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CHAPTER 13-08DEFERRED PRESENTMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS13-08-01. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:1.&quot;Check&quot; means a personal check signed by the maker and made payable to a<br>licensee.2.&quot;Commissioner&quot; means the commissioner of financial institutions.3.&quot;Completed deferred presentment service transaction&quot; means a transaction that is<br>completed when a check is redeemed by the maker by payment in full to the<br>licensee in cash, money order, or certified check or by negotiation or deposit by the<br>licensee, or when an electronic funds transfer or other transfer of money has taken<br>place to repay the contracted debt.4.&quot;Customer&quot; means a person to which funds are advanced under a deferred<br>presentment service transaction.5.&quot;Deferred presentment service transaction&quot; means a transaction by which a person:a.Pays to a customer the amount of a check, less the fees permitted under this<br>chapter, and accepts a check from the customer dated on the date of the<br>transaction and agrees to hold the check for a period of time before negotiation<br>or presentment;b.Accepts a check dated after the date of the transaction and agrees to hold the<br>check for deposit until the date written on the check; orc.Pays to the customer an agreed-upon amount, and obtains the customer's<br>authorization to transfer or withdraw, electronically or otherwise, funds from a<br>customer's account in repayment at some future, agreed-upon date.6.&quot;Licensee&quot; means a person licensed under this chapter to provide deferred<br>presentment services.13-08-02. License requirements. A person may not engage in the business of deferredpresentment service without a license issued under this chapter. A separate license is required<br>for each location from which the business of deferred presentment service is conducted.13-08-03. Qualifications for license. To qualify for a license, an applicant shall satisfythe following requirements:1.Each applicant shall maintain a net worth of at least twenty-five thousand dollars per<br>licensed location, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting<br>principles.2.The financial responsibility, financial condition, business experience, character, and<br>general fitness of the applicant must reasonably warrant the belief that the<br>applicant's business will be conducted lawfully and fairly. In determining whether<br>this qualification is met and for the purpose of investigating compliance with this<br>chapter, the commissioner may review and consider the relevant business records<br>and the capital adequacy of the applicant and the competence, experience, integrity,<br>and financial ability of any person who is a member, partner, director, officer, or<br>twenty-five percent or more shareholder of the applicant, and whether the applicant<br>has filed the appropriate registration with the North Dakota secretary of state, if so<br>required.Page No. 13.Each applicant shall establish that neither the applicant nor any principal of the<br>applicant has been convicted of a felony. A deferred sentence or federal pretrial<br>diversion must be considered a conviction for purposes of this section.4.Each applicant shall maintain a bond issued by a surety company authorized to do<br>business in this state, in the amount of twenty thousand dollars, and the<br>commissioner may require a larger bond if the commissioner determines the larger<br>bond is necessary based on the volume of the applicant's business.13-08-04. Application for license. Each application for a license must be in the formprescribed by the commissioner and must include:1.The legal name of the applicant, residence of the applicant, business address of the<br>applicant, and address at which deferred presentment service is provided if different<br>from the business address and, if the applicant is a partnership, association, or<br>corporation, the name and address of every member, officer, and director;2.The location at which the registered office of the applicant is located; and3.Other data and information the commissioner may require with respect to the<br>applicant and the applicant's directors, officers, members, and shareholders.13-08-05. Application fees - Financial statements - Annual fee - Deposit of fees.Each applicant for licensure shall include with the application an application and background<br>investigation fee of eight hundred fifty dollars, which is not subject to refund but which, if the<br>license is granted, constitutes the license fee for the first license year or part of the first license<br>year, and each applicant for licensure shall include with the application proof of the required<br>surety bond. The annual license fee is four hundred fifty dollars. Each fee set forth in this<br>section is applicable to each location. The commissioner shall deposit fees and costs collected<br>by the commissioner under this chapter in the department of financial institutions regulatory fund.13-08-06. Issuance of license - Posting.1.Upon receipt of a complete application, the commissioner shall determine whether<br>the qualifications prescribed under this chapter are satisfied. If the commissioner<br>determines the qualifications are satisfied and approves the documents, the<br>commissioner shall issue to the applicant a license to engage in the deferred<br>presentment service business.2.A licensee shall keep the license conspicuously posted in the place of business of<br>the licensee, and shall provide notice to its customers in this state of the license<br>number under which it is operating.3.A license issued under this section is effective through the remainder of the fiscal<br>year ending June thirtieth after the license's date of issuance unless earlier<br>surrendered, suspended, or revoked under this chapter.13-08-07. Nontransferability - Change in control of license. A license issued underthis chapter is not transferable or assignable. The prior written approval of the commissioner is<br>required for the continued operation of a deferred presentment service business if a change in<br>control of a licensee occurs.Control in the case of a corporation means direct or indirectownership; the right to control twenty-five percent or more of the voting shares of the corporation;<br>or the ability of any person to elect a majority of the directors or otherwise affect a change in<br>policy. Control in the case of any other entity means the ability to exchange the principals of the<br>organization, whether active or passive.In the case of a change of control request, thecommissioner may require information the commissioner deems necessary to determine whether<br>a new application is required. A licensee shall notify the commissioner fifteen days before any<br>proposed change in the licensee's business location or name.Page No. 213-08-08. Reports of commissioner. Within fifteen days of the occurrence of any oneof the following events, a licensee shall file a written report with the commissioner describing the<br>event and the event's expected impact on the activities of the licensee in the state:1.The filing for bankruptcy or reorganization by the licensee;2.The institution of revocation or suspension proceedings against the licensee by any<br>governmental authority;3.Any felony charges of the licensee or any of the licensee's members, directors,<br>officers, or shareholders; and4.Any other event the commissioner identifies by rule.13-08-09. Expiration of license - Renewal. Licenses issued under this chapter expireas of June thirtieth of each year. A license may be renewed for the ensuing twelve-month period<br>upon application and the payment to the commissioner of the annual license fee, which is not<br>subject to refund, before June first of each year. The form and content of renewal applications<br>must be determined by the department of financial institutions and a renewal application may be<br>denied upon the same grounds as would justify denial of an initial application. When a licensee<br>has been delinquent in renewing the licensee's license, the department may charge an additional<br>fee of fifty dollars for the renewal of such license.13-08-10. Regulations - Examinations. The commissioner may adopt rules for theimplementation and enforcement of this chapter. A copy of a rule adopted by the commissioner<br>must be mailed to each licensee at least thirty days before the date the rule takes effect. To<br>assure compliance with this chapter, the commissioner may examine the relevant business,<br>books, and records of any licensee. The licensee shall pay an examination or visitation fee, and<br>the commissioner shall charge the licensee for the actual cost of the examination or visitation at<br>an hourly rate set by the commissioner which is sufficient to cover all reasonable expenses<br>associated with the examination or visitation.13-08-11. Retention of records. Each licensee shall keep and use in the licensee'sbusiness any books, accounts, and records the commissioner may require to carry into effect the<br>provisions of this chapter and the rules issued under this chapter. Every licensee shall preserve<br>required books, accounts, and records for at least six years. The records of a licensee may be<br>maintained electronically provided they can be reproduced upon request by the department of<br>financial institutions and within the required statutory time period provided in this section.13-08-11.1.Response to department requests.An applicant, licensee, or otherperson subject to the provisions of this chapter shall comply with requests for information,<br>documents, or other requests from the department of financial institutions within the time<br>specified in the request, which must be a minimum of ten days, or, if no time is specified, within<br>thirty days of the mailing of the request by the department of financial institutions. If the request<br>for information is in regard to a new application or renewal of an existing application and is not<br>received within the time specified in the request, or within thirty days of the mailing of the request,<br>the department may deny the application.13-08-12. Fees for service - Deferred presentment service transaction procedures -Penalty.1.Before disbursing funds under a deferred presentment service transaction, a<br>licensee shall provide to the customer a clear and conspicuous printed notice<br>indicating:a.That a deferred presentment service transaction is not intended to meet<br>long-term financial needs.Page No. 3b.That the customer should use a deferred presentment service transaction only<br>to meet short-term cash needs.c.That the customer will be required to pay additional fees if the deferred<br>presentment service transaction is renewed rather than paid in full when due. If<br>the transaction is renewed, any amount paid in excess of the fee applies to the<br>payoff amount.d.A schedule of fees charged for deferred presentment service.e.Any information required under federal law.f.No property, titles to any property, or mortgages may be received or held<br>directly or indirectly by the licensee as a condition of a deferred presentment<br>service transaction or as a method of collection on a defaulted deferred<br>presentment service transaction without proper civil process.2.A licensee may charge a fee for the deferred presentment service, not to exceed<br>twenty percent of the amount paid to the customer by the licensee. This fee may not<br>be deemed interest for any purpose of law. No other fee or charge may be charged<br>for the deferred presentment service, except that a fee, not to exceed the cost to the<br>licensee, may be charged for registering a transaction on a database administered<br>or authorized by the commissioner. No property, titles to any property, or mortgages<br>may be received or held directly or indirectly by the licensee as a condition of a<br>deferred presentment service transaction or as a method of collection on a defaulted<br>deferred presentment service transaction without proper civil process.3.A licensee may not disburse more than five hundred dollars to the customer in a<br>deferred presentment service transaction.4.A licensee may not engage in a deferred presentment service transaction with a<br>customer who has an aggregate value of all outstanding obligations from any one<br>customer exceeding six hundred dollars which is payable to the same or any other<br>licensee. A licensee may not enter a new deferred presentment service transaction<br>with a customer within three business days of that customer's completion of a<br>previous deferred presentment service transaction. A licensee may rely on a written<br>or electronic representation of a customer regarding the existence of any<br>outstanding obligations for deferred presentment held by a licensee other than the<br>licensee receiving the representation until the database provided for under this<br>subsection is in operation, and after that time may not rely on a customer's<br>representation but must verify the fact using the database. However, if a licensee<br>has multiple locations, that licensee may not rely on the representation of a<br>customer regarding the existence of any outstanding obligation for deferred<br>presentment held by that licensee, or one of the licensee's multiple locations, unless<br>the licensee and the licensee's multiple locations use a point of sale registry or some<br>other accounting system to attempt to prevent violations of this subsection. The<br>commissioner shall administer or authorize the development of a database in which<br>each transaction must be recorded for the purpose of preventing violations of this<br>section. The commissioner shall adopt rules governing the creation, structure, and<br>use of the database.5.Before a licensee may negotiate or present a check for payment, the check must be<br>endorsed with the actual name under which the licensee is doing business.6.Each deferred presentment service transaction, including a renewal, must be<br>documented by a written agreement signed or similarly authenticated by the<br>customer. The agreement must contain the name of the licensee; the transaction<br>date; the amount of the obligation; and a statement of the total amount of fees<br>charged, expressed as a dollar amount and as an annual percentage rate. ThePage No. 4agreement must authorize the licensee to defer presentment or negotiation of the<br>check, or electronic debit of the customer's account, until a specified date.Themaker of a check may redeem the check from the licensee at any time before the<br>negotiation or presentment of the check by making payment to the licensee. A<br>customer agreeing to an electronic deferred presentment service transaction may<br>repay the obligation at any time before the agreed-upon date. A customer may<br>rescind any transaction by the close of the business day following the day on which<br>the customer receives payment from the licensee at no cost. If a customer agreeing<br>to an electronic deferred presentment service transaction rescinds the transaction,<br>the licensee must facilitate the repayment of the funds through the same electronic<br>means the licensee used to deliver the funds to the customer.7.If a check or electronic debit is returned to the licensee from a payer financial<br>institution due to insufficient funds, closed account, or a stop payment order, the<br>licensee has the right to all civil remedies available to collect the obligation. The<br>licensee may contract for and collect a returned check or electronic debit charge not<br>to exceed twenty dollars. No other fee or charge may be collected as a result of a<br>returned check or electronic debit or as a result of default by the customer in timely<br>payment to the licensee.8.A customer who has authority to make a check or authorize an electronic debit and<br>enters a deferred presentment service agreement is not subject to a criminal penalty<br>relating to the check, electronic debit, or the deferred presentment service<br>agreement unless the customer's account was closed on the original date of the<br>transaction.At the time of entering a transaction involving a written check, alicensee shall verify that the account on which the check is written is open.Alicensee may not pursue or threaten to pursue criminal penalties against a customer<br>for criminal penalties prohibited by this subsection.9.A licensee may not engage in unfair or deceptive acts, practices, or advertising in<br>the conduct of a deferred presentment service business.10.The amount paid to the customer by the licensee in a deferred presentment service<br>transaction must be paid in the form of cash, check, or an electronic credit to the<br>customer's account.11.Each licensee must conspicuously post in the licensee's licensed location a notice of<br>the fees imposed for the deferred presentment service. A licensee that engages in a<br>deferred presentment service transaction via the internet shall require its customers<br>to acknowledge the fees imposed using a click-through or other method that<br>prevents customers from completing the transaction without reviewing the licensee's<br>fees.12.A licensee may not renew a deferred presentment service transaction more than<br>once. A licensee's renewal fee may not exceed twenty percent of the amount being<br>renewed. The renewal fee must be paid in cash, money order, or cashier's check.<br>The total period of deferral, including the initial deferral and one renewal, may not<br>exceed sixty days. An individual renewal period may not be less than fifteen days.<br>After sixty days the renewed deferred presentment service transaction must be paid<br>off in cash, money order, electronic payment, or cashier's check by the customer or,<br>if a check is used, the check must be deposited by the licensee.13.A licensee may not renew, repay, refinance, or consolidate a deferred presentment<br>service transaction with the proceeds of another deferred presentment service<br>transaction with that licensee by the same maker or customer. It is presumed that a<br>deferred presentment service transaction initiated within three business days before<br>completion of a deferred presentment service transaction is a violation of this<br>subsection.Page No. 514.A licensee may not conduct another business, other than a bona fide pawnbroking<br>business, within the same office, suite, room, or place of business at which the<br>licensee engages in deferred presentment service transactions unless the<br>commissioner provides written authorization after a determination the other business<br>is not contrary to the best interests of consumers.15.A licensee shall provide a notice in a prominent place on each deferred presentment<br>service agreement in no less than ten-point type in substantially the following form:State law prohibits this business from allowing customers to have outstanding<br>at any one time, deferred presentment service transactions totaling more than<br>six hundred dollars.16.A licensee or any agent of a licensee who willfully violates this section is guilty of a<br>class A misdemeanor.13-08-13. Denial of license - Hearing. If the commissioner determines an applicant isnot qualified to receive a license, the commissioner shall notify the applicant in writing stating that<br>the application is denied and stating the basis for denial.If the commissioner denies anapplication, or if the commissioner fails to act on an application within thirty days after the filing of<br>a properly completed application, the applicant may make written demand to the commissioner<br>for a hearing before the commissioner on the question of whether the license should be granted.<br>The hearing must be held within thirty days after receipt of the written demand by the applicant.<br>In the event of a hearing, the commissioner shall reconsider the application and, after hearing,<br>issue a written order granting or denying the application. If an applicant who is denied a license<br>requests a hearing and the commissioner's denial is upheld, the commissioner may assess the<br>applicant for the commissioner's costs incurred for the hearing, in an amount not exceeding two<br>thousand dollars.13-08-14. Suspension - Revocation.1.After notice and hearing, the commissioner may suspend or revoke a license if the<br>commissioner finds that the licensee or any principal of the licensee has been<br>convicted of a felony or that the licensee knowingly or through lack of due care:a.Failed to pay the annual license fee imposed under this chapter or any<br>examination fee imposed by the commissioner under the authority of this<br>chapter;b.Committed any fraud, engaged in any dishonest activities, or made any<br>misrepresentations;c.Violated this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter or violated any<br>other law in the course of the licensee's business activities as a licensee;d.Made false statements in the application for the license; ore.Engaged in any unfair or deceptive acts, practices, or advertising in the conduct<br>of a deferred presentment service business.2.Written notice must be given at least twenty days before the date of a hearing under<br>this chapter.13-08-14.1.Suspension and removal of deferred presentment service providerofficers and employees.1.The commissioner of financial institutions may issue and serve upon a deferred<br>presentment service provider officer or employee and upon the licensee involved aPage No. 6complaint stating the basis for the commissioner's belief that the officer or employee<br>is willfully engaging or has willfully engaged in any of the following conduct:a.Violating a law, rule, order, or written agreement with the commissioner;b.Engaging in harassment or abuse, the making of false or misleading<br>representations, or engaging in unfair practices involving lending activity; orc.Performing an act of commission or omission or practice, which is a breach of<br>trust or a breach of fiduciary duty.2.The complaint must contain a notice of opportunity for hearing pursuant to chapter<br>28-32.3.If a hearing is not requested within twenty days of the date the complaint is served<br>upon the officer or employee, or if a hearing is held and the commissioner finds that<br>the record so warrants, the commissioner may enter an order suspending or<br>temporarily removing the employee or officer from office for a period not exceeding<br>three years from the effective date of the suspension or temporary removal.4.A contested or default suspension or temporary removal order is effective<br>immediately upon service of the order on the officer or employee and upon the<br>licensee. A consent order is effective as agreed. An officer or employee suspended<br>or temporarily removed from office pursuant to this section is not eligible, while<br>under suspension, for reinstatement to a position within a licensed deferred<br>presentment service provider.5.When an officer or employee or other person participating in the conduct of the<br>affairs of a licensee is charged with a felony in state or federal court which involves<br>dishonesty or breach of trust, the commissioner may immediately suspend the<br>person from office or prohibit the person from further participation in the deferred<br>presentment service provider affairs, or both. The order is effective immediately<br>upon service of the order on the licensee and the person charged and remains in<br>effect until the criminal charge is finally disposed of or until modified by the<br>commissioner. If a judgment of conviction, federal pretrial diversion, or similar state<br>order or judgment is entered, the commissioner may order that the suspension or<br>prohibition be made permanent. A finding of not guilty or other disposition of the<br>charge does not preclude the commissioner from pursuing administrative or civil<br>remedies.6.Under this section, a person engages in conduct &quot;willfully&quot; if the person acted<br>intentionally in the sense that the person was aware of what the person was doing.13-08-15.Violations - Cease and desist orders - Penalties. Except as otherwiseprovided in this chapter, any person who willfully provides deferred presentment services without<br>a license is guilty of a class C felony and any person who violates any other provisions of this<br>chapter or any rule adopted to implement this chapter is guilty of an infraction.If thecommissioner finds, whether without a hearing or after a hearing if a hearing is requested within<br>twenty days of notice of an action by the commissioner under this section, that a person violated<br>this chapter or any rule adopted to implement this chapter, the commissioner may do any one or<br>more of the following:1.Order the person to cease and desist violating this chapter or the rule.2.Require the refund of any fees collected by the person in violation of this chapter.3.Impose a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars per violation upon a<br>person or agency who willfully violates a law, rule, written agreement, or order under<br>this chapter.An interested party may appeal the assessment of a civil moneyPage No. 7penalty under the provisions of chapter 28-32 by filing a written notice of appeal<br>within twenty days after service of the assessment of civil money penalties. A civil<br>money penalty collected under this section must be paid to the state treasurer and<br>deposited in the financial institutions regulatory fund.Page No. 8Document Outlinechapter 13-08 deferred presentment service providers

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CHAPTER 13-08DEFERRED PRESENTMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS13-08-01. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:1.&quot;Check&quot; means a personal check signed by the maker and made payable to a<br>licensee.2.&quot;Commissioner&quot; means the commissioner of financial institutions.3.&quot;Completed deferred presentment service transaction&quot; means a transaction that is<br>completed when a check is redeemed by the maker by payment in full to the<br>licensee in cash, money order, or certified check or by negotiation or deposit by the<br>licensee, or when an electronic funds transfer or other transfer of money has taken<br>place to repay the contracted debt.4.&quot;Customer&quot; means a person to which funds are advanced under a deferred<br>presentment service transaction.5.&quot;Deferred presentment service transaction&quot; means a transaction by which a person:a.Pays to a customer the amount of a check, less the fees permitted under this<br>chapter, and accepts a check from the customer dated on the date of the<br>transaction and agrees to hold the check for a period of time before negotiation<br>or presentment;b.Accepts a check dated after the date of the transaction and agrees to hold the<br>check for deposit until the date written on the check; orc.Pays to the customer an agreed-upon amount, and obtains the customer's<br>authorization to transfer or withdraw, electronically or otherwise, funds from a<br>customer's account in repayment at some future, agreed-upon date.6.&quot;Licensee&quot; means a person licensed under this chapter to provide deferred<br>presentment services.13-08-02. License requirements. A person may not engage in the business of deferredpresentment service without a license issued under this chapter. A separate license is required<br>for each location from which the business of deferred presentment service is conducted.13-08-03. Qualifications for license. To qualify for a license, an applicant shall satisfythe following requirements:1.Each applicant shall maintain a net worth of at least twenty-five thousand dollars per<br>licensed location, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting<br>principles.2.The financial responsibility, financial condition, business experience, character, and<br>general fitness of the applicant must reasonably warrant the belief that the<br>applicant's business will be conducted lawfully and fairly. In determining whether<br>this qualification is met and for the purpose of investigating compliance with this<br>chapter, the commissioner may review and consider the relevant business records<br>and the capital adequacy of the applicant and the competence, experience, integrity,<br>and financial ability of any person who is a member, partner, director, officer, or<br>twenty-five percent or more shareholder of the applicant, and whether the applicant<br>has filed the appropriate registration with the North Dakota secretary of state, if so<br>required.Page No. 13.Each applicant shall establish that neither the applicant nor any principal of the<br>applicant has been convicted of a felony. A deferred sentence or federal pretrial<br>diversion must be considered a conviction for purposes of this section.4.Each applicant shall maintain a bond issued by a surety company authorized to do<br>business in this state, in the amount of twenty thousand dollars, and the<br>commissioner may require a larger bond if the commissioner determines the larger<br>bond is necessary based on the volume of the applicant's business.13-08-04. Application for license. Each application for a license must be in the formprescribed by the commissioner and must include:1.The legal name of the applicant, residence of the applicant, business address of the<br>applicant, and address at which deferred presentment service is provided if different<br>from the business address and, if the applicant is a partnership, association, or<br>corporation, the name and address of every member, officer, and director;2.The location at which the registered office of the applicant is located; and3.Other data and information the commissioner may require with respect to the<br>applicant and the applicant's directors, officers, members, and shareholders.13-08-05. Application fees - Financial statements - Annual fee - Deposit of fees.Each applicant for licensure shall include with the application an application and background<br>investigation fee of eight hundred fifty dollars, which is not subject to refund but which, if the<br>license is granted, constitutes the license fee for the first license year or part of the first license<br>year, and each applicant for licensure shall include with the application proof of the required<br>surety bond. The annual license fee is four hundred fifty dollars. Each fee set forth in this<br>section is applicable to each location. The commissioner shall deposit fees and costs collected<br>by the commissioner under this chapter in the department of financial institutions regulatory fund.13-08-06. Issuance of license - Posting.1.Upon receipt of a complete application, the commissioner shall determine whether<br>the qualifications prescribed under this chapter are satisfied. If the commissioner<br>determines the qualifications are satisfied and approves the documents, the<br>commissioner shall issue to the applicant a license to engage in the deferred<br>presentment service business.2.A licensee shall keep the license conspicuously posted in the place of business of<br>the licensee, and shall provide notice to its customers in this state of the license<br>number under which it is operating.3.A license issued under this section is effective through the remainder of the fiscal<br>year ending June thirtieth after the license's date of issuance unless earlier<br>surrendered, suspended, or revoked under this chapter.13-08-07. Nontransferability - Change in control of license. A license issued underthis chapter is not transferable or assignable. The prior written approval of the commissioner is<br>required for the continued operation of a deferred presentment service business if a change in<br>control of a licensee occurs.Control in the case of a corporation means direct or indirectownership; the right to control twenty-five percent or more of the voting shares of the corporation;<br>or the ability of any person to elect a majority of the directors or otherwise affect a change in<br>policy. Control in the case of any other entity means the ability to exchange the principals of the<br>organization, whether active or passive.In the case of a change of control request, thecommissioner may require information the commissioner deems necessary to determine whether<br>a new application is required. A licensee shall notify the commissioner fifteen days before any<br>proposed change in the licensee's business location or name.Page No. 213-08-08. Reports of commissioner. Within fifteen days of the occurrence of any oneof the following events, a licensee shall file a written report with the commissioner describing the<br>event and the event's expected impact on the activities of the licensee in the state:1.The filing for bankruptcy or reorganization by the licensee;2.The institution of revocation or suspension proceedings against the licensee by any<br>governmental authority;3.Any felony charges of the licensee or any of the licensee's members, directors,<br>officers, or shareholders; and4.Any other event the commissioner identifies by rule.13-08-09. Expiration of license - Renewal. Licenses issued under this chapter expireas of June thirtieth of each year. A license may be renewed for the ensuing twelve-month period<br>upon application and the payment to the commissioner of the annual license fee, which is not<br>subject to refund, before June first of each year. The form and content of renewal applications<br>must be determined by the department of financial institutions and a renewal application may be<br>denied upon the same grounds as would justify denial of an initial application. When a licensee<br>has been delinquent in renewing the licensee's license, the department may charge an additional<br>fee of fifty dollars for the renewal of such license.13-08-10. Regulations - Examinations. The commissioner may adopt rules for theimplementation and enforcement of this chapter. A copy of a rule adopted by the commissioner<br>must be mailed to each licensee at least thirty days before the date the rule takes effect. To<br>assure compliance with this chapter, the commissioner may examine the relevant business,<br>books, and records of any licensee. The licensee shall pay an examination or visitation fee, and<br>the commissioner shall charge the licensee for the actual cost of the examination or visitation at<br>an hourly rate set by the commissioner which is sufficient to cover all reasonable expenses<br>associated with the examination or visitation.13-08-11. Retention of records. Each licensee shall keep and use in the licensee'sbusiness any books, accounts, and records the commissioner may require to carry into effect the<br>provisions of this chapter and the rules issued under this chapter. Every licensee shall preserve<br>required books, accounts, and records for at least six years. The records of a licensee may be<br>maintained electronically provided they can be reproduced upon request by the department of<br>financial institutions and within the required statutory time period provided in this section.13-08-11.1.Response to department requests.An applicant, licensee, or otherperson subject to the provisions of this chapter shall comply with requests for information,<br>documents, or other requests from the department of financial institutions within the time<br>specified in the request, which must be a minimum of ten days, or, if no time is specified, within<br>thirty days of the mailing of the request by the department of financial institutions. If the request<br>for information is in regard to a new application or renewal of an existing application and is not<br>received within the time specified in the request, or within thirty days of the mailing of the request,<br>the department may deny the application.13-08-12. Fees for service - Deferred presentment service transaction procedures -Penalty.1.Before disbursing funds under a deferred presentment service transaction, a<br>licensee shall provide to the customer a clear and conspicuous printed notice<br>indicating:a.That a deferred presentment service transaction is not intended to meet<br>long-term financial needs.Page No. 3b.That the customer should use a deferred presentment service transaction only<br>to meet short-term cash needs.c.That the customer will be required to pay additional fees if the deferred<br>presentment service transaction is renewed rather than paid in full when due. If<br>the transaction is renewed, any amount paid in excess of the fee applies to the<br>payoff amount.d.A schedule of fees charged for deferred presentment service.e.Any information required under federal law.f.No property, titles to any property, or mortgages may be received or held<br>directly or indirectly by the licensee as a condition of a deferred presentment<br>service transaction or as a method of collection on a defaulted deferred<br>presentment service transaction without proper civil process.2.A licensee may charge a fee for the deferred presentment service, not to exceed<br>twenty percent of the amount paid to the customer by the licensee. This fee may not<br>be deemed interest for any purpose of law. No other fee or charge may be charged<br>for the deferred presentment service, except that a fee, not to exceed the cost to the<br>licensee, may be charged for registering a transaction on a database administered<br>or authorized by the commissioner. No property, titles to any property, or mortgages<br>may be received or held directly or indirectly by the licensee as a condition of a<br>deferred presentment service transaction or as a method of collection on a defaulted<br>deferred presentment service transaction without proper civil process.3.A licensee may not disburse more than five hundred dollars to the customer in a<br>deferred presentment service transaction.4.A licensee may not engage in a deferred presentment service transaction with a<br>customer who has an aggregate value of all outstanding obligations from any one<br>customer exceeding six hundred dollars which is payable to the same or any other<br>licensee. A licensee may not enter a new deferred presentment service transaction<br>with a customer within three business days of that customer's completion of a<br>previous deferred presentment service transaction. A licensee may rely on a written<br>or electronic representation of a customer regarding the existence of any<br>outstanding obligations for deferred presentment held by a licensee other than the<br>licensee receiving the representation until the database provided for under this<br>subsection is in operation, and after that time may not rely on a customer's<br>representation but must verify the fact using the database. However, if a licensee<br>has multiple locations, that licensee may not rely on the representation of a<br>customer regarding the existence of any outstanding obligation for deferred<br>presentment held by that licensee, or one of the licensee's multiple locations, unless<br>the licensee and the licensee's multiple locations use a point of sale registry or some<br>other accounting system to attempt to prevent violations of this subsection. The<br>commissioner shall administer or authorize the development of a database in which<br>each transaction must be recorded for the purpose of preventing violations of this<br>section. The commissioner shall adopt rules governing the creation, structure, and<br>use of the database.5.Before a licensee may negotiate or present a check for payment, the check must be<br>endorsed with the actual name under which the licensee is doing business.6.Each deferred presentment service transaction, including a renewal, must be<br>documented by a written agreement signed or similarly authenticated by the<br>customer. The agreement must contain the name of the licensee; the transaction<br>date; the amount of the obligation; and a statement of the total amount of fees<br>charged, expressed as a dollar amount and as an annual percentage rate. ThePage No. 4agreement must authorize the licensee to defer presentment or negotiation of the<br>check, or electronic debit of the customer's account, until a specified date.Themaker of a check may redeem the check from the licensee at any time before the<br>negotiation or presentment of the check by making payment to the licensee. A<br>customer agreeing to an electronic deferred presentment service transaction may<br>repay the obligation at any time before the agreed-upon date. A customer may<br>rescind any transaction by the close of the business day following the day on which<br>the customer receives payment from the licensee at no cost. If a customer agreeing<br>to an electronic deferred presentment service transaction rescinds the transaction,<br>the licensee must facilitate the repayment of the funds through the same electronic<br>means the licensee used to deliver the funds to the customer.7.If a check or electronic debit is returned to the licensee from a payer financial<br>institution due to insufficient funds, closed account, or a stop payment order, the<br>licensee has the right to all civil remedies available to collect the obligation. The<br>licensee may contract for and collect a returned check or electronic debit charge not<br>to exceed twenty dollars. No other fee or charge may be collected as a result of a<br>returned check or electronic debit or as a result of default by the customer in timely<br>payment to the licensee.8.A customer who has authority to make a check or authorize an electronic debit and<br>enters a deferred presentment service agreement is not subject to a criminal penalty<br>relating to the check, electronic debit, or the deferred presentment service<br>agreement unless the customer's account was closed on the original date of the<br>transaction.At the time of entering a transaction involving a written check, alicensee shall verify that the account on which the check is written is open.Alicensee may not pursue or threaten to pursue criminal penalties against a customer<br>for criminal penalties prohibited by this subsection.9.A licensee may not engage in unfair or deceptive acts, practices, or advertising in<br>the conduct of a deferred presentment service business.10.The amount paid to the customer by the licensee in a deferred presentment service<br>transaction must be paid in the form of cash, check, or an electronic credit to the<br>customer's account.11.Each licensee must conspicuously post in the licensee's licensed location a notice of<br>the fees imposed for the deferred presentment service. A licensee that engages in a<br>deferred presentment service transaction via the internet shall require its customers<br>to acknowledge the fees imposed using a click-through or other method that<br>prevents customers from completing the transaction without reviewing the licensee's<br>fees.12.A licensee may not renew a deferred presentment service transaction more than<br>once. A licensee's renewal fee may not exceed twenty percent of the amount being<br>renewed. The renewal fee must be paid in cash, money order, or cashier's check.<br>The total period of deferral, including the initial deferral and one renewal, may not<br>exceed sixty days. An individual renewal period may not be less than fifteen days.<br>After sixty days the renewed deferred presentment service transaction must be paid<br>off in cash, money order, electronic payment, or cashier's check by the customer or,<br>if a check is used, the check must be deposited by the licensee.13.A licensee may not renew, repay, refinance, or consolidate a deferred presentment<br>service transaction with the proceeds of another deferred presentment service<br>transaction with that licensee by the same maker or customer. It is presumed that a<br>deferred presentment service transaction initiated within three business days before<br>completion of a deferred presentment service transaction is a violation of this<br>subsection.Page No. 514.A licensee may not conduct another business, other than a bona fide pawnbroking<br>business, within the same office, suite, room, or place of business at which the<br>licensee engages in deferred presentment service transactions unless the<br>commissioner provides written authorization after a determination the other business<br>is not contrary to the best interests of consumers.15.A licensee shall provide a notice in a prominent place on each deferred presentment<br>service agreement in no less than ten-point type in substantially the following form:State law prohibits this business from allowing customers to have outstanding<br>at any one time, deferred presentment service transactions totaling more than<br>six hundred dollars.16.A licensee or any agent of a licensee who willfully violates this section is guilty of a<br>class A misdemeanor.13-08-13. Denial of license - Hearing. If the commissioner determines an applicant isnot qualified to receive a license, the commissioner shall notify the applicant in writing stating that<br>the application is denied and stating the basis for denial.If the commissioner denies anapplication, or if the commissioner fails to act on an application within thirty days after the filing of<br>a properly completed application, the applicant may make written demand to the commissioner<br>for a hearing before the commissioner on the question of whether the license should be granted.<br>The hearing must be held within thirty days after receipt of the written demand by the applicant.<br>In the event of a hearing, the commissioner shall reconsider the application and, after hearing,<br>issue a written order granting or denying the application. If an applicant who is denied a license<br>requests a hearing and the commissioner's denial is upheld, the commissioner may assess the<br>applicant for the commissioner's costs incurred for the hearing, in an amount not exceeding two<br>thousand dollars.13-08-14. Suspension - Revocation.1.After notice and hearing, the commissioner may suspend or revoke a license if the<br>commissioner finds that the licensee or any principal of the licensee has been<br>convicted of a felony or that the licensee knowingly or through lack of due care:a.Failed to pay the annual license fee imposed under this chapter or any<br>examination fee imposed by the commissioner under the authority of this<br>chapter;b.Committed any fraud, engaged in any dishonest activities, or made any<br>misrepresentations;c.Violated this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter or violated any<br>other law in the course of the licensee's business activities as a licensee;d.Made false statements in the application for the license; ore.Engaged in any unfair or deceptive acts, practices, or advertising in the conduct<br>of a deferred presentment service business.2.Written notice must be given at least twenty days before the date of a hearing under<br>this chapter.13-08-14.1.Suspension and removal of deferred presentment service providerofficers and employees.1.The commissioner of financial institutions may issue and serve upon a deferred<br>presentment service provider officer or employee and upon the licensee involved aPage No. 6complaint stating the basis for the commissioner's belief that the officer or employee<br>is willfully engaging or has willfully engaged in any of the following conduct:a.Violating a law, rule, order, or written agreement with the commissioner;b.Engaging in harassment or abuse, the making of false or misleading<br>representations, or engaging in unfair practices involving lending activity; orc.Performing an act of commission or omission or practice, which is a breach of<br>trust or a breach of fiduciary duty.2.The complaint must contain a notice of opportunity for hearing pursuant to chapter<br>28-32.3.If a hearing is not requested within twenty days of the date the complaint is served<br>upon the officer or employee, or if a hearing is held and the commissioner finds that<br>the record so warrants, the commissioner may enter an order suspending or<br>temporarily removing the employee or officer from office for a period not exceeding<br>three years from the effective date of the suspension or temporary removal.4.A contested or default suspension or temporary removal order is effective<br>immediately upon service of the order on the officer or employee and upon the<br>licensee. A consent order is effective as agreed. An officer or employee suspended<br>or temporarily removed from office pursuant to this section is not eligible, while<br>under suspension, for reinstatement to a position within a licensed deferred<br>presentment service provider.5.When an officer or employee or other person participating in the conduct of the<br>affairs of a licensee is charged with a felony in state or federal court which involves<br>dishonesty or breach of trust, the commissioner may immediately suspend the<br>person from office or prohibit the person from further participation in the deferred<br>presentment service provider affairs, or both. The order is effective immediately<br>upon service of the order on the licensee and the person charged and remains in<br>effect until the criminal charge is finally disposed of or until modified by the<br>commissioner. If a judgment of conviction, federal pretrial diversion, or similar state<br>order or judgment is entered, the commissioner may order that the suspension or<br>prohibition be made permanent. A finding of not guilty or other disposition of the<br>charge does not preclude the commissioner from pursuing administrative or civil<br>remedies.6.Under this section, a person engages in conduct &quot;willfully&quot; if the person acted<br>intentionally in the sense that the person was aware of what the person was doing.13-08-15.Violations - Cease and desist orders - Penalties. Except as otherwiseprovided in this chapter, any person who willfully provides deferred presentment services without<br>a license is guilty of a class C felony and any person who violates any other provisions of this<br>chapter or any rule adopted to implement this chapter is guilty of an infraction.If thecommissioner finds, whether without a hearing or after a hearing if a hearing is requested within<br>twenty days of notice of an action by the commissioner under this section, that a person violated<br>this chapter or any rule adopted to implement this chapter, the commissioner may do any one or<br>more of the following:1.Order the person to cease and desist violating this chapter or the rule.2.Require the refund of any fees collected by the person in violation of this chapter.3.Impose a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars per violation upon a<br>person or agency who willfully violates a law, rule, written agreement, or order under<br>this chapter.An interested party may appeal the assessment of a civil moneyPage No. 7penalty under the provisions of chapter 28-32 by filing a written notice of appeal<br>within twenty days after service of the assessment of civil money penalties. A civil<br>money penalty collected under this section must be paid to the state treasurer and<br>deposited in the financial institutions regulatory fund.Page No. 8Document Outlinechapter 13-08 deferred presentment service providers

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CHAPTER 13-08DEFERRED PRESENTMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS13-08-01. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:1.&quot;Check&quot; means a personal check signed by the maker and made payable to a<br>licensee.2.&quot;Commissioner&quot; means the commissioner of financial institutions.3.&quot;Completed deferred presentment service transaction&quot; means a transaction that is<br>completed when a check is redeemed by the maker by payment in full to the<br>licensee in cash, money order, or certified check or by negotiation or deposit by the<br>licensee, or when an electronic funds transfer or other transfer of money has taken<br>place to repay the contracted debt.4.&quot;Customer&quot; means a person to which funds are advanced under a deferred<br>presentment service transaction.5.&quot;Deferred presentment service transaction&quot; means a transaction by which a person:a.Pays to a customer the amount of a check, less the fees permitted under this<br>chapter, and accepts a check from the customer dated on the date of the<br>transaction and agrees to hold the check for a period of time before negotiation<br>or presentment;b.Accepts a check dated after the date of the transaction and agrees to hold the<br>check for deposit until the date written on the check; orc.Pays to the customer an agreed-upon amount, and obtains the customer's<br>authorization to transfer or withdraw, electronically or otherwise, funds from a<br>customer's account in repayment at some future, agreed-upon date.6.&quot;Licensee&quot; means a person licensed under this chapter to provide deferred<br>presentment services.13-08-02. License requirements. A person may not engage in the business of deferredpresentment service without a license issued under this chapter. A separate license is required<br>for each location from which the business of deferred presentment service is conducted.13-08-03. Qualifications for license. To qualify for a license, an applicant shall satisfythe following requirements:1.Each applicant shall maintain a net worth of at least twenty-five thousand dollars per<br>licensed location, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting<br>principles.2.The financial responsibility, financial condition, business experience, character, and<br>general fitness of the applicant must reasonably warrant the belief that the<br>applicant's business will be conducted lawfully and fairly. In determining whether<br>this qualification is met and for the purpose of investigating compliance with this<br>chapter, the commissioner may review and consider the relevant business records<br>and the capital adequacy of the applicant and the competence, experience, integrity,<br>and financial ability of any person who is a member, partner, director, officer, or<br>twenty-five percent or more shareholder of the applicant, and whether the applicant<br>has filed the appropriate registration with the North Dakota secretary of state, if so<br>required.Page No. 13.Each applicant shall establish that neither the applicant nor any principal of the<br>applicant has been convicted of a felony. A deferred sentence or federal pretrial<br>diversion must be considered a conviction for purposes of this section.4.Each applicant shall maintain a bond issued by a surety company authorized to do<br>business in this state, in the amount of twenty thousand dollars, and the<br>commissioner may require a larger bond if the commissioner determines the larger<br>bond is necessary based on the volume of the applicant's business.13-08-04. Application for license. Each application for a license must be in the formprescribed by the commissioner and must include:1.The legal name of the applicant, residence of the applicant, business address of the<br>applicant, and address at which deferred presentment service is provided if different<br>from the business address and, if the applicant is a partnership, association, or<br>corporation, the name and address of every member, officer, and director;2.The location at which the registered office of the applicant is located; and3.Other data and information the commissioner may require with respect to the<br>applicant and the applicant's directors, officers, members, and shareholders.13-08-05. Application fees - Financial statements - Annual fee - Deposit of fees.Each applicant for licensure shall include with the application an application and background<br>investigation fee of eight hundred fifty dollars, which is not subject to refund but which, if the<br>license is granted, constitutes the license fee for the first license year or part of the first license<br>year, and each applicant for licensure shall include with the application proof of the required<br>surety bond. The annual license fee is four hundred fifty dollars. Each fee set forth in this<br>section is applicable to each location. The commissioner shall deposit fees and costs collected<br>by the commissioner under this chapter in the department of financial institutions regulatory fund.13-08-06. Issuance of license - Posting.1.Upon receipt of a complete application, the commissioner shall determine whether<br>the qualifications prescribed under this chapter are satisfied. If the commissioner<br>determines the qualifications are satisfied and approves the documents, the<br>commissioner shall issue to the applicant a license to engage in the deferred<br>presentment service business.2.A licensee shall keep the license conspicuously posted in the place of business of<br>the licensee, and shall provide notice to its customers in this state of the license<br>number under which it is operating.3.A license issued under this section is effective through the remainder of the fiscal<br>year ending June thirtieth after the license's date of issuance unless earlier<br>surrendered, suspended, or revoked under this chapter.13-08-07. Nontransferability - Change in control of license. A license issued underthis chapter is not transferable or assignable. The prior written approval of the commissioner is<br>required for the continued operation of a deferred presentment service business if a change in<br>control of a licensee occurs.Control in the case of a corporation means direct or indirectownership; the right to control twenty-five percent or more of the voting shares of the corporation;<br>or the ability of any person to elect a majority of the directors or otherwise affect a change in<br>policy. Control in the case of any other entity means the ability to exchange the principals of the<br>organization, whether active or passive.In the case of a change of control request, thecommissioner may require information the commissioner deems necessary to determine whether<br>a new application is required. A licensee shall notify the commissioner fifteen days before any<br>proposed change in the licensee's business location or name.Page No. 213-08-08. Reports of commissioner. Within fifteen days of the occurrence of any oneof the following events, a licensee shall file a written report with the commissioner describing the<br>event and the event's expected impact on the activities of the licensee in the state:1.The filing for bankruptcy or reorganization by the licensee;2.The institution of revocation or suspension proceedings against the licensee by any<br>governmental authority;3.Any felony charges of the licensee or any of the licensee's members, directors,<br>officers, or shareholders; and4.Any other event the commissioner identifies by rule.13-08-09. Expiration of license - Renewal. Licenses issued under this chapter expireas of June thirtieth of each year. A license may be renewed for the ensuing twelve-month period<br>upon application and the payment to the commissioner of the annual license fee, which is not<br>subject to refund, before June first of each year. The form and content of renewal applications<br>must be determined by the department of financial institutions and a renewal application may be<br>denied upon the same grounds as would justify denial of an initial application. When a licensee<br>has been delinquent in renewing the licensee's license, the department may charge an additional<br>fee of fifty dollars for the renewal of such license.13-08-10. Regulations - Examinations. The commissioner may adopt rules for theimplementation and enforcement of this chapter. A copy of a rule adopted by the commissioner<br>must be mailed to each licensee at least thirty days before the date the rule takes effect. To<br>assure compliance with this chapter, the commissioner may examine the relevant business,<br>books, and records of any licensee. The licensee shall pay an examination or visitation fee, and<br>the commissioner shall charge the licensee for the actual cost of the examination or visitation at<br>an hourly rate set by the commissioner which is sufficient to cover all reasonable expenses<br>associated with the examination or visitation.13-08-11. Retention of records. Each licensee shall keep and use in the licensee'sbusiness any books, accounts, and records the commissioner may require to carry into effect the<br>provisions of this chapter and the rules issued under this chapter. Every licensee shall preserve<br>required books, accounts, and records for at least six years. The records of a licensee may be<br>maintained electronically provided they can be reproduced upon request by the department of<br>financial institutions and within the required statutory time period provided in this section.13-08-11.1.Response to department requests.An applicant, licensee, or otherperson subject to the provisions of this chapter shall comply with requests for information,<br>documents, or other requests from the department of financial institutions within the time<br>specified in the request, which must be a minimum of ten days, or, if no time is specified, within<br>thirty days of the mailing of the request by the department of financial institutions. If the request<br>for information is in regard to a new application or renewal of an existing application and is not<br>received within the time specified in the request, or within thirty days of the mailing of the request,<br>the department may deny the application.13-08-12. Fees for service - Deferred presentment service transaction procedures -Penalty.1.Before disbursing funds under a deferred presentment service transaction, a<br>licensee shall provide to the customer a clear and conspicuous printed notice<br>indicating:a.That a deferred presentment service transaction is not intended to meet<br>long-term financial needs.Page No. 3b.That the customer should use a deferred presentment service transaction only<br>to meet short-term cash needs.c.That the customer will be required to pay additional fees if the deferred<br>presentment service transaction is renewed rather than paid in full when due. If<br>the transaction is renewed, any amount paid in excess of the fee applies to the<br>payoff amount.d.A schedule of fees charged for deferred presentment service.e.Any information required under federal law.f.No property, titles to any property, or mortgages may be received or held<br>directly or indirectly by the licensee as a condition of a deferred presentment<br>service transaction or as a method of collection on a defaulted deferred<br>presentment service transaction without proper civil process.2.A licensee may charge a fee for the deferred presentment service, not to exceed<br>twenty percent of the amount paid to the customer by the licensee. This fee may not<br>be deemed interest for any purpose of law. No other fee or charge may be charged<br>for the deferred presentment service, except that a fee, not to exceed the cost to the<br>licensee, may be charged for registering a transaction on a database administered<br>or authorized by the commissioner. No property, titles to any property, or mortgages<br>may be received or held directly or indirectly by the licensee as a condition of a<br>deferred presentment service transaction or as a method of collection on a defaulted<br>deferred presentment service transaction without proper civil process.3.A licensee may not disburse more than five hundred dollars to the customer in a<br>deferred presentment service transaction.4.A licensee may not engage in a deferred presentment service transaction with a<br>customer who has an aggregate value of all outstanding obligations from any one<br>customer exceeding six hundred dollars which is payable to the same or any other<br>licensee. A licensee may not enter a new deferred presentment service transaction<br>with a customer within three business days of that customer's completion of a<br>previous deferred presentment service transaction. A licensee may rely on a written<br>or electronic representation of a customer regarding the existence of any<br>outstanding obligations for deferred presentment held by a licensee other than the<br>licensee receiving the representation until the database provided for under this<br>subsection is in operation, and after that time may not rely on a customer's<br>representation but must verify the fact using the database. However, if a licensee<br>has multiple locations, that licensee may not rely on the representation of a<br>customer regarding the existence of any outstanding obligation for deferred<br>presentment held by that licensee, or one of the licensee's multiple locations, unless<br>the licensee and the licensee's multiple locations use a point of sale registry or some<br>other accounting system to attempt to prevent violations of this subsection. The<br>commissioner shall administer or authorize the development of a database in which<br>each transaction must be recorded for the purpose of preventing violations of this<br>section. The commissioner shall adopt rules governing the creation, structure, and<br>use of the database.5.Before a licensee may negotiate or present a check for payment, the check must be<br>endorsed with the actual name under which the licensee is doing business.6.Each deferred presentment service transaction, including a renewal, must be<br>documented by a written agreement signed or similarly authenticated by the<br>customer. The agreement must contain the name of the licensee; the transaction<br>date; the amount of the obligation; and a statement of the total amount of fees<br>charged, expressed as a dollar amount and as an annual percentage rate. ThePage No. 4agreement must authorize the licensee to defer presentment or negotiation of the<br>check, or electronic debit of the customer's account, until a specified date.Themaker of a check may redeem the check from the licensee at any time before the<br>negotiation or presentment of the check by making payment to the licensee. A<br>customer agreeing to an electronic deferred presentment service transaction may<br>repay the obligation at any time before the agreed-upon date. A customer may<br>rescind any transaction by the close of the business day following the day on which<br>the customer receives payment from the licensee at no cost. If a customer agreeing<br>to an electronic deferred presentment service transaction rescinds the transaction,<br>the licensee must facilitate the repayment of the funds through the same electronic<br>means the licensee used to deliver the funds to the customer.7.If a check or electronic debit is returned to the licensee from a payer financial<br>institution due to insufficient funds, closed account, or a stop payment order, the<br>licensee has the right to all civil remedies available to collect the obligation. The<br>licensee may contract for and collect a returned check or electronic debit charge not<br>to exceed twenty dollars. No other fee or charge may be collected as a result of a<br>returned check or electronic debit or as a result of default by the customer in timely<br>payment to the licensee.8.A customer who has authority to make a check or authorize an electronic debit and<br>enters a deferred presentment service agreement is not subject to a criminal penalty<br>relating to the check, electronic debit, or the deferred presentment service<br>agreement unless the customer's account was closed on the original date of the<br>transaction.At the time of entering a transaction involving a written check, alicensee shall verify that the account on which the check is written is open.Alicensee may not pursue or threaten to pursue criminal penalties against a customer<br>for criminal penalties prohibited by this subsection.9.A licensee may not engage in unfair or deceptive acts, practices, or advertising in<br>the conduct of a deferred presentment service business.10.The amount paid to the customer by the licensee in a deferred presentment service<br>transaction must be paid in the form of cash, check, or an electronic credit to the<br>customer's account.11.Each licensee must conspicuously post in the licensee's licensed location a notice of<br>the fees imposed for the deferred presentment service. A licensee that engages in a<br>deferred presentment service transaction via the internet shall require its customers<br>to acknowledge the fees imposed using a click-through or other method that<br>prevents customers from completing the transaction without reviewing the licensee's<br>fees.12.A licensee may not renew a deferred presentment service transaction more than<br>once. A licensee's renewal fee may not exceed twenty percent of the amount being<br>renewed. The renewal fee must be paid in cash, money order, or cashier's check.<br>The total period of deferral, including the initial deferral and one renewal, may not<br>exceed sixty days. An individual renewal period may not be less than fifteen days.<br>After sixty days the renewed deferred presentment service transaction must be paid<br>off in cash, money order, electronic payment, or cashier's check by the customer or,<br>if a check is used, the check must be deposited by the licensee.13.A licensee may not renew, repay, refinance, or consolidate a deferred presentment<br>service transaction with the proceeds of another deferred presentment service<br>transaction with that licensee by the same maker or customer. It is presumed that a<br>deferred presentment service transaction initiated within three business days before<br>completion of a deferred presentment service transaction is a violation of this<br>subsection.Page No. 514.A licensee may not conduct another business, other than a bona fide pawnbroking<br>business, within the same office, suite, room, or place of business at which the<br>licensee engages in deferred presentment service transactions unless the<br>commissioner provides written authorization after a determination the other business<br>is not contrary to the best interests of consumers.15.A licensee shall provide a notice in a prominent place on each deferred presentment<br>service agreement in no less than ten-point type in substantially the following form:State law prohibits this business from allowing customers to have outstanding<br>at any one time, deferred presentment service transactions totaling more than<br>six hundred dollars.16.A licensee or any agent of a licensee who willfully violates this section is guilty of a<br>class A misdemeanor.13-08-13. Denial of license - Hearing. If the commissioner determines an applicant isnot qualified to receive a license, the commissioner shall notify the applicant in writing stating that<br>the application is denied and stating the basis for denial.If the commissioner denies anapplication, or if the commissioner fails to act on an application within thirty days after the filing of<br>a properly completed application, the applicant may make written demand to the commissioner<br>for a hearing before the commissioner on the question of whether the license should be granted.<br>The hearing must be held within thirty days after receipt of the written demand by the applicant.<br>In the event of a hearing, the commissioner shall reconsider the application and, after hearing,<br>issue a written order granting or denying the application. If an applicant who is denied a license<br>requests a hearing and the commissioner's denial is upheld, the commissioner may assess the<br>applicant for the commissioner's costs incurred for the hearing, in an amount not exceeding two<br>thousand dollars.13-08-14. Suspension - Revocation.1.After notice and hearing, the commissioner may suspend or revoke a license if the<br>commissioner finds that the licensee or any principal of the licensee has been<br>convicted of a felony or that the licensee knowingly or through lack of due care:a.Failed to pay the annual license fee imposed under this chapter or any<br>examination fee imposed by the commissioner under the authority of this<br>chapter;b.Committed any fraud, engaged in any dishonest activities, or made any<br>misrepresentations;c.Violated this chapter or any rule adopted under this chapter or violated any<br>other law in the course of the licensee's business activities as a licensee;d.Made false statements in the application for the license; ore.Engaged in any unfair or deceptive acts, practices, or advertising in the conduct<br>of a deferred presentment service business.2.Written notice must be given at least twenty days before the date of a hearing under<br>this chapter.13-08-14.1.Suspension and removal of deferred presentment service providerofficers and employees.1.The commissioner of financial institutions may issue and serve upon a deferred<br>presentment service provider officer or employee and upon the licensee involved aPage No. 6complaint stating the basis for the commissioner's belief that the officer or employee<br>is willfully engaging or has willfully engaged in any of the following conduct:a.Violating a law, rule, order, or written agreement with the commissioner;b.Engaging in harassment or abuse, the making of false or misleading<br>representations, or engaging in unfair practices involving lending activity; orc.Performing an act of commission or omission or practice, which is a breach of<br>trust or a breach of fiduciary duty.2.The complaint must contain a notice of opportunity for hearing pursuant to chapter<br>28-32.3.If a hearing is not requested within twenty days of the date the complaint is served<br>upon the officer or employee, or if a hearing is held and the commissioner finds that<br>the record so warrants, the commissioner may enter an order suspending or<br>temporarily removing the employee or officer from office for a period not exceeding<br>three years from the effective date of the suspension or temporary removal.4.A contested or default suspension or temporary removal order is effective<br>immediately upon service of the order on the officer or employee and upon the<br>licensee. A consent order is effective as agreed. An officer or employee suspended<br>or temporarily removed from office pursuant to this section is not eligible, while<br>under suspension, for reinstatement to a position within a licensed deferred<br>presentment service provider.5.When an officer or employee or other person participating in the conduct of the<br>affairs of a licensee is charged with a felony in state or federal court which involves<br>dishonesty or breach of trust, the commissioner may immediately suspend the<br>person from office or prohibit the person from further participation in the deferred<br>presentment service provider affairs, or both. The order is effective immediately<br>upon service of the order on the licensee and the person charged and remains in<br>effect until the criminal charge is finally disposed of or until modified by the<br>commissioner. If a judgment of conviction, federal pretrial diversion, or similar state<br>order or judgment is entered, the commissioner may order that the suspension or<br>prohibition be made permanent. A finding of not guilty or other disposition of the<br>charge does not preclude the commissioner from pursuing administrative or civil<br>remedies.6.Under this section, a person engages in conduct &quot;willfully&quot; if the person acted<br>intentionally in the sense that the person was aware of what the person was doing.13-08-15.Violations - Cease and desist orders - Penalties. Except as otherwiseprovided in this chapter, any person who willfully provides deferred presentment services without<br>a license is guilty of a class C felony and any person who violates any other provisions of this<br>chapter or any rule adopted to implement this chapter is guilty of an infraction.If thecommissioner finds, whether without a hearing or after a hearing if a hearing is requested within<br>twenty days of notice of an action by the commissioner under this section, that a person violated<br>this chapter or any rule adopted to implement this chapter, the commissioner may do any one or<br>more of the following:1.Order the person to cease and desist violating this chapter or the rule.2.Require the refund of any fees collected by the person in violation of this chapter.3.Impose a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars per violation upon a<br>person or agency who willfully violates a law, rule, written agreement, or order under<br>this chapter.An interested party may appeal the assessment of a civil moneyPage No. 7penalty under the provisions of chapter 28-32 by filing a written notice of appeal<br>within twenty days after service of the assessment of civil money penalties. A civil<br>money penalty collected under this section must be paid to the state treasurer and<br>deposited in the financial institutions regulatory fund.Page No. 8Document Outlinechapter 13-08 deferred presentment service providers

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