Converting your credit union charter can be daunting and without the right guidance can become cumbersome. The CUCollaborate team is dedicated to helping you expand your field of membership to the largest extent possible. We will walk you through the process of converting your charter as well as outline the benefits of the options available to you.
Credit unions must re-examine their big-picture needs from time to time, and that often leads to the question of whether you’re operating under the appropriate charter. It may have worked in the past, but will it take you where you want to go? Community charter or multiple common bond? State or federal? Given the changes in your business, the economy and regulations, it’s a good idea to look into all of these questions occasionally. We’ll start with a primer on state to federal charter conversions.
It’s a big investment of time and money to convert. When a state-chartered credit union converts to a federal charter, they are treated the same as any application for a federal charter. The NCUA will perform an on-site examination as appropriate and consult with the state regulator regarding the credit unions financial condition, management expertise and past performance.
When a state charter applies to convert, the credit union must:
Even though the NCUA recently opened up some of its field of membership options, some credit unions may still find a state charter better suited to their strategy and needs. In addition, some state credit union field of membership regulations include a parity clause that allows credit unions chartered in that state to follow the federal FOM regulations if they provide greater authority than the state regulation.
In the first quarter of 2019, two federal credit unions converted to state charters with total assets of nearly $1.3 billion, while one credit union converted to a federal charter, totaling $149 million in assets. Late last year, CUCollaborate covered Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s conversion to a state charter and why it made sense for their future.
When a federal charter applies to convert, the credit union needs to submit the following:
You can read more about converting from a federal charter to a state charter in our blog. We will outline it step by step for you!
A federal credit union may be chartered to serve a combination of distinct, definable single occupational and/or associational common bonds. This type of credit union is called a multiple common bond credit union. Each group in the field of membership must have its own occupational or associational common bond. For example, a multiple common bond credit union may include two unrelated employers, or two unrelated associations, or a combination of two or more employers or associations. Additionally, these groups must be within reasonable geographic proximity of the credit union.
A credit union wishing to convert to a federal multiple common bond from a community charter will need the following"