Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks — soon to be confirmed in the role full time — has revealed another way for U.S. crypto custody providers to receive a charter to operate as a federally-approved bank.
In a Nov. 17 interview with Forbes, Brooks stated that there are currently three methods for payment companies to become a federally chartered bank. The first option is to apply for a non-depository national bank charter, and the other two are to buy a depository institution or apply for a National Trust Bank charter.
But Brooks said the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, was on the cusp of allowing trust companies to become banks.
According to Brooks, companies like Anchorage, Coinbase Custody, and Gemini are already operating as trust companies under state-issued trust company charters.
The Acting Comptroller said that the OCC had “a number of applications” from crypto companies to convert these charters into National Trust Bank