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Michigan Money Transmission Services Provider Bond

Bond Requirements and Online Application

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.

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.

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Money Transmitter Bond

To ensure the Michigan Money Transmission Services Act is followed, a surety bond is required by the obligee for all money transmitters in Michigan.

  • Required by: Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services
  • Minimum bond amount: $100,000
  • Maximum bond amount: 1,5000,000
  • Valid: 1 year – expires December 31st of each year

The applicant should verify the bond amount with the obligee before applying for the bond to ensure the bond amount is correct.

 

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.)

Licensing requirements include:

  1. Description of any money services the applicant has offered clients in the past and will plan to offer in the future
  2. Surety bond
  3. Net worth of at least $100,000 plus $25,000 per location
  4. $600 application investigation fee which is no refundable

All licensing fees are required by the state of Michigan, 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 Michigan 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 Michigan.gov, and see a checklist for new money transmitter license applications at NMLS.

 

How to Get Your Michigan Money Transmission Services Provider Bond

1. Complete an online application. It's free and no-obligation. 2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign. 3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your Michigan Money Transmission Services Provider Bond!   If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.
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