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.
Money Transmitter Bond
In order to get your money transmitter’s business license, you’ll need a bond.
- Required by: Financial Institutions Division of the New Mexico Regulation Licensing Department
- Minimum bond amount: $300,000
- Maximum bond amount: $5,000,000
- Valid: 1 year-renewable
The Uniform Money Services Act requires money transmitters to file a surety bond in order to become licensed. The surety bond and license guarantees the money transmitter has enough funds to cover the cost of any reparations. The bond must be renewed every year in order for the business license to remain valid.
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.)
Some licensing requirements include:
- Non-refundable licensing fee of $2,000
- Supporting documents if applicant is a corporation, LLC, partnership, etc.
- Submit information to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry
- Surety bond
- Legal name and residential address of applicant
Licensing 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 New Mexico 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 from the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department, and see the checklist for new money transmitter license applications from NMLS.