Customer Identification Program (CIP)

A Customer Identification Program (CIP) is a regulatory requirement imposed on financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, and broker-dealers to verify the identities of customers opening accounts with them. It aims to prevent money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit activities by ensuring that financial institutions have accurate customer information and that they can assess the risk associated with each customer.

Under the CIP, financial institutions must obtain certain identification documents and information from customers, such as their name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number or taxpayer identification number. They are also required to establish processes for verifying the information provided by customers and maintaining records of their identification and verification measures. By implementing a robust CIP, financial institutions can better safeguard their operations and comply with regulatory obligations, while also protecting the financial system from illicit activities.

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