A Main debt collector bond and formal licensing are now required of all collection agencies that fall within the state's statutory definition of "debt collector." Per the Department of Consumer Protection, "A person needs to be licensed as a debt collector if the purpose of his or her business is the collection of any debt(s) directly or indirectly owed or due or asserted to be owed or due another. Licensing is required if the debt collector is located in Maine or from outside of Maine attempts to collect debts incurred between a Maine resident and a business located in Maine. A license is also required if the debt collector engages in face-to-face solicitation of creditors in Maine as clients, or if the debt was originally incurred in Maine.
New regulations created the surety bond requirement. The Main debt collector bond amount is based on the annual volume of collections business that the agency handles. The formula for determining the bond amount is as follows. If:
The Maine debt collector bond form is the same for repossessors. The surety bond obligation is a guarantee that within thirty days after the close of each calendar month each debt collector will report and pay to its customer(s) the net proceeds due and payable on all collections made during that calendar month. In the case of a repossessor, will deliver all repossessed property to his or her client(s). Both licensees must "strictly, honestly and faithfully comply with all provisions of state law including Title 32, M.R.S.A., Sections 11001 to 11054" and those administrative rules promulgated by the Department.
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