This report is required by 31 U.S.C. 5316 and Treasury Department regulations (31 CFR
WHO MUST FILE:
(1) Each person who physically transports, mails, or ships, or causes to be physically
transported, mailed, or shipped currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate
amount exceeding $10,000 at one time from the United States to any place outside the
United States or into the United States from any place outside the United States, and
(2) Each person who receives in the United States currency or other monetary
instruments In an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 at one time which have been
transported, mailed, or shipped to the person from any place outside the United States.
A TRANSFER OF FUNDS THROUGH NORMAL BANKING PROCEDURES, WHICH
DOES NOT INVOLVE THE PHYSICAL TRANSPORTATION OF CURRENCY OR
MONETARY INSTRUMENTS, IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE REPORTED.
Exceptions: Reports are not required to be filed by:
(1) a Federal Reserve bank,
(2) a bank, a foreign bank, or a broker or dealer in securities in respect to currency
or other monetary instruments mailed or shipped through the postal service or by common
(3) a commercial bank or trust company organized under the laws of any State or of
the United States with respect to overland shipments of currency or monetary instruments
shipped to or received from an established customer maintaining a deposit relationship
with the bank, in amounts which the bank may reasonably conclude do not exceed
amounts commensurate with the customary conduct of the business, industry, or profession
of the customer concerned,
(4) a person who is not a citizen or resident of the United States in respect to
currency or other monetary instruments mailed or shipped from abroad to a bank or
broker or dealer in securities through the postal service or by common carrier,
(5) a common carrier of passengers in respect to currency or other monetary
instruments in the possession of its passengers,
(6) a common carrier of goods in respect to shipments of currency or monetary
instruments not declared to be such by the shipper,
(7) a travelers’ check issuer or its agent in respect to the transportation of travelers’
checks prior to their delivery to selling agents for eventual sale to the public,
(8) a person with a restrictively endorsed traveler’s check that is in the collection
and reconciliation process after the traveler’s check has been negotiated, nor by
(9) a person engaged as a business in the transportation of currency, monetary
instruments and other commercial papers with respect to the transportation of currency
or other monetary instruments overland between established offices of banks or brokers
or dealers in securities and foreign persons.
WHEN AND WHERE TO FILE:
A. Recipients—Each person who receives currency or other monetary instruments in the
United States shall file FinCEN Form 105, within 15 days after receipt of the currency or
monetary instruments, with the Customs officer in charge at any port of entry or departure
or by mail with the Commissioner of Customs, Attention: Currency Transportation
Reports, Washington DC 20229.
B. Shippers or Mailers—lf the currency or other monetary instrument does not accompany
the person entering or departing the United States, FinCEN Form 105 may be filed by
mail on or before the date of entry, departure, mailing, or shipping with the Commissioner
of Customs, Attention: Currency Transportation Reports, Washington DC 20229.
C. Travelers—Travelers carrying currency or other monetary instruments with them shall
file FinCEN Form 105 at the time of entry into the United States or at the time of departure
from the United States with the Customs officer in charge at any Customs port of entry or
An additional report of a particular transportation, mailing, or shipping of currency or
the monetary instruments is not required if a complete and truthful report has already
been filed. However, no person otherwise required to file a report shall be excused from
liability for failure to do so if, in fact, a complete and truthful report has not been filed.
Forms may be obtained from any Bureau of Customs and Border Protection office.
PENALTIES: Civil and criminal penalties, including under certain circumstances a
fine of not more than $500,000 and Imprisonment of not more than ten years, are
provided for failure to file a report, filing a report containing a material omission or
misstatement, or filing a false or fraudulent report. In addition, the currency or
monetary instrument may be subject to seizure and forfeiture. See 31 U.S.C.5321
and 31 CFR 103.57; 31 U.S.C. 5322 and 31 CFR 103.59; 31 U.S.C. 5317 and 31 CFR
103.58, and U.S.C. 5332.
Bank—Each agent, agency, branch or office within the United States of any person doing
business in one or more of the capacities listed: (1) a commercial bank or trust company
organized under the laws of any State or of the United States; (2) a private bank; (3) a
savings association, savings and loan association, and building and loan association
organized under the laws of any State or of the United States; (4) an insured institution as
defined in section 401 of the National Housing Act; (5) a savings bank, industrial bank or
other thrift institution; (6) a credit union organized under the laws of any State or of the
United States; (7) any other organization chartered under the banking laws of any State
and subject to the supervision of the bank supervisory authorities of a State other than a
money service business; (8) a bank organized under foreign law; and (9) any national
banking association or corporation acting under the provisions of section 25A of the
Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. Sections 611-632).
Foreign Bank—A bank organized under foreign law, or an agency, branch or office located
outside the United States of a bank. The term does not include an agent, agency, branch
or office within the United States of a bank organized under foreign law.
Broker or Dealer in Securities—A broker or dealer in securities, registered or required
to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934.
Identification Number—Individuals must enter their social security number, if any.
However, aliens who do not have a social security number should enter passport or alien
registration number. All others should enter their employer identification number.
Monetary Instruments— (1) Coin or currency of the United States or of any other country,
(2) traveler’s checks in any form, (3) negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory
notes, and money orders) in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a
fictitious payee, or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery, (4)
incomplete instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) that are
signed but on which the name of the payee has been omitted, and (5) securities or stock
in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery. Monetary
instruments do not include (i) checks or money orders made payable to the order of a
named person which have not been endorsed or which bear restrictive endorsements,
(ii) warehouse receipts, or (iii) bills of lading.
Person—An individual, a corporation, a partnership, a trust or estate, a joint stock
company, an association, a syndicate, joint venture or other unincorporated organization
or group, an Indian Tribe (as that term is defined in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act),
and all entities cognizable as legal personalities.
You should complete each line that applies to you. PART I. — Block 12A and 12B; enter the
exact date you shipped or received currency or monetary instrument(s). PART II. -Block 13;
provide the complete name of the shipper or recipient on whose behalf the exportation or
importation was conducted. PART III. — Specify type of instrument, issuing entity, and date,
serial or other identifying number, and payee (if any). Block 17, if currency or monetary instruments
of more than one country is involved, attach a list showing each type, country or origin and
PRIVACY ACT AND PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT NOTICE:
Pursuant to the requirements of Public law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974), notice is hereby given
that the authority to collect information on Form 4790 in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3)
is Public law 91-508; 31 U.S.C. 5316; 5 U.S.C. 301; Reorganization Plan No.1 of 1950; Treasury
Department Order No. 165, revised, as amended; 31 CFR 103; and 44 U.S.C. 3501.
The principal purpose for collecting the information is to assure maintenance of reports or
records where such reports or records have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, or
regulatory investigations or proceedings. The information collected may be provided to those
officers and employees of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and any other constituent
unit of the Department of the Treasury who have a need for the records in the performance
of their duties. The records may be referred to any other department or agency of the Federal
Government upon the request of the head of such department or agency. The information
collected may also be provided to appropriate state, local, and foreign criminal law enforcement
and regulatory personnel in the performance of their official duties.
Disclosure of this information is mandatory pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 5316 and 31 CFR Part 103.
Failure to provide all or any part of the requested information may subject the currency or
monetary instruments to seizure and forfeiture, as well as subject the individual to civil and
Disclosure of the social security number is mandatory. The authority to collect this number is
31 U.S.C. 5316(b) and 31 CFR 103.27(d). The social security number will be used as a means to
identify the individual who files the record.
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection
of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The collection of this
information is mandatory pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 5316, of Title II of the Bank Secrecy Act, which
is administered by Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN).
Statement required by 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3)(iii): The estimated average burden associated with
this collection of information is 11 minutes per respondent or record keeper depending on
individual circumstances. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden estimate and
suggestions for reducing this burden should be directed to the Department of the Treasury,
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, P.O. Box 39 Vienna, Virginia 22183.
DO NOT send
completed forms to this office—See When and Where To File above.
FinCEN FORM 105
(Formerly Customs Form 4790)