Board Announces Clarifications to Regulation E and Regulation DD Final Rules Pertaining to Overdraft Services
May 28, 2010
Circular No. 12213

The Federal Reserve Board has announced final clarifications to aspects of its November 2009 final rule under Regulation E (Electronic Fund Transfers) and its December 2008 final rule under Regulation DD (Truth in Savings) pertaining to overdraft services.

The final clarifications address questions that have arisen and provide further guidance regarding compliance with certain aspects of the final overdraft rules. In particular, the final clarifications explain that the prohibition in Regulation E on assessing overdraft fees without the consumer's affirmative consent applies to all institutions, including those with a policy and practice of declining automated teller machine (ATM) and one-time debit card transactions when an account has insufficient funds. The final rules also make certain technical corrections and conforming amendments.

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