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Title: Debt Management Services Provider Company License / Branch License
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Description: Debt Management Services Providers help aid over-extended consumers with financial planning by developing a budget and receiving funds from the consumer to repay creditors under a specific plan. See Minn. Stat. 332A Minnesota Department of Commerce
Subject: Debt Management
Creation Date: 9/12/2008 4:31:29 PM
Modification Date: 7/16/2019 12:20:09 PM
Agency Name: Commerce, Minnesota Department of
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Agency Description: 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.
Agency Phone: 651-539-1600
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Agency Address:
85 7th Place East, Suite 500

St. Paul
Division Name: Financial Institutions Division
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Debt Management Services Providers help aid over-extended consumers with financial planning by developing a budget and receiving funds from the consumer to repay creditors under a specific plan. See Minn. Stat. Chapter 332A

You are a debt management services provider and need to be registered (whether or not you are located in Minnesota) if you provide any one or more of the following services in connection with debt incurred primarily for personal, family, or household services:

  • Managing the financial affairs of an individual by distributing income or money to the individual's creditors; 
  • Receiving funds for the purpose of distributing the funds among creditors in payment or partial payment of obligations of a debtor; or 
  • Adjusting, prorating, pooling, or liquidating the indebtedness of a debtor.

Any person so engaged or holding out as so engaged is deemed to be engaged in the provision of debt management services regardless of whether or not a fee is charged for such services.

Commerce registers these companies and provides regulatory oversight to ensure fair business practices.


Debt Services 

Debt Management

Requirements Checklist

Debt Management Services Provider Branch License
Requirements Checklist


  1. Complete the Debt Management Services Provider Registration Form (.pdf)
  2. $1,000 registration fee. The fee is nonrefundable.
  3. A filed Certificate of Authority from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to transact business
  4. A filed Certificate of Assumed Name from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State if the DBA Name is different from full legal name of individual or business entity or does not include the full name of each partner.
  5. If a Partnership, a partnership agreement signed by all partners. 
  6. Provide a biographical statement and complete list of owners, partners, officers, directors, stockholders (owning 10 percent or more of corporate stock or membership interest), or any employee with authority to exercise management or policy control over the company.
  7. Board of Director resolutions
  8. The name and address of the registered agent authorized to accept service of process on behalf of the debt management services provider.
  9. Provide a copy of standard debt management services provider agreements.
  10. Original corporate Surety Bond (.pdf) for an amount not less than $5,000 but at least equal to the largest amount which may or has accrued in the Trust Account during the year.
  11. Proof of accreditation as an accredited credit counseling provider.
  12. Provide evidence of current workers' compensation insurance.
  13. A physical presence in Minnesota is not required.

Statutes: 332A


Debt Management Services Provider Registration Form (.pdf)

Forms are available at Debt Management


Registration fee - $1,000 

Renewal fee - $250 

Period of Issuance:

Annual, January 1 to December 31

Length of Determination: 30 to 60 days
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