On March 28, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule that would allow a foreign natural person applying for CFTC registration to complete and submit a criminal history background check as an alternative to submitting fingerprints. The final rule codifies and supersedes no-action relief previously given in CFTC Staff Letters 12-49 and 13-29. The final rule will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The full text of the CFTC final rule is available at: http://www.cftc.gov/idc/groups/public/@newsroom/documents/file/federalregister032816.pdf