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RULE §91.405Records Retention and Preservation

(a) General. Every credit union shall keep records of its transactions in sufficient detail to permit examination, audit and verification of financial statements, schedules, and reports it is required to file with the Department or which it issues to its members. Credit union accounts, books and other records shall be maintained in appropriate form and for the minimum periods prescribed by this section. The retention period for each record starts from the last entry or final action date and not from the inception of the record.

(b) Manner of maintenance. Records may be maintained in whatever manner, or format a credit union deems appropriate; provided, however, the records must clearly and accurately reflect the information required, provide an adequate basis for the examination and audit of the information, and be retrievable easily and in a readable and useable format. A credit union may contract with third party service providers to maintain records required under this part.

(c) Permanent retention. It is recommended that the following records be retained permanently in their original form:

  (1) charter, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and amendments thereto; and

  (2) currently effective certificates or licenses to operate under programs of various government agencies.

(d) Ten year retention. Records which are significant to the continuing operation of the credit union must be retained until the expiration of ten years following the making of the record or the last entry thereon or the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations, whichever is later. The records are:

  (1) minutes of meetings of the members, the board of directors, and board committees;

  (2) journal and cash record;

  (3) general ledger and subsidiary ledgers;

  (4) for active accounts, one copy of each individual share and loan ledger or its equivalent;

  (5) comprehensive annual audit reports including evidence of account verification; and

  (6) examination reports and official correspondence from the department or any other government agency acting in a regulatory capacity.

(e) Five year retention. The following records must be retained until the expiration of five years following the making of the record or the last entry thereon or the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations, whichever is later:

  (1) records related to closed accounts including membership applications, joint membership agreements, payable on death agreements, signature cards, share draft agreements, and any other account agreements; loan agreements; and

  (2) for an active account, any account agreement which is no longer in effect.

(f) Other records. Subject to applicable law, any other type of document not specifically delineated in this rule may be destroyed after five years or upon expiration of an applicable statute of limitations, whichever is longer.

(g) Data processing records. Provisions of this section apply to records produced by a data processing system. Output reports that substitute for standard conventional records or that provide the only support for entries in the journal and cash record should be retained for the minimum period specified in this rule.

(h) Protection and storage of records. A credit union shall provide reasonable protection from damage by fire, flood and other hazards for records required by this section to be preserved and, in selection of storage space, safeguard such records from unnecessary exposure to deterioration from excessive humidity, dryness, or lack of proper ventilation.

(i) Records destruction. The board of directors shall adopt a written policy authorizing the destruction of specified records on a continuing basis upon expiration of specified retention periods.

(j) Records preservation. All state chartered credit unions are required to maintain a records preservation program to identify and store vital records in order that they may be reconstructed in the event the credit union's records are destroyed. Storage of vital records is the responsibility of the board but may be delegated to the responsible person(s). A vital records storage center should be established at some location that is far enough from the credit union office to avoid the simultaneous loss of both sets of records in the event of a disaster. Records must be stored every calendar quarter within 30 days following quarter-end at which time records stored for the previous quarter may be destroyed. Stored records may be in any form which can be used to reconstruct the credit union's records. This includes machine copies, microfilm, or any other usable copy. The records to be stored shall be for the most recent month-end and are:

  (1) a list of all shares and/or deposits and loan balances for each member's account. Each balance on the list is to be identified by an account name or number. Multiple balances of either shares or loans to one account shall be listed separately;

  (2) a financial statement/statement of financial condition which lists all the credit union's assets and liability accounts;

  (3) a listing of the credit union's banks, insurance policies and investments. This information may be marked "permanent" and updated only when changes are made.

(k) Records preservation compliance. Credit unions that have some or all of their records maintained by an off-site data processor are considered to be in compliance so long as the processor meets the minimum requirements of this section. Credit unions that have in-house capabilities shall make the necessary provisions to safeguard the backup of data on a continuing basis.

(l) Reproduction of records. A credit union shall furnish promptly, at its own expense, legible, true and complete copies of any record required to be kept by this section as requested by the department.

Source Note: The provisions of this §91.405 adopted to be effective May 11, 2000, 25 TexReg 3950; amended to be effective March 13, 2006, 31 TexReg 1647; amended to be effective November 16, 2008, 33 TexReg 9073; amended to be effective March 16, 2014, 39 TexReg 1704

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