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Arkansas State Bank Department

Our mission is to efficiently allocate Department resources to maintain a legal and regulatory structure for Arkansas that provides the public with convenient, safe and competitive banking, which allows for economic development within this State.

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The State Bank Department was created by Act 113 of 1913. The Department is charged with regulating commercial banks with main offices in Arkansas. These 81 banks hold assets of $83.5 billion as of March 31, 2017.  The Department also is charged with supervising the bank holding companies of Arkansas state-chartered banks; state-chartered trust companies; regional and county industrial development corporations; industrial loan institutions; and capital development companies.  The Department operates to ensure the safety and soundness of, and public confidence in, these institutions and organizations.