It depends on whether the customer is (depository institution, state, local, Fed government) OR a (publicly traded company).
Under the final rule, institutions may exempt Phase I customers who are depository institutions; federal, state, or local governments; or entities exercising government authority without filing a FinCEN Form 110, Designation of Exempt Person. In addition, the annual review requirement for Phase I exempted customers has been removed.
However, FinCEN encourages institutions to take the same steps to ensure the customer’s initial eligibility and to document the basis of their conclusions. This documentation may be included as a notation in other BSA documentation the institution retains, such as the customer identification program (CIP).
The requirements for listed public companies and their subsidiaries have not changed. A one-time designation of exemption must still be filed and an annual review must be performed and documented.