On April 15, 2015, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a final rule intended to improve the process for companies submitting consumer credit card agreements to the CFPB. The final rule suspends credit card issuers’ obligations to submit their credit card agreements to the CFPB for one year. The purpose of the suspension period is to give the CFPB time to create a more streamlined and automated electronic submission system. Under the rule, credit card issuers will not be required to submit agreements that would otherwise have been due to the CFPB by the first business day on or after April 30, 2015, July 31, 2015, October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2016. During the temporary suspension period, the CFPB will collect consumer credit card agreements from credit card issuers’ public websites and post the agreements to its online consumer credit card agreements database. Credit card issuers will be required to resume submitting credit card agreements on a quarterly basis starting on April 30, 2016.

The final rule is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_final-rule_credit-card-collectionsuspension.pdf.