To obtain a money transmitter license, every state requires a surety bond. Depending on your state, this license may be called money remitter, money services business, check casher, or sales of check license.
A surety bond is made to protect the public. In basic terms, it guarantees your business will adhere to all laws and requirements in your industry. In the event your business conducts unlawful acts, a consumer of your services may file a claim on the bond.
Nearly any company that offers payment services requires a money transmitter bond. Due to a history of fraudulence and inaccurate money transmissions, state agencies now require this bond to protect consumers. While this bond does not protect the business owner, it offers proof that your business handles clients’ money responsibly.
The cost of the bond, the “premium,” depends largely on the bond amount and the applicant’s financial status. The state requiring the bond determines the amount. At Surety 1, we will find you the lowest quote for your bond, starting at only 1.5% of the bond amount.
In order to get your money transmitter’s business license, you’ll need a bond.
The bond amount is $25,000 plus $5,000 for each business location, including internet, web portals, branches, and delegate locations.
The applicant should verify the bond amount with the obligee before applying for the bond to ensure the bond amount is correct.
On February 1, 2018, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, Division of Banking & Securities will begin receiving new Electronic Surety Bonds (ESB) through NMLS for the Money Transmitter License. Surety1 is an approved broker within the NMLS.
These are additional details about the licensing process that you should be aware of. (Only the bond is handled at Surety1, but this information will help you get your license.)
All licensing fees are required by the obligee, not the surety company.