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RULE §91.610Safe Deposit Box Facilities

(a) Purpose. Finance Code §59.110 requires credit unions to imprint keys issued to safe deposit boxes with the institution's routing number. In addition, it requires a report to the Department of Public Safety if the routing number is altered or defaced so that the correct routing number is illegible. The purpose of this section is to clarify the requirements of the noted section of the Finance Code.

(b) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Credit union--This term includes all state or federal credit unions that have been assigned a routing number unique to that institution.

  (2) Routing number--The number printed on the face of a share draft or check in fractional form or in nine-digit form that identifies a paying financial institution.

(c) Imprinting requirements. A credit union which has been issued a routing number shall imprint that routing number on safe deposit box keys on either the head of the key or the shank of the key if there is adequate room. The typical locations to be used are indicated in the following instructions and diagram. The imprint can be made anywhere on the key that has the required space available. When positioning the die on the key, be careful to place the die on the key where it will imprint on a flat surface and not in the area of the key cuts or on any of the shank ridges or grooves. Imprinting in these areas may interfere with the proper working of the key in the lock and may cause damage. In the event these standard areas for the location of the imprint are unavailable, either because of grooves on the key shank or the fact that the head of the key already has names and other numbers imprinted on it, then the credit union may attach to the key a tag imprinted with the routing number. The tag used must be of such a nature as to be secure. Thus, a paper or cardboard tag or a tag affixed with string will not be acceptable. However, any other medium such as plastic or metal which can retain an imprint of a number shall be acceptable. The tag may be attached in any way to assure its affixation to the key. Typically, this will mean inserting the tag or a device to affix the tag through the hole in the head of the key normally used for placing keys on key chains. The tag method shall not be used if there is adequate room on the key itself for imprinting the numbers. There are four standard areas for the location of the imprinted routing number. These include: the head of the key, the shank of the key, and either place on the reverse side of the key. The standard imprint areas are shown as follows.

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(d) Branch designation. A credit union may, but is not required to, add a three-digit branch designation to its routing number. Thus, the main credit union facility should receive the designation "001" and branch facilities should receive numbers consecutively beginning with "002" with successive numbers as needed. However, the credit union may control the branch numbering system used provided that the credit union maintains a master list of branch designations used for this purpose. The master list should be maintained at the main office of the credit union and shall include the three-digit branch designation and address of facility. The credit union then may imprint safe deposit box keys or tags with the routing number plus three-digit branch designation for full identification of the facility.

(e) Report of defaced or altered key. Within 10 days after an officer or employee of a credit union observes that a key used to access a safe deposit box has had the routing number altered or defaced or the tag removed, a report shall be prepared of such incident. The report shall be on a form promulgated by the Credit Union Department in the form of the attached Exhibit A. The report should be submitted to the Department of Public Safety, Attention: Criminal Law Enforcement, Box 4087, Austin, Texas 78773-0001. The report should be mailed no later than ten days after the incident. The credit union should retain one copy of the incident report for a period of three years. Nothing in this rule nor in the Finance Code §59.110 shall require a credit union to inspect routing numbers imprinted on a key or an attached tag to determine if the number has been altered or defaced.

(f) Effective date; applicability to existing keys. A credit union must imprint all safe deposit box keys on or after September 1, 1992. Additionally, the imprinting requirement applies to all keys issued prior to September 1, 1992. However, keys for boxes rented prior to September 1, 1992, need not be imprinted with the routing number unless and until a member presents a safe deposit box key at a credit union for access to a box. Nothing in this rule or the Finance Code §59.110 shall be construed to require a credit union to provide notice to its safe deposit box users or to otherwise require such members to present their keys for imprinting. However, on the first date after September 1, 1992, that a member presents a key which has not been imprinted, the credit union shall imprint the key with the routing numbers as required by Finance Code §59.110.

(g) Effect of change in routing number. In the event a credit union's routing number is changed as a result of a merger, acquisition, or other change, safe deposit box keys need not be replaced with a new routing number provided that the credit union maintains a master list of the routing numbers used to imprint keys.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §91.610 adopted to be effective July 8, 1994, 19 TexReg 4932; amended to be effective August 14, 2000, 25 TexReg 7635; amended to be effective July 8, 2007, 32 TexReg 3981

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