Michigan Money Transmitter License

Michigan Money Transmitter License Overview

Who Controls the Michigan Money Transmitter License?

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services issues a Money Transmitter License for all entities providing money transmission services. “Money transmission services” is defined as the selling or issuing of payment instruments or stored value devices or the receiving of money or monetary value for transmission.

Activities Authorized under the Michigan License

The Michigan license authorizes the following activities:

  • Electronic Money Transmitting
  • Issuing traveler’s checks
  • Selling traveler’s checks
  • Issuing money orders
  • Selling money orders
  • Bill paying
  • Issuing and/or selling drafts
  • Issuing prepaid access/stored value
  • Selling prepaid access/stored value

Michigan MTL Net Worth and Surety Bond

To acquire a license in Michigan, you need a minimum tangible net worth of $100,000. You shall also be required to submit a surety bond of $500,000 or a premium in the amount of $12,500.

Michigan Money Transmitter License Cost

The table below summarizes the costs associated with acquiring an MTL in the state of Michigan. The process will take approximately three months.

How Much Time Will It Take to Acquire a MTL in Michigan

Getting a Michigan MTL takes approximately 3 months if the application is done right. Make sure your Money Services Business is registered with FINCEN before applying for the MTL. Then read through the requirements you need to meet for your application to be valid. The best source for this information is the websites of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System. After gathering all the documents you require to make the application, make an NMLS account and fill in the application.

This page was last updated on May 31, 2023.

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