Commercial Banks

Commercial Banks: a corporation that accepts deposits, makes loans, pays checks, and performs related services for the public. All Florida banks are required to have Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance.

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Application Requirements

Please see the Guide to Organizing a New State Bank in Florida.

HB 3 Implementation for Financial Services Providers (2023)    HB 989 Implementation for Financial Institutions (2024)

For additional information, contact the Division of Financial Institutions Tallahassee office at (850) 410-9800 or via e-mail at

Key Due Dates


OFR-U-1 - Application for Authority to Organize a State Bank, Savings Bank, or Association

OFR-U-11 - Application For Certificate of Approval to Purchase or Acquire A Controlling Interest in a State Bank or Trust Company

OFR-U-4 - Conversion Application

OFR-U-10 - Interagency Biographical and Financial Form

Addendum OFR-U-10A - Confidential Release of Information Supplement to the Interagency Biographical and Financial Form (Use with OFR-U-10)

OFR-U-17 - Purchase & Assumption Application

OFR-U-19 - Merger Application

OFR-U-19a - Merger Application/Successor Institution Application

OFR-U-12 - Application to Relocate an Office of a State Bank, Trust Company, Savings Bank, or Association

OFR-U-15 - Application for Authority to Exercise Trust Powers

OFR-U-16 - Application to Establish a Branch Office of a State Bank, Trust Company, Savings Bank, or Association. (To be used by institutions that do not qualify for the branch notification process)

OFR-U-30 - Change Name of Financial Institution

OFR-U-XX - Debt Cancellation Products - Short Form Disclosures

OFR-U-YY - Debt Cancellation Products - Long Form Disclosures

OFR-U-323 - Financial Institutions Attestation Form

Model Articles of Incorporation

Model Articles of Organization for Bank or Trust Limited Liability Company

List of Directors and Officers and Director's Oath - (Used by Banks, Trust Companies and Savings and Loan Associations)

Biographical Sketch on Officers and Directors - (Used by Banks, Trust Companies, and Savings and Loan Associations)

Annual Financial Institution Safety and Soundness Examination Survey

FDIC Financial Institution Letters

Notice regarding the collection and use of social security numbers

Corporate Name Approval Request Form - Note: In order for the Office of Financial Regulation to consider a request by a proposed non-financial institution business for approval to use "bank," "banker," "banking," "trust company," "savings and loan association," "savings bank," or "credit union," or words of similar import, in any context or in any manner in its corporate title, and issue a no objection letter, please complete and submit this form.

Certificate of Good Standing Request Form - This form should be used by persons or entities other than Florida financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, or state/federal regulatory agencies to request certificates of good standing for state-chartered banks, credit unions, and trust companies, or state-licensed international banking offices. NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THAT YOU NEED A CERTIFICATE, PLEASE CALL 850-410-9800 BEFORE SUBMITTING A REQUEST!

Director Approval Form - This form should be used by state financial institutions that are subject to the reporting requirements of Section 655.0385, Florida Statutes.

Statutes and Rules

Chapter 655: Financial Institutions
Chapter 658: Banks and Trust Companies
Chapter 69U-100 through 69U-162: Florida Financial Institutions Rules