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New law for bank deposits

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has made it mandatory for licensed banks and licensed financial companies to maintain an unique identification number for customers when opening deposit accounts.

The Central Bank issued the directives under the Banking Act No. 30 of 1988 and the Finance Business Act, No. 42 of 2011.

Accordingly, it will be mandatory to record a unique identification number for each customer when making deposits with licensed banks and licensed financial companies from October 1 this year.

However, the financial institutions have been given time till 31.12.2023 to finalize the unique identification numbers for depositors already maintaining accounts.

The Central Bank further said that underage depositors can be issued a 12-digit number obtained by recording the date of birth and birth certificate number.

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