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The North Carolina Commissioner of Banks (COB) charters and regulates North Carolina's state banks, trust companies, mortgage companies, along with the registration and licensing of other various financial entities, including money transmitters.

A money transmitter business helps its customers send or receive money by means of wire transfer, money order, or stored value card. Money transmitters must be licensed.

Applications are to be submitted through the NMLS online system, and a part of the application process includes obtaining a security, such as a surety bond.

Surety Bond Requirements

A surety bond remains in effect until cancelled, which may only occur after 90 days' written notice to the Commissioner. Cancellation does not cancel any liability incurred or accrued during that period.

The bond must remain in place no less than five years after the licensee ceases money transmissions in the state. However, the Commissioner may allow the permit to be reduced or eliminated.

Amount (NC Annual Volume) Bond Amount
Up to $1,000,000 $150,000
$1,000,001 to $5,000,000 $175,000
$5,000,001 to $10,000,000 $200,000
$10,000,001 to $50,000,000 $225,000
More Than $50,000,000.00 $250,000

In lieu of a surety bond, the following is accepted: Unencumbered cash, unencumbered interest-bearing bonds, unencumbered notes, unencumbered debentures, Unencumbered obligations of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or guaranteed by the United States, unencumbered obligations of this State or of any political subdivision of the State, or guaranteed by this State.

License Requirements:

Money transmitters must have a license to conduct business in the state. A single license allows a money transmitter to conduct business at one or more locations. The license allows for the following activities:

  • Electronic money transmitting
  • Issuing and/or selling traveler's checks
  • Issuing and/or selling money orders
  • Issuing and/or selling drafts
  • Issuing and/or selling prepaid access/stored value
  • Check cashing
  • Other money services - Virtual currency exchange or holding

Applications are to be filed through the NMLS. Application process includes:

  • License Application
  • Minimum Net Worth no less than $250,000, which the Commissioner may increase if deemed necessary.
  • Surety Bond of $150,000
  • Permissible investments and statutory trust
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $1500
  • Annual assessment: base amount of $5,000 for volumes no more than $1 million, plus an additional sum, calculated on the transmission dollar volume from the previous calendar year. The cumulative assessments are calculated as:

  • Transmission in U.S. Dollar Volume Per U.S. Dollar
    $1,000,001 to $5,000,000 $0.0008
    $5,000,001 to $10,000,000 $0.0006
    $10,000,001 to $50,000,000 $0.00004
    More Than $50,000,000.00 $0.0000006

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a North Carolina 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 for a free quote that fits your specific situation.

Did You Know?

North Carolina money transmitters may also transmit virtual currency.

Related Links:

North Carolina Money Transmitters Act
North Carolina Commissioner of Banks - Money Transmitter Licensing Information
NMLS - North Carolina Money Transmitter Licensing Information

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