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Statute: 17:16W-5

5. A financial institution shall retain records relating to the making, collection and administration of loans as follows: a. For all loans: (1) Records of dispositive or final judgments in bankruptcies or other litigation involving a loan, and termination of loan accounts shall be retained for at least six years after the termination of the loan account. (2) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2001, c.169.) (3) Records of approval of loans or credit shall be retained for not less than six years after the closing of the loan or credit files. (4) Records of denials of loan applications shall be retained for not less than 25 months after the date of the denial. (5) Loan files, including copies of records regarding collateral and the perfection of security interests, guarantees and other records from time to time specified for retention by regulation adopted by the commissioner, shall be retained for not less than six years after the termination of the loan account. For lines of credit and open-end loans, records of transactions shall be retained for six years after the date of a transaction. (6) Loan committee minutes shall be retained for not less than six years after the date of the committee meeting. (7) Record of compliance with all applicable State and federal regulatory requirements shall be retained for the period specified in the applicable State or federal law or regulation. If no record retention period is specified in the law or regulation, the financial institution shall retain the records necessary to show compliance for not less than six years. b. Collateralized loans: (1) Records identifying the collateral perfection of the financial institution's security interest in the collateral and, for tangible personal property, the place and method of possession of the collateral shall be retained for not less than six years after the termination of the loan account. (2) Records of the disposition by a financial institution of collateral that is personal property shall be retained for not less than six years after the date of disposition. (3) For collateral that is real estate, records regarding the transfer of title by the financial institution shall be retained for at least six years after the date of transfer of title. Records of dispositive or final judgments or orders in foreclosure proceedings shall be retained for not less than six years after the date of the judgment of foreclosure or if no judgment, from the date of the termination of those proceedings. (4) Records of escrow analyses and statements and of transactions in escrow accounts shall be retained for not less than six years. L.1999,c.257,s.5; amended 2001,c.169,s.2.

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