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West Virginia updates money transmitter licensing law

Licensing State Issues State Legislation Money Service / Money Transmitters West Virginia

Recently, the West Virginia governor signed SB 505, which updates laws regarding licensure and regulation of money transmitters. Among other things, the bill (i) enhances and expands defined terms, including the definition of “control”; (ii) removes the provisional licensing option for check sellers; (iii) gives West Virginia the authority to participate in multistate examinations; (iv) increases the net worth requirement for licensees; (v) sets forth prior approval requirements for a change in control of a licensee; and (vi) requires licensees to maintain specified “permissible investments” at all times. The bill is effective June 7.