What is a Minnesota credit services organization bond?
Before you can obtain a license to run a credit services organization in Minnesota, you must purchase a $10,000 surety bond, according to the Minnesota Statutes. The bond ensures credit services organizations (CSOs) follow the law, run their businesses ethically, and abide by industry standards. If a CSO acts illegally or unethically, the injured party may file a claim on the bond for up to $10,000.
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Who needs this bond and why?
All credit services organizations in Minnesota must obtain a license and bond to operate in the state. The Minnesota Department of Commerce defines CSOs as businesses that offer consumers the following services:
- Improving a buyer’s credit rating or history
- Obtaining an extension of credit for someone
- Giving advice or assistance regarding the first two points
How does a credit services organization apply for a license in Minnesota?
Follow these steps to apply for your CSO license in Minnesota using the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS).
- Read the Minnesota Statute §332.60 before applying.
- Gather all the documents you need according to the New Application Checklist and then follow the steps to complete your application successfully. One of the steps is obtaining a $10,000 surety bond.
- Pay a $1,000 registration fee for each business location.
- Follow the checklist carefully, submitting some documents via the NMLS online system and others to the Department of Commerce via mail.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Minnesota Department of Commerce regulates CSO registration and bonding in the state.
You must renew your bond annually before its expiration date (June 30). You must also renew your license annually by June 30 and your registration between November 1 and December 31.
The easiest way to avoid claims is to follow the laws in your state for your industry. Working professionally, addressing consumer complaints, and resolving them quickly can help prevent claims.
How to Get a CSO Bond in Minnesota
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