Title 19
Financial Institutions

Chapter 14.1
Lenders and Loan Brokers

R.I. Gen. Laws 19-14.1-10

 19-14.1-10.  Special exemptions.

(a) The licensing provisions of chapter 14 of this title shall not apply to:

(1) Nonprofit charitable, educational, or religious corporations or associations;

(2) Any person who makes less than six (6) loans in this state in any consecutive twelve-month (12) period; there is no similar exemption from licensing for loan brokers for brokering loans or acting as a loan broker;

(3) Any person acting as an agent for a licensee for the purpose of conducting closings at a location other than that stipulated in the license;

(4) Regulated institutions and banks or credit unions organized under the laws of the United States, or subject to written notice with a designated Rhode Island agent for service of process in the form prescribed by the director, or the director's designee, of any other state within the United States if the laws of the other state in which such bank or credit union is organized authorizes under conditions not substantially more restrictive than those imposed by the laws of this state, as determined by the director, or the director's designee, a financial institution or credit union to engage in the business of originating or brokering loans in the other state; no bank or credit union duly organized under the laws of any other state within the United States may receive deposits, pay checks, or lend money from any location within this state unless such bank or credit union has received approval from the director, or the director's designee, for the establishment of an interstate branch office pursuant to chapter 7 of title 19;

(5) Any natural person employee who is employed by a licensee when acting on the licensee's behalf; provided that this exemption shall not apply to a mortgage loan originator required to be licensed under 19-14-2 or 19-14.10-4; or

(6) A licensed attorney when performing loan closing services for a licensee or for an entity identified in subdivision (4) above.

(b) The provisions of this chapter and chapter 14 of this title shall not apply to:

(1) Loans to corporations, joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies or other business entities;

(2) Loans over twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in amount to individuals for business or commercial, as opposed to personal, family or household purposes;

(3) Loans principally secured by accounts receivable and/or business inventory;

(4) Loans made by a life insurance company wholly secured by the cash surrender value of a life insurance policy;

(5) Education-purpose loans made by the Rhode Island health and educational building corporation as vested in chapter 38.1 of title 45 of the Rhode Island student loan authority as vested in chapter 62 of title 16;

(6) The acquisition of retail or loan installment contracts by an entity whose sole business in this state is acquiring them from federal banks receivers or liquidators;

(7) Notes evidencing the indebtedness of a retail buyer to a retail seller of goods, services or insurance for a part or all of the purchase price;

(8) Any municipal, state or federal agency that makes, brokers, or funds loans or acts as a lender or a loan broker. This exemption includes exclusive agents or exclusive contractors of the agency specifically designated by the agency to perform those functions on behalf of the agency and which has notified the director, in writing, of the exclusive agency or contract; or

(9) Notes evidencing the indebtedness of a retail buyer to a retail motor vehicle dealer that include as part of the amount financed, disclosed in accordance with 12 C.F.R. 226.18 as amended, an amount representing negative equity related to the motor vehicle being traded in as part of the purchase price of the motor vehicle being purchased.

(c) No license to make or fund loans, or to act as a lender or small loan lender shall be required of any person who engages in deferred deposit transactions (commonly known as "pay-day advance") while holding a valid license to cash checks pursuant to chapter 14 of this title.

History of Section.
P.L. 1995, ch. 82, 53; P.L. 1997, ch. 98, 10; P.L. 2000, ch. 153, 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 371, 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 163, 3; P.L. 2003, ch. 169, 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 16, 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 244, 3; P.L. 2008, ch. 261, 2; P.L. 2008, ch. 452, 2; P.L. 2009, ch. 148, 2; P.L. 2009, ch. 160, 2; P.L. 2011, ch. 345, 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 361, 1.