What is the U.S. Patriot Act?
The U.S. Patriot Act was enacted in 2001 in response to the 9/11 terrorist acts. The intent is for banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to verify the identity of all people who do business with them. It has become clear that terrorist groups have used our financial institutions to funnel money to commit crimes.
What information does JVCU obtain and why?
To comply with the USA Patriot Act, the Jemez Valley Credit Union is required to verify the identity of members applying for and opening new accounts or services with the credit union. Information we are required to obtain includes name, mailing and residence address, tax identification number, date of birth and a copy of a government issued photo ID. Additional information may also be gathered depending on the type of account applied for or opened. Identification and information on existing members will be gathered as they open or use additional services offered by the credit union. The Act requires us to maintain records of the identification verification and to periodically update this information. Confidentiality of the information gathered and used by the credit union will be maintained as required under the Privacy Act.
How does this affect me?
The Act was passed in an effort to improve public safety and should not directly affect most people. We will, of course, ask to verify your identification occasionally. This is a good safety precaution for you as a member regardless because of the increase of identify theft over the past several years.
What does JVCU do with my identification?
We are required to keep proof that we have verified your identification. We will keep a record to show we are complying with the Patriot Act. Our member base is periodically checked against a list of known or suspected terrorists. This act should have little or no affect on law-abiding citizens.
We hope you’ll understand the need for us to comply with the U.S. Patriot Act to help guarantee a more secure country, making certain our financial institutions are not inadvertently aiding people or groups who intend harm