Social Finance Inc has received preliminary, conditional approval from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) over its application for a national bank charter, the company said on Wednesday.
The application for “SoFi Bank, National Association”, which was filed in July, still needs to be reviewed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve. A banking licence would enable SoFi to hold customer deposits and make loans, without having to rely on a bank partner as it currently does. “SoFi is on a mission to help consumers get their money right all in one app,” chief executive Anthony Noto said in a statement. “This preliminary conditional approval from the OCC is a testament to the mission-driven company we have built, the employees who help it grow, and the over 1.5 million members we currently serve.” The licence would make SoFi the latest fintech to secure a bank charter. Earlier this year the FDIC approved a banking charter for Square Inc, the payments company founded and led by Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.