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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 10. Finance and Financial Institutions
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 60. Consumer Finance Companies

10VAC5-60-40. Rules Governing Open-End Credit Business in Licensed Consumer Finance Offices.

A. The business of extending open-end credit shall be conducted by a separate legal entity, and not by the consumer finance licensee. The separate, open-end credit entity ("separate entity") shall comply with all applicable state and federal laws.

B. Separate books and records shall be maintained by the licensee and the separate entity, and the books and records of the licensee shall not be commingled with those of the separate entity, but shall be kept in a different location within the office. The Bureau of Financial Institutions shall be given access to the books and records of the separate entity, and shall be furnished such information as it may require in order to assure compliance with this section.

C. The expenses of the two entities will be accounted for separately and so reported to the Bureau of Financial Institutions as of the end of each calendar year.

D. Advertising or other information published by the licensee or the separate entity shall not contain any false, misleading or deceptive statement or representation concerning the rates, terms or conditions for loans or credit made or extended by either of them. The separate entity shall not make or cause to be made any misrepresentation as to its being a licensed lender, or as to the extent to which it is subject to supervision or regulation.

E. The licensee and the separate entity shall not make both a consumer finance loan and an extension of open-end credit to the same borrower or borrowers as part of the same transaction.

F. Except as authorized by the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, or by order of the State Corporation Commission, insurance, other than credit life insurance, credit accident and sickness insurance, credit involuntary unemployment insurance, and noncredit-related life insurance sold pursuant to 10VAC5-70-10 et seq. shall not be sold in licensed consumer finance offices in connection with any extension of open-end credit by the separate entity.

G. When the balance owed under an open-end credit agreement is paid, finance charges will be assessed only to the date of payment.

Statutory Authority

§ 6.2-1535 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR225-01-0604, eff. February 1, 1990; amended, Volume 11, Issue 25, eff. August 15, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 03, eff. September 30, 1996; Volume 14, Issue 14, eff. March 10, 1998.

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