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Federal Banking Law

This guide contains information and resources about federal banking law.


Title 12 of the United States Code contains most of the statutes governing banks, banking, credit unions, and other financial institutions. The U.S.C. is available in a number of locations:

  • In print in the library [KF62 .A2]
  • GovInfo : PDF electronic code (certified by Superintendent of Documents) provided by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives; efforts have been made for accuracy, but website cautions that if you are using the code for legal research, you should verify results against the printed version of the code provided by the GPO.
  • House of Representatives (includes laws passed cumulatively though a particular session of Congress)
  • HeinOnline [Off-campus access requires login with UNC onyen]

** Westlaw Edge contains an annotated version of the code known as the U.S.C.A. (United States Code Annotated).

** Lexis+ contains an annotated version of the code known as the U.S.C.S. (United States Code Service).

Selected Important Legislation

Name of Legislation Public Law Statutes at Large Date Passed
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 111-203 124 Stat. 1376 July 21, 2010
Credit CARD Act 111-24 123 Stat. 1743 May 22, 2009
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act 110-343 122 Stat. 3756 Oct. 3, 2008
Credit Rating Agency Reform Act 109-291 120 Stat. 1327 Sept. 29, 2006
Sarbanes-Oxley Act 107-204 116 Stat. 745 July 30, 2002
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act 106-102 113 Stat. 1338 Nov. 12, 1999
Community Reinvestment Act 95-128 91 Stat. 1147 Oct. 12, 1977
Bank Holding Company Act 84-511 70 Stat. 133 May 9, 1956