Schedule 2 Firms - Registration for Anti-Money Laundering Purposes

On 26 November 2018, Section 108A of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing), (Amendment) Act 2010 introduced for the first time a statutory requirement for certain firms to register for anti-money laundering purposes with the Central Bank of Ireland ('Central Bank’).

When Does the Obligation to Register Arise?

If your firm offers any of the following services and it is not otherwise authorised or licenced to carry on business by the Central Bank, then it will need to register with the Central Bank as a 'Schedule 2 firm'.

Schedule 2 Activities

  1. Lending including inter alia: consumer credit, credit agreements relating to immovable property, factoring, with or without recourse, financing of commercial transactions (including forfeiting).
  2. Financial leasing.
  3. Payment services as defined in Article 4(3) of Directive 2007/64/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 November 200714 on payment services in the internal market amending Directives 97/7/EC, 2002/65/EC, 2005/60/EC and 2006/48/EC and repealing Directive 97/5/EC.
  4. Issuing and administering other means of payment (e.g. travellers' cheques and bankers' drafts) insofar as such activity is not covered by point 3.
  5. Guarantees and commitments.
  6. Trading for own account or for account of customers in any of the following:
    1. Money market instruments (cheques, bills, certificates of deposit, etc.)
    2. Foreign exchange
    3. Financial futures and options
    4. Exchange and interest-rate instruments
    5. Transferable securities.
  7. Participation in securities issues and the provision of services relating to such issues.
  8. Advice to undertakings on capital structure, industrial strategy and related questions and advice as well as services relating to mergers and the purchase of undertakings.
  9. Money broking.
  10. Portfolio management and advice.
  11. Safekeeping and administration of securities.
  12. Safe custody services.
  13. Issuing electronic money.

Exemptions from the Obligation to Register

If your firm is carrying out the Schedule 2 activities, the obligation to register does not occur if your firm falls into any of the following 3 exemptions:

  1. If your firm only carries out Schedule 2 Activity 6 above, or
  2. If your firm’s customers (if any) are members of the same group as your firm, or
  3. If cumulatively:
    1. Your firm’s annual turnover is less than €70,000, and
    2. The total of any single transaction, or serious of linked transactions in relation to your firm’s Schedule 2 activities does not exceed €1,000, and
    3. Your firm’s Schedule 2 activities do not exceed 5% of your firm’s total turnover, and
    4. Your firm’s Schedule 2 activities are directly related to and ancillary to your firm’s main business activities, and
    5. Your firm only provides Schedule 2 activities to customers of your main business activities, rather than the public in general.

How to Register as a Schedule 2 Firm

Use the form below if you need to register as a Schedule 2 firm with the Central Bank. There are also guidance notes that will assist you to complete the registration form.

Schedule 2 Registration Form for Anti-Money Laundering Purposes | xls 149 KB Schedule 2 Registration Guidance for Anti-Money Laundering Purposes | pdf 832 KB

Send your completed registration form by e-mail to the Anti-Money Laundering Division of the Central Bank at schedule2@centralbank.ie.

Post-registration changes

Contact the Central Bank by e-mail at schedule2@centralbank.ie if any of the following details change for a Schedule 2 registered firm:

  • Offering additional Schedule 2 activities
  • Discontinuing Schedule 2 activities
  • Material changes to existing Schedule 2 activities
  • Change in ownership (Direct and/or Indirect)
  • Change in legal or trading name
  • Change of address
  • Change to principal contact details
  • Other changes - If there is uncertainty regarding whether a change constitutes a material change for supervisory purposes you should contact the Anti-Money Laundering Division directly at schedule2@centralbank.ie.