Revolut announces it is applying for a bank charter in the US

Revolut, a London-based fintech startup, is applying for a bank charter in the United States of America.

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Revolut has announced that it is applying for a bank charter in the U.S. The company has submitted a draft application with the FDIC and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.

Should Revolut manage to get a charter in California, it would enable the company operate throughout the U.S. as an independent bank. However, the discussions are still ongoing, which means it might take a while before the authorities grant a charter to the company.

Revolut, after obtaining a charter in the U.S., could start offering more financial services. In particular, it would open up more opportunities when it comes to lending and savings products.

At the moment, Revolut partners with Metropolitan Commercial Bank in the U.S. — they handle your deposits and they are insured by the FDIC. They also issue cards for Revolut.

In the U.S., Revolut is also launching Revolut Business. These accounts let a company send and receive international payments more easily. Companies can also use the service for payments with virtual and physical debit cards. Revolut Business is available across all 50 states. There are 500,000 companies using Revolut Business in Europe.

Revolut currently has 15 million customers for its financial super app — most of them are in the U.K. and the European Union. The company recently announced that it was applying for a banking license in the U.K., its home country and its biggest market. In Europe, Revolut has a specialized license from the Bank of Lithuania — some customers are already moving their account to Revolut Bank.

Revolut isn't alone amongst fintech startups applying for a bank charter in the U.S. Brex last month announced that it would apply for a bank charter in Utah. Varo Bank also obtained its own bank charter last year.

What this proves is that leveraging another bank’s charter is great for growth. But at some point, if you want to launch new products and generate more revenue from those products, you have to get your own charter.

About Revolut.

Revolut is a super app for all things money - from users everyday spending, to planning their future with savings and investments. The app helps users get more from their money.

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