BANKS AND BANKING
26-2908. Bond or other security device. (1) Each application must be accompanied by a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit or such other similar security device, hereinafter referred to as security device, acceptable to the director in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000). If the applicant proposes to engage in business under the provisions of this chapter at more than one (1) location, through authorized representatives or otherwise, then the amount of the security device will be increased by five thousand dollars ($5,000) per location, up to a maximum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). The security device shall be in a form satisfactory to the director and shall run to the state for the benefit of any claimants against the licensee to secure the faithful performance of the obligations of the licensee with respect to the receipt, handling, transmission, and payment of money in connection with either the sale and issuance of payment instruments and the transmission of money. In the case of a bond, the aggregate liability of the surety in no event shall exceed the principal sum of the bond. Claimants against the licensee or its authorized representatives may themselves bring suit directly on the security device or the director may bring suit on behalf of such claimants, either in one (1) action or in successive actions. Permissible investments required in section 26-2906, Idaho Code, may be pledged as collateral for the surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit, or similar security device required in this section.
(2) In lieu of such security device or of any portion of the principal thereof, as required in this section, the licensee may deposit with the director, or with such banks in this state as the licensee may designate and the director may approve, cash, interest-bearing stocks and bonds, notes, debentures, or other obligations of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or guaranteed by the United States, or of this state, or of a city, county, town, school district or instrumentality of this state, or guaranteed by this state, to an aggregate amount, based upon principal amount or market value, whichever is lower, of not less than the amount of the security device or portion thereof. The securities or cash, or both, shall be deposited as aforesaid and held to secure the same obligations as would the security device, but the depositor shall be entitled to receive all interest and dividends thereon, shall have the right, with the approval of the director, to substitute other securities for those deposited, and shall be required to do so on written order of the director made for good cause shown.
(3) The security device shall remain in effect until cancellation, which may occur only after thirty (30) days’ written notice to the director. Cancellation shall not affect any liability incurred or accrued during said period.
(4) The security device or deposit in lieu thereof shall remain in place for a period of two (2) years from the date the licensee ceases money transmission operations in this state. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, the director shall permit the security device or deposit in lieu thereof to be reduced or eliminated prior to the expiration of the two (2) year post-cessation period to the extent that the amount of the licensee’s payment instruments outstanding in this state are reduced. The director shall also permit a licensee to substitute a letter of credit or such other form of security device acceptable to the director for the security device, or deposit in lieu thereof, in place at the time the licensee ceases money transmission operations in this state.
(5) Two (2) years following the cessation of money transmission operations in this state, a former licensee has the option to transfer any funds held to pay outstanding payment instruments to the state tax commission, who shall administer said funds in accordance with chapter 5, title 14, Idaho Code.
[26-2908, added 1994, ch. 410, sec. 1, p. 1287.]