Category: Final Rule

Prepaid Accounts under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z)

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) issued this final rule to create comprehensive consumer protections for prepaid accounts under Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act; Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act; and the official interpretations to those regulations. The final rule modifies general Regulation E requirements to create tailored provisions governing disclosures, limited liability and error resolution, and periodic statements, and adds new requirements regarding the posting of account agreements.  Additionally, the final rule regulates overdraft credit features that may be offered in conjunction with prepaid accounts.  Subject to certain exceptions, such credit features will be covered under Regulation Z where the credit feature is offered by the prepaid account issuer, its affiliate, or its business partner and credit can be accessed in the course of a transaction conducted with a prepaid card.

On April 20, 2017, the Bureau issued a final rule to extend the Oct. 1, 2017 effective date of the prepaid accounts rule by six months, to April 1, 2018.  

On June 15, 2017, the Bureau issued a proposal requesting comment on potential modifications to several aspects of the prepaid accounts rule.

Final Rule

Read it on the Federal Register  - Nov. 22, 2016

Issued final rule

View pdf  - Oct. 5, 2016

Public comments on proposed rule

Read comments received - March 23, 2015


Read it on the Federal Register  - Dec. 23, 2014

Issued proposed rule

View pdf  - Nov. 13, 2014

Public comments on advance notice of proposed rulemaking

Read comments received - July 23, 2012


Read it on the Federal Register  - May 24, 2012