Effective January 1, 2022 the state of California will require that all collection agencies in the state obtain a CA-DFPI Debt Collection License and be bonded. The California Collection Agency Bond in the amount of $25,000 is required as part of the application process. The application as well as the surety bond will be processed through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS).
The following persons are required to obtain a license to engage in the business of debt collection in California pursuant to the Debt Collection Licensing Act :
- Any person who, in the ordinary course of business, regularly, on the person’s own behalf or on behalf of others, engages in debt collection.
- Any person who composes and sells, or offers to compose and sell, forms, letters and other collection media used or intended to be used for debt collection.
- Any person who engages in the business of a debt buyer. A debt buyer is any person or entity who regularly engages in the business of purchasing charged-off consumer debt for collection purposes, whether it collects the debt itself, hires a third party for collection, or hires an attorney-at-law for collection litigation.
If you are a licensed collection agency in another state, you will still be required to become licensed in California and obtain a California Collection Agency Bond.
The license allows the following activities on the state:
- Active debt buying.
- First party debt collection.
- Third party debt collection.
- First mortgage servicing (only for collections for first mortgages the company holds/owns).
- Third party first mortgage servicing (only for collections for first mortgages the company does not hold/own).
- Third party subordinate lien mortgage servicing (only for collections for subordinate lien mortgage the company does not hold/own).
- Judgment recovery.
- Other debt collection services.
About the California Collection Agency Bond
This is a type of Surety Bond. Debt collectors must submit with the license application and maintain a surety bond in a minimum amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), payable to the Commissioner of the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (CA-DFPI) and issued by an insurer authorized to do business in California. Surety1.com only represents insurers authorized to do business in the state. The bond guarantees compliance with terms of the license. It is not insurance for the principal (collection agency) but is protection for the state and/or the people of the state of California.
How do I apply for the bond?
At surety1.com we make it easy to apply for your California Collection Agency Bond:
- Simply complete our easy to use and secure, online application
- Review your free, no obligation quote, usually within 1 business day, from one of our professional surety bond agents.
- Complete some important paperwork, make payment (all major credit cards accepted
Once these 3 simple steps have been completed, your California Collection Agency Bond will be filed electronically with the NMLS.
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