The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 12, Chapter 02 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with occupational licensing fees related to collection agencies.
The public may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments by mail, fax, or e-mail to the division's Regulations Specialist. Public comment due no later than March 25, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
The Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing staffs the collection agency program. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development adopts regulations to carry out laws governing collection agencies and collection agency operators in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.
Collection agencies must also obtain an Alaska Business License.
Licensure is required when an out-of-state agency collects claims or solicits to collect claims on behalf of creditors (clients) based in Alaska.
Letters of Exemption: The division will not issue letters regarding an agency’s exemption.
Out-of-State Collection Agencies are directed to review the licensing statute, in particular
AS 08.24.090 and AS 08.24.380 when making a determination to seek licensure in Alaska.
Alaska Statutes are passed by the Legislature. Regulations (also called the Alaska Administrative Code) are rules adopted by the department to implement, interpret, and make specific the statutes. Both statutes and regulations have the force of law.
AS 08.24 specifically applies to collection agencies and collection agency operators. AS 08.01 - 08.03 and regulations 12 AAC 02 apply to all professions regulated by the division.
Proposed regulations are advertised in Alaska newspapers and we invite public comment on them. If you would like to receive notice of proposed regulations, please write to the regulations specialist and request that your name be added to the Collection Agency interested parties list. Please advise us if you move or wish your name removed from the mailing list.
Virginia Geary, Licensing Examiner
Phone: (907) 465-2695
Fax: (907) 465-2974
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806