The Texas Third Party Debt Collection Bond is a type of surety bond and is a requirement of the Texas Secretary of State. While debt collectors are not required to register with the secretary of state, they are are required to file a $10,000 surety bond with the secretary of state before engaging in debt collection. Any person may make a claim on the surety bond if that person believes the collection agency violated Texas Finance Code Chapter 392. Engaging in debt collection without filing a bond with the secretary of state is a violation of Chapter 392 and may also be a criminal offense.
The secretary of state is a filing officer for third-party debt collector bonds and does not have authority to regulate the business practices of third-party debt collectors or credit bureaus. The secretary of state cannot resolve disputes about services or investigate business practices of a third-party debt collector or credit bureau. This is an important fact because it means any individual can make a claim on the surety bond. The State does not verify the legitimacy of the claim. The surety bond is in place to protect the consumer, not the collection agency. The surety will expect the collection agency to hold it harmless in the event of a bond claim.
How to obtain a Texas Third Party Debt Collection Bond
At Surety1.com we make it easy to obtain this bond. Our simple, 3 step process is:
- Complete the easy to navigate and secure online application. (Single application for all states)
- Review the free, no obligation quote from one of Surety1’s professional surety bond agents, usually within one business day.
- Sign some paperwork and pay the bond premium
Once these steps have been completed, the Texas Third Part Debt Collection Bond will be shipped to the bond principal (applicant) for an original signature. Once signed, the bond must be filed with the Texas secretary of state.
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