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Proposed rule to amend regulation CC.

The Federal Reserve Board, on December 22, 2003, approved a proposed rule to amend Regulation CC (Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks) and its commentary to implement the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21 Act). The Check 21 Act was enacted on October 28, 2003, and becomes effective on October 28, 2004.

To facilitate check truncation and electronic check exchange, the Check 21 Act authorizes a new negotiable instrument called a "substitute check" and provides that a properly prepared substitute check is the legal equivalent of the original check for all purposes. A substitute check is a paper reproduction of the original check that can be processed just like the original check. The Check 21 Act does not require any bank to create substitute checks or to accept checks electronically.

The Board's proposed amendments: (1) set forth the requirements of the Check 21 Act that apply to banks; (2) provide a model disclosure and model notices relating to substitute checks; and (3) set forth bank endorsement and identification requirements for substitute checks. The proposed amendments also clarify some existing provisions of the rule and commentary.
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Title Annotation:Announcements; Collection of Checks
Publication:Federal Reserve Bulletin
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 22, 2004
Words:189
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