The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (Department) is the state agency that regulates and examines Georgia state-chartered banks, state-chartered credit unions, and state-chartered trust companies. The Department also has responsibility for the supervision, regulation, and examination of Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Banks (MALPBs) chartered in Georgia.
In addition, the Department has regulatory and/or licensing authority over mortgage brokers, lenders and processors, mortgage loan originators, check cashers, sellers-issuers of payment instruments, money transmitters, international banking organizations, and bank holding companies conducting business in Georgia.
Financial Institutions and financial service providers are subject to strong statutory and regulatory requirements at both the federal and state levels. We share regulatory responsibility for Georgia state-chartered financial institutions with our federal counterparts (FDIC, FRB, NCUA). We are the sole regulatory agency for mortgage lenders and brokers and money service businesses (with the exception of FINCEN and the IRS, which supervise the Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act and other Anti-Money-Laundering efforts).
Who We Regulate
Specifically, the Department regulates the following types of financial institutions and financial service providers doing business in this State.
- Georgia State-Chartered Banks
- Bank Holding Companies
- Georgia State-Chartered Trust Companies
- Georgia State-Chartered Credit Unions
- Georgia-chartered Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Banks (MALPBs)
- Mortgage Lenders, Brokers, Processors and Loan Originators
- Money Transmitters
- Sale of Check Companies
- Check Cashers
- Foreign Banking Organizations
It is important to note that the Department does not regulate all financial institutions doing business in Georgia. Some institutions are regulated by the federal government (e.g., Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase) or are chartered by States other than Georgia (e.g., Regions Bank, BB&T).
Contact us at:
Department of Banking and Finance
2990 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-5565
Phone: (770) 986-1633
Toll Free: (888) 986-1633
Supervisory Division Fax: (770) 986-1654 or 1655
Mortgage Fax: (770) 986-1029
MSB Section Fax: (770) 986-1655
OFFICE HOURS are 8:00am to 4:30pm - Monday thru Friday