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Georgia Code - Property - Title 44, Section 44-12-138

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(a)(1) Any pawnbroker as defined in paragraph (2) of Code Section 44-12-130 shall include most prominently in any and all types of advertisements the word 'pawn' or the words 'pawn transaction.' A pawnbroker shall not use the term 'loan' in any advertisements or in connection with any advertising of the business of the pawnbroker; provided, however, that the provisions of this sentence shall not apply to a pawnbroker in business on March 1, 1992, which uses the term 'loan' in connection with the name of the business or with advertising of the business.

(2) On any sign advertising a pawnbroker´s business, the words on such sign shall be in at least 24 inch high letters. On any other sign on the property where the pawnbroker´s business is located which advertises any other activities or business engaged in by the person who is a pawnbroker, the words on such sign shall be in 12 inch high letters or smaller; provided, however, that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to signs of pawnbrokers which signs are in existence on March 1, 1992.

(b) Every pawnbroker in every pawn transaction shall present the pledgor or seller with a written disclosure ticket or statement in at least nine-point type, appropriately completed, with no other written or pictorial matter except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, containing the following information:

(1) Information identifying the pawnbroker by name and address;

(2) A statement as follows:

'This is a pawn transaction. Failure to make your payments as described in this document can result in the loss of the pawned item. The pawnbroker can sell or keep the item if you have not made all payments by the specified maturity date.';

(3) If the pawned item is a motor vehicle or motor vehicle certificate of title, a statement as follows:

'Failure to make your payment as described in this document can result in the loss of your motor vehicle. The pawnbroker can also charge you certain fees if he or she actually repossesses the motor vehicle.';

(4) A statement that the length of the pawn transaction is 30 days and that it can only be renewed with the agreement of both parties and only for 30 day incremental periods;

(5) The annual percentage rate, computed in accordance with the federal Truth in Lending Act and regulations under the federal Truth in Lending Act, for the first 30 days of the transaction, computed as if all interest and pawnshop charges were considered to be interest;

(6) The annual percentage rate, computed in accordance with the federal Truth in Lending Act and regulations under the federal Truth in Lending Act, for each 30 day period in which the pawn transaction might be continued or extended, computed as if all interest and pawnshop charges were considered to be interest. For purposes of identifying the annual percentage rate after the second continuation or extension, a single statement which identifies an annual percentage rate for each possible 30 day period thereafter shall meet the requirements of this Code section;

(7) A statement in dollar amounts of how much it will cost the seller or pledgor to redeem the merchandise in the first 30 day period of the transaction;

(8) A statement in dollar amounts of how much it will cost the seller or pledgor to redeem the merchandise in any 30 day period after the first 30 day period of the pawn transaction, provided that all fees and charges have been kept current;

(9) A statement of the specific maturity date of the pawn transaction;

(10) A statement of how long, the grace period, the pledged goods may be redeemed after the specific maturity date and the dollar amount which will be required to redeem the pledged goods after the specific maturity date;

(11) A statement that after the grace period the pledged goods become the property of the pawnbroker;

(12) If the pawn transaction involves a motor vehicle or motor vehicle certificate of title, a statement that the pawnbroker may not charge a storage fee for the motor vehicle unless the pawnbroker repossesses the motor vehicle pursuant to a default;

(13) If the pawn transaction involves a motor vehicle or motor vehicle certificate of title, a statement that the pawnbroker may charge a storage fee for a repossessed motor vehicle not to exceed $5.00 per day, but only if the pawnbroker actually repossesses and actually must store the motor vehicle;

(14) If the pawn transaction involves a motor vehicle or motor vehicle certificate of title, a statement that the pawnbroker may charge a repossession fee, not to exceed $50.00, but only if the pawnbroker actually repossesses the motor vehicle;

(15) If the pawn transaction involves a motor vehicle or motor vehicle certificate of title, a statement that the pawnbroker may charge a fee to register a lien upon the motor vehicle certificate of title, not to exceed any fee actually charged by the appropriate state to register a lien upon a motor vehicle certificate of title, but only if the pawnbroker actually places such a lien upon the motor vehicle certificate of title;

(16) A statement that any costs to ship the pledged items to the pledgor or seller can be charged to the pledgor or seller, along with a handling fee to equal no more than 50 percent of the actual costs to ship the pledged items; and

(17) A statement that a fee of up to $2.00 can be charged for each lost or destroyed pawn ticket.

(c) In addition to the information required by subsection (b) of this Code section, the pawnbroker may, but is not required to, include the following information on the same disclosure ticket or statement, provided that such information is not used to obscure or obfuscate the information required by subsection (b) of this Code section:

(1) Information identifying the pledgor or seller;

(2) Any logo which the pawnbroker may desire to use;

(3) Any numbers or characters necessary for the pawnbroker to identify the merchandise or goods associated with the pawn transaction;

(4) Any other information required to be disclosed to consumers by any other law, rule, or regulation of the United States or of the State of Georgia;

(5) Information identifying or describing the pledged item;

(6) Information which is only for the internal business use of the pawnbroker;

(7) The hours of operation of the pawnbroker;

(8) The time of day of the pawn transaction; and

(9) Any agreement between the pledgor or seller and the pawnbroker which does not controvert the provisions of this part, of Part 5 of Article 8 of Chapter 14 of this title, or of Part 2 of Article 15 of Chapter 1 of Title 10.

(d) The pawnbroker shall have the pledgor or seller sign the disclosure statement and shall furnish a completed copy to the pledgor or seller. The pawnbroker shall maintain a completed and signed copy of the disclosure statement on file for two years subsequent to the maturity date of the pawn transaction. Failure to maintain such a copy shall be conclusive proof that the pawnbroker did not furnish such a statement to the pledgor or seller.

(e) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained elsewhere in this Code section, no municipality or local government may impose any requirements upon a pawnbroker regarding the disclosures which must be made to a pledgor or seller or which must be made in the pawn ticket, other than those requirements contained in this Code section.

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