What is a Texas credit services organization bond?
Before obtaining a license to run a credit services organization in Texas, you must purchase a $10,000 surety bond, according to the Texas Administrative Code. This bond ensures credit services organizations (CSOs) follow the law and abide by industry standards. If a CSO acts illegally or unethically, the injured party may file a claim against the bond – up to $10,000.
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What does a Texas credit services organization bond cost?
Who needs this bond and why?
The Texas Secretary of State requires all credit services organizations in the state to be bonded (and licensed). Without a license and bond, you can’t legally perform CSO services to the public. Additionally, every business location you operate must post a separate surety bond.
Finance Code 393.302 defines a credit services organization as “a person who provides for the payment of valuable consideration any of the following services…”
- Improving someone’s credit rating or history
- Obtaining an extension of consumer credit for someone
- Giving advice or assistance regarding the first two points
How does a credit services organization apply for registration in Texas?
Follow these steps to register with the Secretary of State.
- File an application for registration (with the following items included): 1) a proof of security or statement that explains why you don’t need evidence of security and 2) a registration fee of $100.
- Mail your completed application to Registrations Unit, P.O. box 13193, Austin, Texas 78711-3193. Or, you may deliver your packet to the James Earl Rudder Office Building in Austin (1019 Brazos, 5th Floor).
- Renew your registration annually to keep it active.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Texas Secretary of State regulates CSO registration and bonding in the state.
Yes, you must renew your bond (and CSO registration) annually. Ensure you renew your bond and registration before they expire each year so they remain active.
The easiest way to avoid claims is to follow the laws of your state for your industry. The Finance Code specifically lists these acts as unlawful:
- Promising to “erase” bad credit
- Promising to extend consumer credit
- Making/using a false or misleading sales representation
- Making a false statement about someone’s creditworthiness to consumer reporting agencies
How to Get a Credit Services Organization Bond in Texas
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