On January 27, 2021, the National Indian Gaming Commission (“NIGC”) published a notice in the Federal Register establishing its annual fee rates for tier 1 and tier 2 gaming, as well as its fingerprint processing fees. Both the annual fee rates and the fingerprint processing fees will remain in effect until the NIGC adopts a new rate.
The NIGC adopted annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.062% for tier 2, which remain the same as current fee rates. If a Tribal government has a certificate of self-regulation, then the fee rate on Class II revenues will be 0.031%, which is one-half of the annual fee rate. These rates being adopted are effective November 23, 2020.
The NIGC also adopted a fingerprint processing fee of $45 per card effective November 13, 2020. This is an increase from a processing fee of $22 per card that was established last year. The NIGC justifies this increase in cost as being necessary to update the NIGC’s fingerprint system and network, as well as to implement additional measures required to ensure compliance with FBI requirements.
This notice, as published in the Federal Register, may be found here: federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/27/2021-01772/fee-rate-and-fingerprint-fees
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