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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 of the licensing requirements for Maryland money transmitters is to obtain a surety bond.

Surety Bond Requirements

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.

License Requirements

A money transmitter license is required for the state of Maryland, unless the business is exempt under the Maryland Money Transmission Act.

Licensing fees include:

  • License fees $2,000
  • Investigation fee $1,000
  • NMLS Processing fee $100
  • Credit report authorization fee $15
  • FBI Criminal background check for MU2 individual $36.25
  • License renewal $2,000

Licensing also includes:

  • Electronic submissions via the NMLS is required.
  • Surety Device - Surety bond or other security with a minimum of $150,000 and a maximum of $1 million, to be obtained from a surety agency that is licensed to do business in Maryland. SuretyGroup.com fits the requirements to assist Maryland money transmitters with their bonding needs.
  • Qualifying individual - applicants must have three years of experience in the money transmission business or other related financial services businesses.
  • Criminal Background check - FBI background check is required
  • Credit check - Individuals are required to authorize a credit report through NMLS, and must complete an Identity Verification Process along with an individual attestation before a license request for the company can be filed through NMLS. Corporations need to send a business credit report, dated not more than three months before the filing of the license request.
  • Audited Financial Statements of the applicant's most recent fiscal year end and showing a net worth of at least $150,000, plus an additional net worth of $10,000 for each additional location or authorized delegate, up to a maximum of $500,000.
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Maryland Certificate of Authority/ Good Standing
  • Trade Name Certificate, if applicable
  • Credit Report
  • Bank Account information
  • Disclosure Questions with an explanation for any "yes" response.
  • Business Plan
  • Document Samples
  • Management Chart
  • Organizational Chart /Description
  • Compliance Manual
  • Policies and Procedures description
  • Fee Schedule
  • List of countries the business will be transmitting to and from
  • Trust account authorization

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a Maryland Money Transmitter Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the bond amount required. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists to get a free quote based on your specific situation.

Did You Know?

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.

Related Links

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation - Money Transmitter Licensing Information
NMLS - Maryland Money Transmitter License Application Information

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