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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 520.63, Florida Statutes 2004

520.63  Licensees.--

(1)  A person may not engage in or transact any business as a home improvement finance seller or operate a branch without first obtaining a license from the office, except that a banking institution, trust company, savings and loan association, credit union authorized to do business in this state, or licensee under ss. 494.006-494.0077 is not required to obtain a license to engage in home improvement financing.

(2)  An application for a license under this part must be submitted to the office in such form as the commission may prescribe by rule. If the office determines that an application should be granted, it shall issue the license for a period not to exceed 2 years. A nonrefundable application fee of $175 shall accompany an initial application for the principal place of business and each application for a branch location of a home improvement finance seller.

(3)  The renewal fee for a home improvement finance license shall be $175. Biennial licensure periods and procedures for renewal of licenses may also be established by the commission by rule. A license that is not renewed at the end of the biennium established by the commission shall automatically revert from active to inactive status. An inactive license may be reactivated within 6 months after becoming inactive upon filing a completed reactivation form, payment of the renewal fee, and payment of a reactivation fee equal to the renewal fee. A license that is not reactivated within 6 months after becoming inactive automatically expires.

(4)  Each license must specify the location for which it is issued and must be conspicuously displayed at that location. If a home improvement finance seller's principal place of business or any branch location changes, the licensee shall notify the office and the office shall endorse the change of location without charge. A licensee may not transact business as a home improvement finance seller except under the name by which it is licensed. A license issued under this part is not transferable or assignable.

(5)  The office may deny an initial application for a license under this part if the applicant or any person with power to direct the management or policies of the applicant is the subject of a pending criminal prosecution or governmental enforcement action, in any jurisdiction, until conclusion of such criminal prosecution or enforcement action.

(6)  Each seller shall designate and maintain an agent in the state for service of process.

History.--s. 1, ch. 69-44; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; s. 21, ch. 80-256; s. 2, ch. 81-318; s. 10, ch. 82-70; s. 18, ch. 87-91; ss. 19, 35, 36, ch. 90-103; s. 57, ch. 91-245; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 15, ch. 99-164; s. 627, ch. 2003-261.