To obtain a money transmitter license in Idaho, you must post an Idaho Money transmitter Bond. Every state requires this surety bond. Depending on your state, this license may be called money remitter, money services business, check casher, or sales of check license.
Why Do I Need This Bond?
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.
How Much Will the Bond Cost?
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.
Money Transmitter Bond
In order to get your money transmitter’s business license, you’ll need a bond.
- Required by: Idaho Department of Finance
- Minimum bond amount: $10,000
- Maximum bond amount: $500,000
- Valid: 1 year-renewable
The applicant should verify the bond amount with the obligee before applying for the bond to ensure the bond amount is correct.
A few examples of businesses that are required to be licensed and bonded include:
- Traveler check issuers and sellers
- Payment processers
- Money and wire remitters
- Money order issuers and sellers
Money Transmitter License
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.)
- Applicants must provide all locations where business will be conducted.
- The applicant must also have at least a net worth of $50,000 with a maximum of $250,000 with additional business locations.
- The application costs $100, which the state of Idaho requires.
Idaho prerequisite licensing requirements:
- Financial statement proving net worth
- Surety bond
- Identify all business locations
- Completed application
The license application fees are required by the obligee, not the surety company.
The license application can be filled out using an electronic system referred to as NMLS. Although, for businesses that are not conducting multi-state businesses or do not want to use the electronic application system can also have access to other application forms.
Money transmitters in Idaho must also register as a money services business (MSB) with the Federal Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The registration process must be completed by the Bank Secretary Act (BSA) e-filing system.
Learn more at Idaho.gov, or see a checklist for new money transmitter license applications at NMLS.
How do I apply for a Idaho Money Transmitter Bond?
At surety1.com we make it simple to apply for this, and all your surety bond needs. Simply complete our easy to navigate, online application and usually within one business day one of our professional surety bond agents will contact you with either a firm quote or request additional information that may be required by the surety. For smaller bonds, (under $100,000) the application is usually all the information required. You can apply for multiple state bonds with just one application.
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