Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan


9     Committee Note:
10          The Business and Labor Interim Committee recommended this bill.
11     General Description:
12          This bill modifies provisions related to persons subject to the jurisdiction of the
13     Department of Financial Institutions.
14     Highlighted Provisions:
15          This bill:
16          ▸     provides for fees payable to the commissioner by money transmitters;
17          ▸     defines "nationwide database" and requires certain persons under the jurisdiction of
18     the Department of Financial Institutions to register with the nationwide database;
19          ▸     grants rulemaking authority related to the transition of persons registering with the
20     nationwide database;
21          ▸     enacts the Money Transmitter Act, including:
22               •     defining terms;
23               •     granting rulemaking authority;
24               •     requiring licensure;
25               •     providing exemptions;
26               •     establishing license qualifications;
27               •     creating the licensure process;

28               •     requiring a surety bond;
29               •     providing for the renewal of a license;
30               •     requiring reporting of certain events;
31               •     addressing authorized agent contracts and conduct;
32               •     authorizing examinations;
33               •     addressing confidentiality of information;
34               •     authorizing termination or suspension of authorized agent activity;
35               •     addressing licensee liability;
36               •     imposing criminal and civil penalties; and
37               •     permitting consent and emergency orders; and
38          ▸     makes technical and conforming amendments.
39     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
40          None
41     Other Special Clauses:
42          None
43     Utah Code Sections Affected:
44     AMENDS:
45          7-1-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 345
46          7-22-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 73
47          7-22-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 182
48          7-24-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
49          7-24-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
50          70D-2-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 399
51          70D-2-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 97
52          70D-2-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 97
53     ENACTS:
54          7-25-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
55          7-25-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
56          7-25-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
57          7-25-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
58          7-25-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953

59          7-25-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
60          7-25-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
61          7-25-205, Utah Code Annotated 1953
62          7-25-206, Utah Code Annotated 1953
63          7-25-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
64          7-25-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
65          7-25-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
66          7-25-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
67          7-25-305, Utah Code Annotated 1953
68          7-25-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
69          7-25-402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
70          7-25-403, Utah Code Annotated 1953
71          7-25-404, Utah Code Annotated 1953
72          7-25-405, Utah Code Annotated 1953
73          7-25-406, Utah Code Annotated 1953
74          7-25-407, Utah Code Annotated 1953
75     REPEALS:
76          70D-2-202, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 72

78     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
79          Section 1. Section 7-1-401 is amended to read:
80          7-1-401. Fees payable to commissioner.
81          (1) Except for an out-of-state depository institution with a branch in Utah, a depository
82     institution under the jurisdiction of the department shall pay an annual fee:
83          (a) computed by averaging the total assets of the depository institution shown on each
84     quarterly report of condition for the depository institution for the calendar year immediately
85     proceeding the date on which the annual fee is due under Section 7-1-402; and
86          (b) at the following rates:
87          (i) on the first $5,000,000 of these assets, the greater of:
88          (A) 65 cents per $1,000; or
89          (B) $500;

90          (ii) on the next $10,000,000 of these assets, 35 cents per $1,000;
91          (iii) on the next $35,000,000 of these assets, 15 cents per $1,000;
92          (iv) on the next $50,000,000 of these assets, 12 cents per $1,000;
93          (v) on the next $200,000,000 of these assets, 10 cents per $1,000;
94          (vi) on the next $300,000,000 of these assets, 6 cents per $1,000; and
95          (vii) on all amounts over $600,000,000 of these assets, 2 cents per $1,000.
96          (2) A financial institution with a trust department shall pay a fee determined in
97     accordance with Subsection (7) for each examination of the trust department by a state
98     examiner.
99          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a credit union in its first year of operation shall
100     pay a basic fee of $25 instead of the fee required under Subsection (1).
101          (4) A trust company that is not a depository institution or a subsidiary of a depository
102     institution holding company shall pay:
103          (a) an annual fee of $500; and
104          (b) an additional fee determined in accordance with Subsection (7) for each
105     examination by a state examiner.
106          (5) Any person or institution under the jurisdiction of the department that does not pay
107     a fee under Subsections (1) through (4) shall pay:
108          (a) an annual fee of $200; and
109          (b) an additional fee determined in accordance with Subsection (7) for each
110     examination by a state examiner.
111          (6) A person filing an application or request under Section 7-1-503, 7-1-702, 7-1-703,
112     7-1-704, 7-1-713, 7-5-3, or 7-18a-202 shall pay:
113          (a) (i) a filing fee of $500 if on the day on which the application or request is filed the
114     person:
115          (A) is a person with authority to transact business as:
116          (I) a depository institution;
117          (II) a trust company; or
118          (III) any other person described in Section 7-1-501 as being subject to the jurisdiction
119     of the department; and
120          (B) has total assets in an amount less than $5,000,000; or

121          (ii) a filing fee of $2,500 for any person not described in Subsection (6)(a)(i); and
122          (b) all reasonable expenses incurred in processing the application.
123          (7) (a) Per diem assessments for an examination shall be calculated at the rate of $55
124     per hour:
125          (i) for each examiner; and
126          (ii) per hour worked.
127          (b) For an examination of a branch or office of a financial institution located outside of
128     this state, in addition to the per diem assessment under this Subsection (7), the institution shall
129     pay all reasonable travel, lodging, and other expenses incurred by each examiner while
130     conducting the examination.
131          (8) In addition to a fee under Subsection (5), a person registering under Section
132     7-23-201 or 7-24-201 shall pay an original registration fee of $300.
133          (9) In addition to a fee under Subsection (5), a person applying for licensure under
134     Chapter 25, Money Transmitter Act, shall pay an original license fee of $300.
135          Section 2. Section 7-22-101 is amended to read:
136          7-22-101. Definitions -- Exemptions.
137          (1) As used in this chapter:
138          (a) "Escrow" means an agreement, express or implied, that provides for one or more
139     parties to deliver or entrust money, a certificate of deposit, a security, a negotiable instrument, a
140     deed, or other property or asset to another person to be held, paid, or delivered in accordance
141     with terms and conditions prescribed in the agreement.
142          (b) "Escrow agent" means a person that provides or offers to provide escrow services
143     to the public.
144          (c) "Nationwide database" means the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and
145     Registry, authorized under 12 U.S.C. Sec. 5101 for federal licensing of mortgage loan
146     originators.
147          (2) This chapter does not apply to:
148          (a) a trust company authorized to engage in the trust business in Utah in accordance
149     with Chapter 5, Trust Business;
150          (b) a person other than an escrow agent regulated under this chapter that is exempted
151     from the definition of trust business in Subsection 7-5-1(1);

152          (c) a depository institution chartered by a state or the federal government that is
153     engaged in business as a depository institution in Utah;
154          (d) the State Board of Regents, the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, or the
155     State Treasurer; and
156          (e) a person licensed under Title 31A, Insurance Code.
157          Section 3. Section 7-22-103 is amended to read:
158          7-22-103. Registration -- Fees -- Qualifications.
159          (1) (a) [Each] An escrow agent shall register with the department annually on or before
160     [July 15] December 31 of each year and pay a registration fee of $100.
161          (b) Registration of an escrow agent in accordance with this section includes all
162     directors, officers, employees, and representatives of the escrow agent while acting in the
163     course of [its] the escrow agent's business.
164          (2) [Each] To register under this chapter an escrow agent shall provide the department:
165          (a) evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person is registered with the
166     nationwide database;
167          (b) a financial statement; and
168          (c) any other information requested by the department [when submitting each annual
169     application for registration].
170          (3) The commissioner may by rule, made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
171     Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, provide for the transition of persons registering with the
172     nationwide database.
173          Section 4. Section 7-24-102 is amended to read:
174          7-24-102. Definitions.
175          As used in this chapter:
176          (1) "Nationwide database" means the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and
177     Registry, authorized under 12 U.S.C. Sec. 5101 for federal licensing of mortgage loan
178     originators.
179          [(1)] (2) "Rollover" means the extension or renewal of the term of a title loan.
180          [(2)] (3) (a) "Title lender" means a person that extends a title loan.
181          (b) "Title lender" includes a person that:
182          (i) arranges a title loan on behalf of a title lender;

183          (ii) acts as an agent for a title lender; or
184          (iii) assists a title lender in the extension of a title loan.
185          [(3)] (4) (a) "Title loan" means a loan secured by the title to a:
186          (i) motor vehicle, as defined in Section 41-6a-102;
187          (ii) mobile home, as defined in Section 41-6a-102; or
188          (iii) motorboat, as defined in Section 73-18-2.
189          (b) "Title loan" includes a title loan extended at the same premise on which any of the
190     following are sold:
191          (i) a motor vehicle, as defined in Section 41-6a-102;
192          (ii) a mobile home, as defined in Section 41-6a-102; or
193          (iii) a motorboat, as defined in Section 73-18-2.
194          (c) "Title loan" does not include:
195          (i) a purchase money loan;
196          (ii) a loan made in connection with the sale of a:
197          (A) motor vehicle, as defined in Section 41-6a-102;
198          (B) mobile home, as defined in Section 41-6a-102; or
199          (C) motorboat, as defined in Section 73-18-2; or
200          (iii) a loan extended by an institution listed in Section 7-24-305.
201          Section 5. Section 7-24-201 is amended to read:
202          7-24-201. Registration -- Rulemaking.
203          (1) (a) It is unlawful for a person to extend a title loan in Utah or with a Utah resident
204     unless the person:
205          (i) registers with the department in accordance with this chapter; and
206          (ii) maintains a valid registration.
207          (b) It is unlawful for a person to operate a mobile facility in this state to extend a title
208     loan.
209          (2) (a) A registration and a renewal of a registration expires on [April 30] December 31
210     of each year unless on or before that date the person renews the registration.
211          (b) To register under this section, a person shall:
212          (i) pay an original registration fee established under Subsection 7-1-401(8); and
213          (ii) submit a registration statement containing the information described in Subsection

214     (2)(d).
215          (c) To renew a registration under this section, a person shall:
216          (i) pay the annual fee established under Subsection 7-1-401(5); and
217          (ii) submit a renewal statement containing the information described in Subsection
218     (2)(d).
219          (d) A registration or renewal statement shall state:
220          (i) the name of the person;
221          (ii) the name in which the business will be transacted if different from that required in
222     Subsection (2)(d)(i);
223          (iii) the address of the person's principal business office, which may be outside this
224     state;
225          (iv) the addresses of all offices in this state at which the person extends title loans;
226          (v) if the person extends title loans in this state but does not maintain an office in this
227     state, a brief description of the manner in which the business is conducted;
228          (vi) the name and address in this state of a designated agent upon whom service of
229     process may be made;
230          (vii) disclosure of any injunction, judgment, administrative order, or conviction of any
231     crime involving moral turpitude with respect to that person or any officer, director, manager,
232     operator, or principal of that person; [and]
233          (viii) evidence satisfactory to the department that the person is registered with the
234     nationwide database; and
235          [(viii)] (ix) any other information required by the rules of the department.
236          (e) (i) The commissioner may impose an administrative fine determined under
237     Subsection (2)(e)(ii) on a person if:
238          (A) the person is required to be registered under this chapter;
239          (B) the person fails to register or renew a registration in accordance with this chapter;
240          (C) the department notifies the person that the person is in violation of this chapter for
241     failure to be registered; and
242          (D) the person fails to register within 30 days after the day on which the person
243     receives the notice described in Subsection (2)(e)(i)(C).
244          (ii) Subject to Subsection (2)(e)(iii), the administrative fine imposed under this

245     Subsection (2)(e) is:
246          (A) $500 if the person:
247          (I) has no office in this state at which the person extends a title loan; or
248          (II) has one office in this state at which the person extends a title loan; or
249          (B) if the person has two or more offices in this state at which the person extends a title
250     loan, $500 for each office at which the person extends a title loan.
251          (iii) The commissioner may reduce or waive a fine imposed under this Subsection
252     (2)(e) if the person shows good cause.
253          (3) If the information in a registration or renewal statement required under Subsection
254     (2) becomes inaccurate after filing, a person is not required to notify the department until:
255          (a) that person is required to renew the registration; or
256          (b) the department specifically requests earlier notification.
257          (4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
258     department may make rules consistent with this section:
259          (a) providing for the form, content, and filing of a registration and renewal
260     statement[.]; and
261          (b) providing for the transition of persons registering with the nationwide database.
262          Section 6. Section 7-25-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

265          7-25-101. Title.
266          This chapter is known as the "Money Transmitter Act."
267          Section 7. Section 7-25-102 is enacted to read:
268          7-25-102. Definitions.
269          As used in this chapter:
270          (1) "Applicant" means a person filing an application for a license under this chapter.
271          (2) "Authorized agent" means a person designated by the licensee under this chapter to
272     sell or issue payment instruments or engage in the business of transmitting money on behalf of
273     a licensee.
274          (3) "Executive officer" means the licensee's president, chair of the executive
275     committee, executive vice president, treasurer, chief financial officer, or any other person who

276     performs similar functions.
277          (4) "Key shareholder" means a person, or group of persons acting in concert, who is the
278     owner of 20% or more of a class of an applicant's stock.
279          (5) "Licensee" means a person licensed under this chapter.
280          (6) "Material litigation" means litigation that, according to generally accepted
281     accounting principles, is considered significant to a person's financial health and would be
282     required to be referenced in an annual audited financial statement, report to shareholders, or
283     similar document.
284          (7) "Money transmission" means the sale or issuance of a payment instrument or
285     engaging in the business of receiving money for transmission or transmitting money within the
286     United States or to locations abroad by any and all means, including payment instrument, wire,
287     facsimile, or electronic transfer.
288          (8) "Nationwide database" means the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and
289     Registry, authorized under 12 U.S.C. Sec. 5101 for federal licensing of mortgage loan
290     originators.
291          (9) "Outstanding payment instrument" means a payment instrument issued by the
292     licensee that has been sold in the United States directly by the licensee or a payment instrument
293     issued by the licensee that has been sold and reported to the licensee as having been sold by an
294     authorized agent of the licensee in the United States, and that has not yet been paid by or for
295     the licensee.
296          (10) (a) "Payment instrument" means a check, draft, money order, travelers check, or
297     other instrument or written order for the transmission or payment of money, sold or issued to
298     one or more persons, whether or not the instrument is negotiable.
299          (b) "Payment instrument" does not include a credit card voucher, letter of credit, or
300     instrument that is redeemable by the issuer in goods or services.
301          (11) "Remit" means either to make direct payment of the money to the licensee or its
302     representatives authorized to receive the money, or to deposit the money in a depository
303     institution in an account in the name of the licensee.
304          Section 8. Section 7-25-103 is enacted to read:
305          7-25-103. Rules.
306          The commissioner may make a rule authorized by this chapter in accordance with Title

307     63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Procedures Act, including to:
308          (1) restrict or prohibit practices that are misleading, unfair, or abusive;
309          (2) promote or assure fair and full disclosure of the terms and conditions of agreements
310     and communications between a customer and a money transmitter; and
311          (3) promote or assure uniform application of or to resolve ambiguities in applicable
312     state or federal laws or federal regulations.
313          Section 9. Section 7-25-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Licensing

315          7-25-201. Licensing required.
316          (1) Unless exempt under Section 7-25-202, a person may not engage in the business of
317     money transmission without a license.
318          (2) A licensee may conduct its business in this state at one or more locations, directly
319     or indirectly owned, or through one or more authorized agents, or both, pursuant to the single
320     license granted to the licensee.
321          Section 10. Section 7-25-202 is enacted to read:
322          7-25-202. Exemptions.
323          This chapter does not apply to:
324          (1) the United States or a department or agency of the United States;
325          (2) the state or a political subdivision of the state; or
326          (3) a depository institution or a trust company organized under the laws of a state or the
327     United States.
328          Section 11. Section 7-25-203 is enacted to read:
329          7-25-203. License qualifications.
330          (1) An applicant for a license shall:
331          (a) demonstrate, and a licensee shall maintain, a net worth of not less than $1,000,000
332     as demonstrated by a financial statement for the most recent fiscal year that is prepared and
333     certified by an independent auditor and is satisfactory to the commissioner; and
334          (b) demonstrate experience, character, and general fitness to command the confidence
335     of the public and warrant the belief that the business to be operated will be operated lawfully
336     and fairly.
337          (2) A corporate applicant, at the time of filing of an application for a license under this

338     chapter and at all times after a license is issued, shall be in good standing in the state of its
339     incorporation. A noncorporate applicant shall, at the time of the filing of an application for a
340     license under this chapter and at all times after a license is issued, be qualified to do business in
341     the state.
342          (3) Subject to the commissioner's discretion, a person may not be licensed under this
343     chapter to do business in the state:
344          (a) if the person has been convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest to, a felony:
345          (i) during the seven years preceding the day on which the individual files an
346     application; or
347          (ii) at any time, if the felony involves an act of:
348          (A) fraud;
349          (B) dishonesty;
350          (C) breach of trust; or
351          (D) money laundering; or
352          (b) if an executive officer, key shareholder, or director of the person has been
353     convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest to, a felony:
354          (i) during the seven years preceding the day on which the individual files an
355     application; or
356          (ii) at any time, if the felony involves an act of:
357          (A) fraud;
358          (B) dishonesty;
359          (C) breach of trust; or
360          (D) money laundering.
361          (4) The applicant shall submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the
362     person is registered with the nationwide database.
363          (5) The commissioner may by rule, made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
364     Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, provide for the transition of persons being licensed
365     under this chapter.
366          Section 12. Section 7-25-204 is enacted to read:
367          7-25-204. License application -- Bond.
368          (1) To apply for a license under this chapter, a person shall:

369          (a) submit an application in writing;
370          (b) pay the original license fee required by Section 7-1-401; and
371          (c) submit a surety bond in accordance with Subsection (3).
372          (2) An application shall contain:
373          (a) the exact name of the applicant, the applicant's principal address, any fictitious or
374     trade name used by the applicant in the conduct of its business, and the location of the
375     applicant's business records;
376          (b) the history of the applicant's material litigation and criminal convictions for the
377     seven-year period before the date the application is submitted;
378          (c) a description of the activities conducted by the applicant and a history of
379     operations;
380          (d) a description of the business activities in which the applicant seeks to be engaged in
381     the state;
382          (e) a list identifying the applicant's authorized agents in the state, if any, at the time of
383     the filing of the license application;
384          (f) a sample authorized agent contract, if applicable;
385          (g) a sample form of payment instrument, if applicable;
386          (h) the one or more locations at which the applicant and its authorized agents, if any,
387     propose to conduct the licensed activities in the state; and
388          (i) other information the commissioner requires by rule made in accordance with Title
389     63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
390          (3) (a) An applicant shall submit with an application filed under this chapter a surety
391     bond satisfactory to the commissioner in the minimum sum of $50,000 to reimburse the state
392     for expenses of any kind or nature that the department may incur in connection with an
393     administrative or judicial proceeding against a licensee, former licensee, or seller relating to the
394     issuance or sale of a payment instrument in the state.
395          (b) A licensee shall maintain a surety bond meeting the requirements of Subsection
396     (3)(a) for three years after the licensee ceases money transmission operations in the state.
397     Except that the commissioner may permit the surety bond to be reduced or eliminated before
398     the end of the three-year period to the extent that the amount of the licensee's payment
399     instruments outstanding in this state are reduced.

400          (c) A surety bond shall remain in effect until cancellation, which may occur only after
401     30 days' written notice to the commissioner. Cancellation may not affect liability incurred or
402     accrued during that period.
403          Section 13. Section 7-25-205 is enacted to read:
404          7-25-205. Issuance of license.
405          (1) Upon the filing of a complete application, the commissioner shall investigate the
406     financial condition and responsibility, financial and business experience, character, and general
407     fitness of the applicant. The commissioner may conduct an on-site investigation of the
408     applicant, the reasonable cost of which is to be borne by the applicant in accordance with
409     Subsection 7-1-401(7).
410          (2) The commissioner shall issue a license to the applicant authorizing the applicant to
411     engage in the licensed activities in this state if the commissioner finds that:
412          (a) the applicant's business will be conducted honestly, fairly, and in a manner
413     commanding the confidence and trust of the community;
414          (b) the applicant has fulfilled the requirements imposed by this chapter; and
415          (c) the applicant has paid the required original license fee under Section 7-1-401.
416          Section 14. Section 7-25-206 is enacted to read:
417          7-25-206. Renewal of license.
418          (1) A license issued or renewed pursuant to this chapter expires on December 31. A
419     licensee may renew the license through the nationwide database for the ensuing 12-month
420     period upon application by the license holder showing continued compliance with the
421     requirements of Sections 7-25-201, 7-25-203, and 7-25-204, and the payment of the license
422     renewal fee required by Section 7-1-401 to the commissioner.
423          (2) The licensee shall include in its renewal application:
424          (a) a copy of the licensee's most recent audited unconsolidated annual financial
425     statement, including balance sheet, statement of income or loss, statement of changes in
426     shareholder's equity, and statement of changes in financial position, except that a licensee may
427     provide the most recent audited consolidated annual financial statement of the parent
428     corporation if the statement separately includes the balance sheet, statement of income or loss,
429     statement of changes in shareholder's equity, and statement of changes of financial position of
430     the licensee;

431          (b) material changes to the information submitted by the licensee on its original
432     application that have not previously been reported to the commissioner on any other report
433     required to be filed under this chapter;
434          (c) a list of the locations within this state at which business regulated by this chapter is
435     conducted by either the licensee or its authorized agent;
436          (d) notification of material litigation or litigation relating to money transmission; and
437          (e) other information the commissioner requires by rule made in accordance with Title
438     63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
439          (3) Failure to pay the renewal fee or to submit a completed renewal application
440     between November 1 and December 31 shall cause the license to expire at the close of business
441     on December 31.
442          Section 15. Section 7-25-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Operational Requirements

444          7-25-301. Reporting requirements.
445          (1) Within 15 days of the occurrence of an event listed in this Subsection (1), a licensee
446     shall file a written report with the commissioner describing the event and its expected impact
447     on the licensee's activities in the state:
448          (a) the filing for bankruptcy or reorganization by the licensee;
449          (b) the institution of revocation or suspension proceedings against the licensee by a
450     state or governmental authority with regard to the licensee's money transmission activities;
451          (c) a felony indictment of the licensee or any of its officers, directors, or principals
452     related to money transmission activities;
453          (d) a felony conviction of the licensee or any of its officers, directors, or principals
454     related to money transmission activities; and
455          (e) any other event that the commissioner may determine by rule made in accordance
456     with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
457          (2) An authorized agent shall report to the licensee the theft or loss of payment
458     instruments valued at $5,000 or more within 24 hours from the time the authorized agent knew
459     or should have known of the theft or loss. Upon the receipt of the report, the licensee shall
460     immediately provide the information to the commissioner.
461          Section 16. Section 7-25-302 is enacted to read:

462          7-25-302. Changes in control of a licensee.
463          (1) A change in control of a licensee shall require prior notice to the commissioner. In
464     the case of a publicly traded corporation, notification shall be made in writing within 15 days
465     of a change or acquisition of control of a licensee. Upon notification, the commissioner may
466     require information considered necessary to determine whether an application for a license is
467     required. The commissioner may waive the filing of an application if, in the commissioner's
468     discretion, the change in control does not pose a risk to the interests of the public.
469          (2) Whenever control of a licensee is acquired or exercised in violation of this section,
470     the license of the licensee shall be considered revoked as of the date of the unlawful acquisition
471     of control. The licensee, or its controlling person, shall surrender the license to the
472     commissioner on demand.
473          Section 17. Section 7-25-303 is enacted to read:
474          7-25-303. Authorized agent contracts.
475          A licensee desiring to conduct licensed activities through authorized agents shall
476     authorize each authorized agent to operate pursuant to an express written contract, which shall,
477     at a minimum, provide the following:
478          (1) that the licensee appoints the person as its agent with authority to sell payment
479     instruments or transmit money on behalf of the licensee in compliance with state and federal
480     law;
481          (2) that neither a licensee nor an authorized agent may authorize a subagent without the
482     written consent of the commissioner;
483          (3) that licensees are subject to supervision and regulation by the commissioner;
484          (4) an acknowledgment that the authorized agent consents to the commissioner's
485     inspection, with or without prior notice to the licensee or authorized agent, of the records of the
486     authorized agent or agents of the licensee; and
487          (5) that an authorized agent is under a duty to act only as authorized under the contract
488     with the licensee and that an authorized agent who exceeds its authority is subject to
489     cancellation of its contract by the licensee and disciplinary action by the commissioner.
490          Section 18. Section 7-25-304 is enacted to read:
491          7-25-304. Authorized agent conduct.
492          (1) An authorized agent may not make a fraudulent or false statement or

493     misrepresentation to a licensee or to the commissioner.
494          (2) A money transmission, sale, or issuance of payment instrument activity conducted
495     by an authorized agent shall be strictly in accordance with the licensee's written procedures
496     provided to the authorized agent.
497          (3) An authorized agent shall remit the money owing to the licensee in accordance with
498     the terms of the contract between the licensee and the authorized agent. The failure of an
499     authorized agent to remit money owing to a licensee within the contractual time period shall
500     result in liability of the authorized agent to the licensee for three times the licensee's actual
501     damages. The commissioner shall have the discretion to set, by rule made in accordance with
502     Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the maximum remittance time.
503          (4) The money, less fees, received by an authorized agent of a licensee from the sale or
504     delivery of a payment instrument issued by a licensee or received by an authorized agent for
505     transmission shall, from the time the money is received by the authorized agent until the time
506     when the money or an equivalent amount is remitted by the authorized agent to the licensee,
507     constitute trust funds owned by and belonging to the licensee. If an authorized agent
508     commingles the money with any other money or property owned or controlled by the
509     authorized agent, the commingled proceeds and other property shall be impressed with a trust
510     in favor of the licensee in an amount equal to the amount of the proceeds due the licensee.
511          Section 19. Section 7-25-305 is enacted to read:
512          7-25-305. Instrument to bear name of licensee.
513          A payment instrument issued by a licensee for sale in Utah, or which is sold in Utah,
514     shall state on its face the name of the licensee issuer.
515          Section 20. Section 7-25-401 is enacted to read:
Part 4. Enforcement

517          7-25-401. Examinations.
518          (1) (a) The commissioner may conduct periodic on-site examinations of a licensee.
519     The commissioner may examine a licensee's authorized or apparent agents. At the
520     commissioner's discretion, written notice of the examination may be provided to the licensee or
521     an authorized or apparent agent.
522          (b) In conducting an examination, the commissioner or the commissioner's staff:
523          (i) shall have full and free access to all the records of the licensee and its authorized or

524     apparent agents; and
525          (ii) may summon and qualify as witnesses, under oath, and examine the directors,
526     officers, members, agents, and employees of a licensee or authorized or apparent agent, and any
527     other person concerning the condition and affairs of the licensee.
528          (c) In accordance with Section 7-1-401, the licensee shall pay the reasonable costs of
529     an examination under this section.
530          (d) An on-site examination may be conducted in conjunction with examinations to be
531     performed by representatives of agencies of another state or states.
532          (e) The commissioner, in lieu of an on-site examination, may accept the examination
533     report of an agency of another state, or a report prepared by an independent accounting firm,
534     and a report so accepted is considered for all purposes as an official report of the
535     commissioner.
536          (2) Upon reasonable cause, the commissioner may conduct an on-site examination of
537     an unlicensed person to determine whether violations of this chapter have occurred or are
538     occurring. In conducting the examination, the commissioner has the applicable powers
539     provided pursuant to Section 7-25-204.
540          Section 21. Section 7-25-402 is enacted to read:
541          7-25-402. Confidentiality of information.
542          (1) Information obtained by the commissioner under this chapter is confidential in
543     accordance with Section 7-1-802.
544          (2) Subsection (1) does not prohibit the commissioner from releasing to the public a
545     list of persons licensed under this chapter or from releasing aggregated financial data on the
546     licensees.
547          Section 22. Section 7-25-403 is enacted to read:
548          7-25-403. Termination or suspension of authorized agent activity.
549          (1) (a) The commissioner may issue an order suspending or barring an authorized agent
550     from continuing to be or becoming an authorized agent of a licensee during the period for
551     which the order is in effect, if subject to Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act,
552     the commissioner finds that an authorized agent of a licensee or a director, officer, employee,
553     or controlling person of the authorized agent has:
554          (i) violated this chapter or a rule or order issued under this chapter;

555          (ii) engaged or participated in an unsafe or unsound act with respect to the business of
556     selling or issuing payment instruments of the licensee or the business of money transmission;
557     or
558          (iii) made or caused to be made in an application or report filed with the commissioner
559     or a proceeding before the commissioner, a statement that was at the time and in the
560     circumstances under which it was made, false or misleading with respect to a material fact, or
561     has omitted to state in the application or report a material fact that is required to be stated in the
562     application or report.
563          (b) Upon issuance of the order, the licensee shall terminate its relationship with the
564     authorized agent according to the terms of the order.
565          (2) An authorized agent to whom an order is issued under this section may apply to the
566     commissioner to modify or rescind the order. The commissioner may not grant the application
567     unless the commissioner finds that it is in the public interest to do so and that it is reasonable to
568     believe that the person will, if and when the person is permitted to resume being an authorized
569     agent of a licensee, comply with all applicable provisions of this chapter and a rule or order
570     issued under this title.
571          Section 23. Section 7-25-404 is enacted to read:
572          7-25-404. Licensee liability.
573          A licensee's responsibility to a person who purchases a payment instrument or money
574     transmission transaction from a licensee or a licensee's authorized agent is limited to the face
575     amount of the payment instrument or money transmission transaction purchased.
576          Section 24. Section 7-25-405 is enacted to read:
577          7-25-405. Criminal and civil penalties.
578          (1) A person who violates this chapter or who files materially false information with a
579     license application or renewal under this chapter is:
580          (a) guilty of a class B misdemeanor; and
581          (b) subject to revocation of the person's license under this chapter.
582          (2) Subject to Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, if the
583     commissioner determines that a person is engaging in the business of money transmission in
584     violation of this chapter, the commissioner may:
585          (a) suspend, revoke, or not renew that person's license under this chapter;

586          (b) issue a cease and desist order from committing any further violation;
587          (c) prohibit the person from continuing to engage in the business of money
588     transmission;
589          (d) impose an administrative fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation, except that the
590     aggregate total of fines imposed under this chapter against a person in a calendar year may not
591     exceed $30,000 for that calendar year; or
592          (e) take any combination of actions listed under this Subsection (2).
593          (3) If the commissioner revokes a license, the department is not required to refund any
594     portion of the licensee's filing or renewal fee for the remainder of the period for which the fee
595     is paid.
596          Section 25. Section 7-25-406 is enacted to read:
597          7-25-406. Consent orders -- Emergency order.
598          (1) The commissioner may enter into consent orders at any time with any person to
599     resolve any matter arising under this chapter. A consent order must be signed by the person to
600     whom it is issued or a duly authorized representative, and must indicate agreement to the terms
601     contained in the consent order. A consent order need not constitute an admission by any
602     person that any provision of this chapter, or any rule or order made or issued under this chapter,
603     has been violated, nor need it constitute a finding by the commissioner that the person has
604     violated any provision of this chapter or any rule or order made or issued under this chapter.
605          (2) Notwithstanding the issuance of a consent order, the commissioner may seek civil
606     or criminal penalties or compromise civil penalties concerning matters encompassed by the
607     consent order.
608          (3) In cases involving extraordinary circumstances requiring immediate action, the
609     commissioner may take any enforcement action authorized by this chapter without providing
610     the opportunity for a prior hearing, but shall promptly afford a subsequent hearing upon an
611     application to rescind the action taken, which is filed with the commissioner within 20 days of
612     the receipt of the notice of the commissioner's emergency action.
613          Section 26. Section 7-25-407 is enacted to read:
614          7-25-407. Required deposits.
615          If the commissioner finds any reasonable cause to believe that a licensee is in an unsafe
616     or unsound condition or is unwilling or unable to pay its payment instruments when they come

617     due, it may require the licensee to deposit funds in a financial institution acceptable to the
618     commissioner in such amounts, for such period, and upon such conditions as the commissioner
619     may specify, and may prohibit the licensee from issuing payment instruments for sale in Utah
620     in an aggregate unpaid amount exceeding the amount of any such required deposit or the
621     amount actually deposited pursuant to such a requirement, whichever is less.
622          Section 27. Section 70D-2-102 is amended to read:
623          70D-2-102. Definitions.
624          As used in this chapter:
625          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), "broker" means a person who in the
626     regular course of business assists a person in obtaining a mortgage loan for a fee or other
627     consideration paid directly or indirectly.
628          (b) "Broker" does not include a person solely because of the person's:
629          (i) real estate brokerage activities; or
630          (ii) activities as an attorney licensed to practice law in this state who, in the course of
631     the attorney's practice as an attorney, assists a person in obtaining a mortgage loan.
632          (2) "Business as a lender, broker, or servicer" means a person who engages in an act for
633     compensation or in the expectation of compensation that makes the person a lender, broker, or
634     servicer.
635          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), "lender" means a person who in the
636     regular course of business originates a loan secured by a mortgage.
637          (b) "Lender" does not include a person who:
638          (i) as a seller only receives one or more mortgages as security for a purchase money
639     obligation; or
640          (ii) only receives a mortgage as security for an obligation:
641          (A) payable on an installment or deferred payment basis; and
642          (B) arising out of materials furnished or services rendered in the improvement of real
643     property.
644          (4) "Manufactured home" means a transportable factory built housing unit that:
645          (a) is constructed:
646          (i) on or after June 15, 1976, according to the National Manufactured Housing
647     Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974; and

648          (ii) in one or more sections, which:
649          (A) in the traveling mode, is eight body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more
650     in length; or
651          (B) when erected on site, is 400 or more square feet;
652          (b) is built on a permanent chassis;
653          (c) is designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when
654     connected to the required utilities; and
655          (d) includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems.
656          (5) "Mobile home" means a transportable factory built housing unit built before June
657     15, 1976, in accordance with a state mobile home code that existed before the National
658     Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.
659          (6) "Modular home" means a modular unit as defined in Section 15A-1-302.
660          (7) "Nationwide database" means the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and
661     Registry, authorized under 12 U.S.C. Sec. 5101 for federal licensing of mortgage loan
662     originators.
663          [(7)] (8) "Permanently affixed" means anchored to, and supported by, a permanent
664     foundation or installed in accordance with the manufactured housing installation standard code
665     referred to in Section 15A-1-202.
666          [(8)] (9) "Servicer" means a person who in the regular course of business assumes
667     responsibility for servicing and accepting payments for a mortgage loan.
668          Section 28. Section 70D-2-201 is amended to read:
669          70D-2-201. Registration -- Exemptions.
670          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2), a person may not engage in business as a
671     lender, broker, or servicer in this state before the day on which the person:
672          [(a) files written notification with the commissioner in accordance with Section
673     70D-2-202; and]
674          (i) provides evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person is registered with
675     the nationwide database; and
676          [(b)] (ii) pays a fee required by Section 70D-2-203.
677          (b) The commissioner may by rule, made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
678     Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, provide for the transition of persons registering with the

679     nationwide database.
680          (2) The following persons are exempt from this part, except for a reimbursement or fee
681     described in Subsection 70D-2-203(2):
682          (a) a federally insured depository institution;
683          (b) a wholly owned subsidiary of a depository institution described in Subsection
684     (2)(a); and
685          (c) a person who:
686          (i) is required to be licensed with the Division of Real Estate pursuant to Title 61,
687     Chapter 2c, Utah Residential Mortgage Practices and Licensing Act; and
688          (ii) is not a servicer.
689          Section 29. Section 70D-2-203 is amended to read:
690          70D-2-203. Fees -- Examination.
691          (1) (a) A person required to [file notification] register under this part shall pay to the
692     commissioner:
693          (i) a fee of $200 with the person's initial [notification] registration; and
694          (ii) an annual fee, on or before [January] December 31 of each year, in an amount to be
695     set by rule of the commissioner subject to Subsection (1)(b).
696          (b) The commissioner:
697          (i) subject to Subsection (1)(b)(ii), shall set the annual renewal fee at an amount that
698     generates sufficient revenue to cover the department's costs of administering this chapter; and
699          (ii) may not set an annual renewal fee that exceeds $100 per renewal.
700          (2) (a) The commissioner may require a lender, broker, or servicer to make a record of
701     the lender, broker, or servicer relating to its activities as a lender, broker, or servicer available
702     to the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized representative for examination.
703          (b) A lender, broker, or servicer described in Subsection (2)(a) shall:
704          (i) reimburse the department for travel and other reasonable and necessary costs
705     incurred in the examination described in Subsection (2)(a); and
706          (ii) pay to the commissioner a fee set by the commissioner based on an hourly rate per
707     each examiner, not to exceed $55 per hour for each examiner.
708          (3) No portion of a fee paid or owed to the commissioner under this section is
709     refundable because a person voluntarily or involuntarily ceases to do business as a lender,

710     broker, or servicer:
711          (a) during the period covered by the fee; or
712          (b) before the time of an examination by the commissioner of a record pertaining to a
713     transaction preceding the day on which the person ceases to do business as a lender, broker, or
714     servicer.
715          Section 30. Repealer.
716          This bill repeals:
717          Section 70D-2-202, Form of notice.

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