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Does federal law permit the bank to request my fingerprint or thumbprint to cash a check?

Federal banking laws and regulations do not prohibit banks from requesting that you provide a fingerprint or thumbprint to cash a check. Banks may use fingerprinting as a security measure and a way to combat fraud.

Last Reviewed: October 2020

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