2005 Washington Revised Code RCW 30.04.020: Use of words indicating bank or trust company — Penalty.

    (1) The name of every bank shall contain the word "bank" and the name of every trust company shall contain the word "trust," or the word "bank." Except as provided in RCW 33.08.030 or as otherwise approved by the director, no person except:

    (a) A national bank;

    (b) A bank or trust company authorized by the laws of this state;

    (c) A corporation established under *RCW 31.30.010;

    (d) A foreign corporation authorized by this title so to do, shall:

    (i) Use as a part of his or its name or other business designation or in any manner as if connected with his or its business or place of business any of the following words or the plural thereof, to wit: "bank," "banking," "banker," "trust."

    (ii) Use any sign at or about his or its place of business or use or circulate any advertisement, letterhead, billhead, note, receipt, certificate, blank, form, or any written or printed or part written and part printed paper, instrument or article whatsoever, directly or indirectly indicating that the business of such person is that of a bank or trust company.

    (2) A foreign corporation, whose name contains the words "bank," "banker," "banking," or "trust," or whose articles of incorporation empower it to engage in banking or to engage in a trust business, may not engage in banking or in a trust business in this state unless the corporation (a) is expressly authorized to do so under this title, under federal law, or by the director, and (b) complies with all applicable requirements of chapter 23B.15 RCW regarding foreign corporations. If an activity would not constitute "transacting business" within the meaning of RCW 23B.15.010(1) or chapter 23B.18 RCW, then the activity shall not constitute banking or engaging in a trust business. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent operations by an alien bank in compliance with chapter 30.42 RCW.

    (3) This section shall not prevent a lender approved by the United States secretary of housing and urban development for participation in any mortgage insurance program under the National Housing Act from using the words "mortgage banker" or "mortgage banking" in the conduct of its business, but only if both words are used together in either of the forms which appear in quotations in this sentence.

    (4) Every person who, and every director and officer of every corporation which, to the knowledge of such director or officer violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

    [1994 c 256 § 32; 1986 c 284 § 15; 1983 c 42 § 2; 1981 c 88 § 1; 1955 c 33 § 30.04.020. Prior: 1925 ex.s. c 114 § 1; 1917 c 80 § 18; RRS § 3225.]

         *Reviser's note: RCW 31.30.010 was repealed by 1998 c 12 § 1.

         Findings -- Construction -- 1994 c 256: See RCW 43.320.007.

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