License Minnesota

Collection Agency and Debt Collector

Collection agency means and includes any person engaged in the business of collection for others any account, bill or other indebtedness except as hereinafter provided. It includes persons who furnish collection systems carrying a name which simulates the name of a collection agency and who supply forms or form letters to be used by the creditor, even though such forms direct the debtor to make payments directly to the creditor rather than to such fictitious agency. Collector is a person acting under the authority of a collection agency and on its behalf in the business of collection for others an account, bill, or other indebtedness.

Agency contact information:

Commerce, Minnesota Department of
85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 539-1500
(651) 539-1547(fax)
Licensing Unit
(651) 539-1599 | (800) 657-3978 (MN only, outside Metro area)
(651) 539-0107 (fax)
Contact Info: licensing.commerce@state.mn.us

Website:

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Collections Licensing

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce is the chief regulator for the banking, energy, insurance, real estate, securities, telecommunications industries and also operates Minnesota's Unclaimed Property.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 332

Forms:

Collection Agency:

* Collection Agency Financial Statement form
* Officer list
* Electronic application at Pearson VUE PULSE portal


Debt Collector Registration:
 
Electronic application at Pearson VUE PULSE portal


Surety Bond Forms:

Collection Bond Form--Corp. or LLC

Collection Bond Form--Individual Proprietor

Collection Bond Form--Partnership

Collection Agency Financial Statement

Disclosure of Company Owners, Partners Officers


Requirements:

Collection Agency  

-Electronic Application
-Financial statement
-Surety bond (see Minn. Stat. § 332.34 to calculate amount) 
-Register with the MN Secretary of State - copy of certificate.
-Officer list
-Copy of articles from state of domicile


Debt Collector Registration 

Electronic Application

A collection agency/branch representative must go to the Pearson VUE PULSE portal website, log into the agency's user account, click on "Minnesota Department of Commerce" for the program and "Debt" for the board, and click on "Submit License Application" and "Begin an Individual License Application."

After submittal of an individual debt collector registration application, applicant should do an application status inquiry on Pearson VUE PULSE portal to see when the registration is issued.

The debt collector must be employed by a collection agency that holds a Minnesota license for the physical location where the debt collector conducts business.

See the Commerce Department information, Who Needs A Collections License and Debt Collector Exemption from Licensure.

Fee:

Collection Agency:

License - $1,000 ($500 of which is investigative fee).
Branch Office - $500
Renewal fee - $400
Reactivation fee (per lapsed license) - $500


Debt Collector:

Registration fee and Renewal- $10

The online system vendor also charges a $9.95 application fee and a credit card processing fee.


Period of Issuance:

One year.

Length of Determination Process:

45 days from receipt of complete application.

Other Pertinent Information:

See Minn. Stat. § 332.31-51.