The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation supervises and licenses financial institutions to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations. This allows citizens to conduct financial transactions safely and legally. One of the financial businesses that the office regulates is money transmitters.
A money transmitter is a business or individual that sells or issues payment instruments, stored value, or receives money or monetary value for transmission to another location within or outside the United States either by electronically or through the internet. Money transmission includes bill payer services and accelerated mortgage payment services.
One aspect of the licensing requirements is for Maryland money transmitters is to obtain a surety bond.
The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation is the obligee requiring Maryland money transmitters to obtain a security, such as surety bond. The minimum amount of a bond is $150,000, with a maximum amount of $1 million. The Commissioner sets the amount depending factors that include: financial condition of the applicant, average outstanding amount of business, experience of the applicant, and potential loss to buyers and holders if the applicant becomes financially impaired.
The security device is required to protect consumers in the event a money transmitter (the licensee) fails to comply with the state regulations and laws. If found in violation, a claim may be placed against the security device. In the case of a claim on a surety bond, the licensee (the principal listed on the bond) is responsible for repayment of the claimed amount. If the surety pays the claim, the principal is required to reimburse the surety.
A money transmitter license is required for the state of Maryland, unless the business is exempt under the Maryland Money Transmission Act. Applicants will need to apply for a license through the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) website.
Licensing fees include:
Licensing also includes:
The premium that you pay for a Maryland Money Transmitter Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the bond amount required. Our rates start at 1.5% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists to get a free quote based on your specific situation.
Maryland does not license or register companies that deal with virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin. The Commissioner is currently evaluating virtual currencies, and in the future may decide to regulate this currency. If that happens, then companies that deal with virtual currency will have to comply with state laws and regulations.
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