46:10B-55 Requirements for licensure of foreclosure consultant.
3. a. A foreclosure consultant shall not conduct any business in this State until the foreclosure consultant:
(1) (a) Obtains a license from the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance by filing an application form to be prescribed by the commissioner by regulation. As to licensure by a business entity, the application shall be accompanied by documentation establishing the business entity, including incorporation documents, if the entity is incorporated.
(b)The application shall be accompanied by a reasonable fee, as established by the commissioner by regulation.
(c)A person required to be licensed under this act shall file an amendment to their application within 20 days after any change in the information required to be included in the application.
(d)Licenses issued pursuant to this section shall expire biennially and may be renewed upon submission of a renewal application to the department;
(2)obtains a bond from a surety company authorized to do business in the State in a form and an amount to be prescribed by the commissioner by regulation, files the bond with the commissioner, and obtains written approval of the bond from the commissioner;
(3)submits to the commissioner the name, address, fingerprints and written consent for a criminal history record background check to be performed on any officer, director, partner or owner of a controlling interest, or any employee engaged in mortgage foreclosure consulting activities, of the foreclosure consultant. The commissioner is authorized to exchange fingerprint data with and receive criminal history record information from the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation consistent with applicable State and federal laws, rules and regulations. This information shall be collected for the purposes of facilitating determinations concerning licensure eligibility for the foreclosure consultant, based upon any findings related to an employee engaged in mortgage foreclosure consultant activities, officer, director, partner or owner. The applicant shall bear the cost for the criminal history record background check, including all costs of administering and processing the check. The Division of State Police shall promptly notify the commissioner in the event an employee engaged in mortgage foreclosure consultant activities, officer, director, partner or owner of the foreclosure consultant, who was the subject of a criminal history record background check pursuant to this section, is arrested for a crime or offense in this State after the date the background check was performed, whether the foreclosure consultant is a prospective new applicant, or subsequently, a current licensee; and
(4)provides the name and street address of an agent in the State of New Jersey for service of process.
b.The commissioner may refuse to issue or renew, and may revoke, any license:
(1)for failure to comply with, or violation of, the provisions of this act or for any other good cause shown within the meaning and purpose of this act. A refusal or revocation shall not be made except upon reasonable notice to, and opportunity to be heard by, the applicant or licensee; or
(2)upon proof that the applicant or licensee has been convicted of any crime of moral turpitude or any crime relating adversely to the activity regulated by this act. For purposes of this subsection, a plea of guilty, non vult, nolo contendere or any other such disposition of alleged criminal activity shall be deemed a conviction.
c.A person who is licensed as a foreclosure consultant pursuant to this act shall not be subject to the provisions of P.L.1979, c.16 (C.17:16G-1 et seq.) while acting under the authority of this act.
d.A person shall not present himself to the public as a licensed foreclosure consultant or use the designation "foreclosure consultant," "foreclosure consultant specialist," or similar designation without obtaining a license pursuant to this act.
L.2011, c.146, s.3.
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