and from the next screen, you need to click on Branch Locator near the top right. This will bring up another screen where you can either enter a state, or if you have branches in several states, leave the state blank and click Submit. The final screen will result in the RSSD# for your branch(es).
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