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Information and Resources for Sales Finance Companies

As stated in Section 492(1) of the Banking Law, “No person, except a bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, trust company, private banker, credit union, investment company organized under article twelve of this chapter and authorized to accept deposits, national bank, federal savings association, federal credit union, or out-of-state state bank, as such term is defined in subdivision two of section two hundred twenty-two of this chapter, or lender licensed pursuant to article nine of this chapter, shall engage in the business of a sales finance company in this state without a license therefor obtained from the superintendent, as provided in this article.”

For Sales Finance Company licensing requirements see Article 11-B of Banking Law, sections 491 to 502 and Superintendent's Regulations parts 403 and 300.


Starting on November 1, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) will be transitioning Sales Finance Companies to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS) to manage license applications and ongoing regulation.  NMLS was created by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and began operations in January 2008. DFS strongly supports CSBS efforts such as Vision 2020 and currently employs NMLS to manage and regulate money transmitters and mortgage providers licensed in New York. 
DFS will participate in a NMLS Training Webinar conducted by the State Regulatory Registry LLC for New York Licensed Lender and Sales Finance Company Licensees on Wednesday November 8, 2017, from 1-3PM EST.

This training is intended to help licensees transition their existing license(s) on to NMLS.  The training will include an overview of the resources available, licensing requirement checklists that should be reviewed, and a demonstration of tasks that must be completed in NMLS.  DFS encourages all New York State Sales Finance Companies to attend.

Click here to register for the training. There is no fee to participate. This session will be recorded.

Note: Space is limited to 500 attendees and will be granted on a first come first served basis. If you are unable to attend the live training, you will be able to access the training’s recording.


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Updated 11/01/2017


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