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TITLE 7BANKING AND SECURITIES
PART 5OFFICE OF CONSUMER CREDIT COMMISSIONER
CHAPTER 83REGULATED LENDERS AND CREDIT ACCESS BUSINESSES
SUBCHAPTER BRULES FOR CREDIT ACCESS BUSINESSES
DIVISION 5OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
RULE §83.5004Files and Records Required

A licensee must maintain records for each transaction under Texas Finance Code, Chapter 393, and make those records available to the OCCC for examination. The records required by this section may be maintained by using a paper or manual recordkeeping system, electronic recordkeeping system, optically imaged recordkeeping system, or a combination of these types of systems, unless otherwise specified. All records must be prepared and maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. If federal law requirements for record retention are different from the provisions contained in this section, the federal law requirements prevail only to the extent of the conflict with the provisions of this section.

  (1) Transaction register. A licensee must maintain a transaction register, or be able to produce this information within a reasonable amount of time. Each record in the register must contain the transaction number, the date of the transaction, the last name of the consumer, the total fees payable to the licensee, the total of payments, and the type of transaction (single payment payday loan, single payment auto title loan, multiple payment payday loan, or multiple payment auto title loan). Each record in the transaction register must be retained for four years from the date of the transaction, or two years from the date of the final entry made on the consumer's account, whichever is later.

  (2) Consumer's transaction file. A licensee must maintain a paper or electronic transaction file for each individual transaction under Texas Finance Code, Chapter 393, or be able to produce this information within a reasonable amount of time. The transaction file must contain documents that show the licensee's compliance with applicable state and federal law, including Texas Finance Code, Chapter 393. If a substantially equivalent electronic record for any of the following documents exists, a paper copy of the record does not have to be included in the transaction file if the electronic record can be accessed upon request.

    (A) The transaction file must include the following documentation for each transaction under Texas Finance Code, Chapter 393:

      (i) any agreement between the consumer and the licensee, including the contract described by Texas Finance Code, §393.201, with all provisions required by that section, as well as the notice of cancellation described by Texas Finance Code, §393.202;

      (ii) any agreement between the consumer and the lender, including the promissory note;

      (iii) documentation referencing which agreements between the licensee and a third-party lender apply to the transaction, including any guarantee or letter of credit issued by the licensee;

      (iv) all legally required disclosures provided in connection with the transaction, including:

        (I) the consumer disclosure required by Texas Finance Code, §393.223, and §83.6007 of this title (relating to Consumer Disclosures);

        (II) the credit services organization disclosure required by Texas Finance Code, §393.105;

        (III) any disclosures provided under the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. §§1601-1667f, and Regulation Z, 12 C.F.R. Part 1026;

        (IV) any privacy notice provided under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 15 U.S.C. §§6801-6809, and Regulation P, 12 C.F.R. Part 1016;

        (V) any notice to cosigner provided under the Federal Trade Commission's Credit Practices Rule, 16 C.F.R. §444.3;

        (VI) any mandatory disclosure to a covered borrower under the Department of Defense's Military Lending Act Rule, 32 C.F.R. §232.6;

      (v) the consumer's credit application and any other written or recorded information used in evaluating the application;

      (vi) any document signed by a co-borrower, co-signor, or other guarantor in connection with the transaction;

      (vii) any documentation of whether the consumer is a covered borrower under the Department of Defense's Military Lending Act Rule, 32 C.F.R. Part 232, including any records obtained under 32 C.F.R. §232.5;

      (viii) complete documentation of any ancillary products (including insurance or an automobile club) offered to the consumer or purchased by the consumer in connection with the transaction;

      (ix) complete documentation of all payments made by or to the licensee during the transaction and all payments made by or to the third-party lender at the inception of the transaction (including the amount of each payment, the source of each payment, and the recipient of each payment);

      (x) any other documentation created or obtained by the licensee in connection with the transaction.

    (B) The transaction file must include the following documentation if the licensee services or collects a loan in connection with a transaction under Texas Finance Code, Chapter 393, or if the licensee otherwise obtains this documentation in the course of business:

      (i) Consumer's account record. The licensee must maintain an account record containing at least the following information:

        (I) loan number or another unique number identifying the transaction;

        (II) loan schedule and terms itemized to show the number of installments and the due date and amount of each installment, including installments payable to the licensee;

        (III) name, address, and telephone number of consumer;

        (IV) names and addresses of co-borrowers, if any;

        (V) principal balance;

        (VI) total interest charges;

        (VII) all fees paid to the licensee;

        (VIII) amount of official fees for recording, amending, or continuing a notice of security interest that are collected at the time the loan is made;

        (IX) individual payment entries for all payments described by subparagraph (A)(ix) of this paragraph, and any other payments made by the consumer during the transaction, itemized to show the date payment was received (dual postings are acceptable if date of posting is other than date of receipt), actual amounts received for application to due amounts, and actual amounts paid for default, deferment, or other authorized charges;

        (X) any refunds of unearned charges that are required in the event a loan is prepaid in full, including records of final entries, and entries to substantiate that refunds due were paid to consumers, with refund amounts itemized to show interest charges or other amounts refunded;

        (XI) collection contact history, including a written or electronic record of each contact made by a licensee with the consumer or any other person and each contact made by the consumer with the licensee, in connection with amounts due, with each record including the date, method of contact, contacted party, person initiating the contact, and a summary of the contact;

        (XII) corrective entries to the consumer's account record, if justified, including the reason and supporting documentation for each corrective entry.

      (ii) Payday loan records. For a payday loan, the transaction file must include documentation relating to the personal check or authorization to debit a deposit account accepted in connection with the loan.

      (iii) Auto title loan records. For an auto title loan, the transaction file must include all documentation relating to the attachment and perfection of a security interest in the motor vehicle, including any of the following documentation obtained by the licensee:

        (I) the security agreement;

        (II) if obtained by the licensee or the third-party lender, the original certificate of title to the vehicle, a certified copy of the negotiable certificate of title, or a copy of the front and back of either the original or certified copy of the title;

        (III) if executed by the licensee or the third-party lender, an application for certificate of title (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Form 130-U for Texas vehicles);

        (IV) if obtained by the licensee or the third-party lender, a title application receipt (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Form VTR-500-RTS for Texas vehicles), or a similar document evidencing the filing of the application for certificate of title and payment of required fees and taxes.

      (iv) Repossession records. The transaction file must include complete documentation of any repossession initiated by the licensee, including:

        (I) any condition report indicating the condition of the collateral, if prepared by the licensee, the licensee's agent, or any independent contractor hired to perform the repossession;

        (II) any invoices or receipts for any reasonable and authorized out-of-pocket expenses that are assessed to the consumer and incurred in connection with the repossession or sequestration of the vehicle including cost of storing, reconditioning, and reselling the vehicle;

        (III) for a vehicle disposed of in a public or private sale as permitted by the Texas Business and Commerce Code, §9.610, the following documents:

          (-a-) one of the following notices:

            (-1-) a copy of the notification of disposition as sent to the consumer and other obligors as required by Texas Business and Commerce Code, §9.614; or

            (-2-) a copy of the waiver of the notice of intended disposition prescribed by subitem (-1-) of this item, as applicable, signed by the consumer and other obligors after default;

          (-b-) copies of evidence of the type or manner of private sale that was conducted. These records must show that the manner of the disposition was commercially reasonable, such as circumstances surrounding a dealer-only auction, internet sale, or other type of private disposition;

          (-c-) copies of evidence of the type or manner of public sale that was conducted. These records must show that the manner of the disposition was commercially reasonable, such as documentation of the date, place, manner of sale of the vehicle, and amounts received for disposition of the vehicle;

          (-d-) the bill of sale showing the name and address of the purchaser of the repossessed collateral and the purchase price of the vehicle;

          (-e-) for a disposition or sale of collateral creating a surplus balance, a copy of the check representing the payment of the surplus balance paid to the consumer or other person entitled to the surplus;

          (-f-) for a disposition or sale of collateral resulting in a surplus or deficiency, a copy of the explanation of calculation of surplus or deficiency, if required by Texas Business and Commerce Code, §9.616;

          (-g-) a copy of the waiver of the deficiency letter if the licensee elects to waive the deficiency balance in lieu of sending the explanation of calculation of surplus or deficiency form, if applicable;

        (IV) for a vehicle disposed of using the strict foreclosure method permitted by the Texas Business and Commerce Code, §9.620 and §9.621, the following documents:

          (-a-) one of the two following notices:

            (-1-) a copy of the proposal to accept collateral in full satisfaction of the obligation; or

            (-2-) for a transaction where 60% or more of the principal balance has been paid, a copy of the debtor or obligor's waiver of compulsory disposition of collateral signed by the consumer and other obligors after default;

          (-b-) for a transaction where the consumer rejects the offer under item (-a-)(-1-) or (-2-) of this subclause, a copy of the consumer's signed objection to retention of the collateral;

          (-c-) copies of the records reflecting the total satisfaction of the obligation.

      (v) Litigation records. The transaction file must include complete documentation of any litigation filed by a licensee against a consumer, or by a consumer against the licensee, including all pleadings, the terms of settlement (if a settlement was entered), documentation of any mediation or arbitration, the final judgment (if the court entered a final judgment), and records of all payments received after judgment, properly identified and applied. If the licensee maintains the complete documentation of litigation at a centralized location other than the licensed location or branch office, then the licensee's transaction file may include a written summary of the status of the litigation, rather than complete documentation of the litigation. However, upon the OCCC's request, the licensee must have the ability to promptly obtain or access copies of the complete documentation so that the OCCC can examine it.

      (vi) Criminal charge records. The transaction file must include complete documentation of any criminal charge or complaint filed by a licensee against a consumer, showing the licensee's compliance with Texas Finance Code, §393.201(c)(3). This must include any written evidence of criminal conduct, a written summary of any oral statement submitted to law enforcement, any police report, and any court records obtained by the licensee.

      (vii) Claim records for insurance or ancillary products. The transaction file must include complete documentation of any claims or disbursement of money related to insurance or another ancillary product provided in connection with the transaction.

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