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MONEY TRANSMITTER LICENSING

Summary
Money Transmitter Licensing
Service Type
Money Transmitter Licensing
Provider Name
Dilendorf Khurdayan,
60 Broad Street, 24th Floor,New York,New York-10004,
Telephone No.212.457.9797
Area
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Description
Money Transmitter Licensing - the state and federal licenses required to operate as a Money Services Business (MSB)

Dilendorf & Khurdayan assists clients that accept, hold and/or transmit digital currency and fiat with obtaining and maintaining Money Transmitter Licenses (MTLs) – the state and federal licenses required to operate as a Money Services Business (MSB).

As each U.S. state has separate MTL requirements, our lawyers advise fintech and digital currency businesses on the best MTL strategy and represent the clients throughout the concurrent MTL application procedures.

Summary
Money Transmitter Licensing
Service Type
Money Transmitter Licensing
Provider Name
Dilendorf Khurdayan,
60 Broad Street, 24th Floor,New York,New York-10004,
Telephone No.212.457.9797
Area
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Description
Money Transmitter Licensing - the state and federal licenses required to operate as a Money Services Business (MSB)

ATTORNEYS' EXPERIENCE

Advised a digital exchange sponsor and developer that launched several digital exchanges in Europe and the Middle East on U.S. alternative trading system (ATS) registration, broker-dealer registration, FINRA registration, money transmitter licensing and obtaining New York BitLicense

Advised a digital accounting and data management provider on obtaining money transmitter licenses and New York BitLicense in relation to incorporating crypto/fiat payment system, crypto/fiat conversion and digital wallet services into their platform.

Advised a decentralized e-commerce platform on obtaining money transmitter and New York BitLicense in relation to their crypto/fiat exchange services and escrow services via integrated smart wallet.

Helping Clients Navigate Through MTL Requirements and Challenges

With limited exceptions, any business that accepts and transmits funds, including digital currency, will be considered an MSB and require an MTL in each U.S. state where the business operates. Money transmitters are a part of a broader category of MSBs. So, the terms MTL and MSB are related and often used together.

While registration on the federal level is relatively straightforward, the MSB legislation is not harmonized and almost all 53 states and territories have their own regulations, requirements and exceptions for money transmitter licensure. In addition, New York established a separate license for digital currency businesses, the so-called “BitLicense” – a license required to engage in any “virtual currency business activity”.

MTL requirements vary state-by-state but usually include registration with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), background checks, application fees, security (surety bond), maintenance of permissible investments, minimum net worth, business plan and a compliance program. MTL-related costs and processing times may differ significantly from state to state, especially compared to New York and California. The costs may exceed a $1 million, excluding legal fees, and the processing times may take from several months to 1-2 years.

Because of the lack of consistent regulation, companies tackling the U.S. MSB market must develop a comprehensive strategy to get MTLs. When obtaining MTLs, a business may choose to prioritize some states and apply first there but will be prohibited from operating in the states where it does not maintain an MTL.

Guiding Clients Through MTL Application Procedures in Every State

Our lawyers advise and assist clients throughout the MTL application process, including the following steps:

  • Developing an MTL strategy nation-wide;
  • Submitting applications in each of the 50 states (plus Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories);
  • Preparing a business plan, summary of historical and current operations, financial statements, affidavits and other required documentation;
  • Acquiring mandatory surety bonds;
  • Completing FinCEN registration;
  • Accomplishing necessary corporate actions, including local qualification of out-of-state companies, provision of registered agents, drafting/amending corporate governance documents;
  • Developing anti money-laundering (AML) and other compliance programs;
  • Representing clients in communications with the federal and state agencies;
  • Maintaining and renewing MTLs.

 

Summary
Money Transmitter Licensing
Service Type
Money Transmitter Licensing
Provider Name
Dilendorf Khurdayan,
60 Broad Street, 24th Floor,New York,New York-10004,
Telephone No.212.457.9797
Area
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Description
Money Transmitter Licensing - the state and federal licenses required to operate as a Money Services Business (MSB)

For more information about our money transmitter licensing services,

please contact Dilendorf & Khurdayan by sending an email or calling us at 212.457.9797.

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