2007 Florida Statutes
Requirements for deferred presentment transactions.
560.404 Requirements for deferred presentment transactions.--
(1) Every deferred presentment transaction shall be documented in a written agreement signed by both the deferred presentment provider and the drawer.
(2) The deferred presentment transaction agreement shall be executed on the day the deferred presentment provider furnishes currency or a payment instrument to the drawer.
(3) Each written agreement shall contain the following information, in addition to any information the commission requires by rule:
(a) The name or trade name, address, and telephone number of the deferred presentment provider and the name and title of the person who signs the agreement on behalf of the deferred presentment provider.
(b) The date the deferred presentment transaction was made.
(c) The amount of the drawer's check.
(d) The length of deferral period.
(e) The last day of the deferment period.
(f) The address and telephone number of the office and the Division of Consumer Services of the Department of Financial Services.
(g) A clear description of the drawer's payment obligations under the deferred presentment transaction.
(h) The transaction number assigned by the office's database.
(4) Every deferred presentment provider shall furnish to the drawer a copy of the deferred presentment transaction agreement.
(5) The face amount of a check taken for deferred presentment may not exceed $500 exclusive of the fees allowed by this part.
(6) No deferred presentment provider or its affiliate shall charge fees in excess of 10 percent of the currency or payment instrument provided. However, a verification fee may be charged in accordance with s. 560.309(4) and the rules adopted pursuant to the code. The 10-percent fee may not be applied to the verification fee. A deferred presentment provider may charge only those fees specifically authorized in this section.
(7) The fees authorized by this section may not be collected before the drawer's check is presented or redeemed.
(8) No deferred presentment agreement shall be for a term in excess of 31 days or less than 7 days.
(9) No deferred presentment provider shall require a person to provide any additional security for the deferred presentment transaction or any extension or require a person to provide any additional guaranty from another person.
(10) A deferred presentment provider shall not include any of the following provisions in any written agreement:
(a) A hold harmless clause;
(b) A confession of judgment clause;
(c) Any assignment of or order for payment of wages or other compensation for services;
(d) A provision in which the drawer agrees not to assert any claim or defense arising out of the agreement; or
(e) A waiver of any provision of this part.
(11) Each deferred presentment provider shall immediately provide the drawer with the full amount of any check to be held, less only the fees permitted under this section.
(12) The deferred presentment agreement and drawer's check shall bear the same date, and the number of days of the deferment period shall be calculated from this date. No deferred presentment provider or person may alter or delete the date on any written agreement or check held by the deferred presentment provider.
(13) For each deferred presentment transaction, the deferred presentment provider must comply with the disclosure requirements of 12 C.F.R., part 226, the federal Truth-in-Lending Act, and Regulation Z of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board. A copy of the disclosure must be provided to the drawer at the time the deferred presentment transaction is initiated.
(14) No deferred presentment provider or its affiliate may accept or hold an undated check or a check dated on a date other than the date on which the deferred presentment provider agreed to hold the check and signed the deferred presentment transaction agreement.
(15) Every deferred presentment provider shall hold the drawer's check for the agreed number of days, unless the drawer chooses to redeem the check before the agreed presentment date.
(16) Proceeds in a deferred presentment transaction may be made to the drawer in the form of the deferred presentment provider's payment instrument if the deferred presentment provider is registered under part II; however, no additional fee may be charged by a deferred presentment provider or its affiliate for issuing or cashing the deferred presentment provider's payment instrument.
(17) No deferred presentment provider may require the drawer to accept its payment instrument in lieu of currency.
(18) No deferred presentment provider or its affiliate may engage in the rollover of any deferred presentment agreement. A deferred presentment provider shall not redeem, extend, or otherwise consolidate a deferred presentment agreement with the proceeds of another deferred presentment transaction made by the same or an affiliated deferred presentment provider.
(19) A deferred presentment provider may not enter into a deferred presentment transaction with a person who has an outstanding deferred presentment transaction with that provider or with any other deferred presentment provider, or with a person whose previous deferred presentment transaction with that provider or with any other provider has been terminated for less than 24 hours. The deferred presentment provider must verify such information as follows:
(a) The deferred presentment provider shall maintain a common database and shall verify whether that deferred presentment provider or an affiliate has an outstanding deferred presentment transaction with a particular person or has terminated a transaction with that person within the previous 24 hours.
(b) The deferred presentment provider shall access the office's database established pursuant to subsection (23) and shall verify whether any other deferred presentment provider has an outstanding deferred presentment transaction with a particular person or has terminated a transaction with that person within the previous 24 hours. Prior to the time that the office has implemented such a database, the deferred presentment provider may rely upon the written verification of the drawer as provided in subsection (20).
(20) A deferred presentment provider shall provide the following notice in a prominent place on each deferred presentment agreement in at least 14-point type in substantially the following form and must obtain the signature of the drawer where indicated:
1. STATE LAW PROHIBITS YOU FROM HAVING MORE THAN ONE DEFERRED PRESENTMENT AGREEMENT AT ANY ONE TIME. STATE LAW ALSO PROHIBITS YOU FROM ENTERING INTO A DEFERRED PRESENTMENT AGREEMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF TERMINATING ANY PREVIOUS DEFERRED PRESENTMENT AGREEMENT. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS LAW COULD CREATE SEVERE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
YOU MUST SIGN THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
I DO NOT HAVE AN OUTSTANDING DEFERRED PRESENTMENT AGREEMENT WITH ANY DEFERRED PRESENTMENT PROVIDER AT THIS TIME. I HAVE NOT TERMINATED A DEFERRED PRESENTMENT AGREEMENT WITHIN THE PAST 24 HOURS.
(Signature of Drawer)
2. YOU CANNOT BE PROSECUTED IN CRIMINAL COURT FOR A CHECK WRITTEN UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, BUT ALL LEGALLY AVAILABLE CIVIL MEANS TO ENFORCE THE DEBT MAY BE PURSUED AGAINST YOU.
3. STATE LAW PROHIBITS A DEFERRED PRESENTMENT PROVIDER (THIS BUSINESS) FROM ALLOWING YOU TO "ROLL OVER" YOUR DEFERRED PRESENTMENT TRANSACTION. THIS MEANS THAT YOU CANNOT BE ASKED OR REQUIRED TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE IN ORDER TO FURTHER DELAY THE DEPOSIT OR PRESENTMENT OF YOUR CHECK FOR PAYMENT. IF YOU INFORM THE PROVIDER IN PERSON THAT YOU CANNOT COVER THE CHECK OR PAY IN FULL THE AMOUNT OWING AT THE END OF THE TERM OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU WILL RECEIVE A GRACE PERIOD EXTENDING THE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL 60 DAYS AFTER THE ORIGINAL TERMINATION DATE, WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGE. THE DEFERRED PRESENTMENT PROVIDER SHALL REQUIRE THAT YOU, AS A CONDITION OF OBTAINING THE GRACE PERIOD, COMPLETE CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING PROVIDED BY AN AGENCY INCLUDED ON THE LIST THAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU BY THIS PROVIDER. YOU MAY ALSO AGREE TO COMPLY WITH AND ADHERE TO A REPAYMENT PLAN APPROVED BY THAT AGENCY. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY WITH AND ADHERE TO A REPAYMENT PLAN APPROVED BY THAT AGENCY, WE MAY DEPOSIT OR PRESENT YOUR CHECK FOR PAYMENT AND PURSUE ALL LEGALLY AVAILABLE CIVIL MEANS TO ENFORCE THE DEBT AT THE END OF THE 60-DAY GRACE PERIOD.
(21) The deferred presentment provider may not deposit or present the drawer's check if the drawer informs the provider in person that the drawer cannot redeem or pay in full in cash the amount due and owing the deferred presentment provider. No additional fees or penalties may be imposed on the drawer by virtue of any misrepresentation made by the drawer as to the sufficiency of funds in the drawer's account. In no event shall any additional fees be added to the amounts due and owing to the deferred presentment provider.
(22)(a) If, by the end of the deferment period, the drawer informs the deferred presentment provider in person that the drawer cannot redeem or pay in full in cash the amount due and owing the deferred presentment provider, the deferred presentment provider shall provide a grace period extending the term of the agreement for an additional 60 days after the original termination date, without any additional charge. The provider shall require that as a condition of providing this grace period, that within the first 7 days of the grace period the drawer make an appointment with a consumer credit counseling agency within 7 days after the end of the deferment period and complete the counseling by the end of the grace period. The drawer may agree to, comply with, and adhere to a repayment plan approved by the counseling agency. If the drawer agrees to comply with and adhere to a repayment plan approved by the counseling agency, the provider is also required to comply with and adhere to that repayment plan. The deferred presentment provider may not deposit or present the drawer's check for payment before the end of the 60-day grace period unless the drawer fails to comply with such conditions or the drawer fails to notify the provider of such compliance. Before each deferred presentment transaction, the provider may verbally advise the drawer of the availability of the grace period consistent with the provisions of the written notice in subsection (20), and shall not discourage the drawer from using the grace period.
(b) At the commencement of the grace period, the deferred presentment provider shall provide the drawer:
1. Verbal notice of the availability of the grace period consistent with the written notice in subsection (20).
2. A list of approved consumer credit counseling agencies prepared by the office. The office list shall include nonprofit consumer credit counseling agencies affiliated with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling which provide credit counseling services to Florida residents in person, by telephone, or through the Internet. The office list must include phone numbers for the agencies, the counties served by the agencies, and indicate the agencies that provide telephone counseling and those that provide Internet counseling. The office shall update the list at least once each year.
3. The following notice in at least 14-point type in substantially the following form:
AS A CONDITION OF OBTAINING A GRACE PERIOD EXTENDING THE TERM OF YOUR DEFERRED PRESENTMENT AGREEMENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL 60 DAYS, UNTIL [DATE], WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL FEES, YOU MUST COMPLETE CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING PROVIDED BY AN AGENCY INCLUDED ON THE LIST THAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU BY THIS PROVIDER. YOU MAY ALSO AGREE TO COMPLY WITH AND ADHERE TO A REPAYMENT PLAN APPROVED BY THE AGENCY. THE COUNSELING MAY BE IN PERSON, BY TELEPHONE, OR THROUGH THE INTERNET. YOU MUST NOTIFY US WITHIN SEVEN (7) DAYS, BY [DATE], THAT YOU HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT WITH SUCH A CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING AGENCY. YOU MUST ALSO NOTIFY US WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS, BY [DATE], THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING. WE MAY VERIFY THIS INFORMATION WITH THE AGENCY. IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE EITHER THE 7-DAY OR 60-DAY NOTICE, OR IF YOU HAVE NOT MADE THE APPOINTMENT OR COMPLETED THE COUNSELING WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED, WE MAY DEPOSIT OR PRESENT YOUR CHECK FOR PAYMENT AND PURSUE ALL LEGALLY AVAILABLE CIVIL MEANS TO ENFORCE THE DEBT.
(c) If a drawer completes an approved payment plan, the deferred presentment provider shall pay one-half of the drawer's fee for the deferred presentment agreement to the consumer credit counseling agency.
(23) The office shall implement a common database with real-time access through an Internet connection for deferred presentment providers, as provided in this subsection. The database must be accessible to the office and the deferred presentment providers to verify whether any deferred presentment transactions are outstanding for a particular person. Deferred presentment providers shall submit such data before entering into each deferred presentment transaction in such format as the commission shall require by rule, including the drawer's name, social security number or employment authorization alien number, address, driver's license number, amount of the transaction, date of transaction, the date that the transaction is closed, and such additional information as is required by the commission. The commission may impose a fee not to exceed $1 per transaction for data required to be submitted by a deferred presentment provider. A deferred presentment provider may rely on the information contained in the database as accurate and is not subject to any administrative penalty or civil liability as a result of relying on inaccurate information contained in the database. The commission may adopt rules to administer and enforce the provisions of this section and to assure that the database is used by deferred presentment providers in accordance with this section.
History.--s. 13, ch. 2001-119; s. 727, ch. 2003-261.