Georgia Credit Repair Laws

Credit Repair Organization
in the State of Georgia

Credit Repair Laws for the State of Georgia

This page contains information about starting a credit repair business in Georgia in addition to legal information and Credit Repair laws for the state of Georgia.

Need laws for a different state? Click here for a listing of credit repair laws for all states. For Federal information, please see Credit Repair Organizations Act. We also suggest reading Statute of Limitations for Debt Collection (by state). If you would like learn how to start a credit repair buisiness, click here for our products.

How much money can I make with a Credit Repair Business?

The average credit repair company charges clients $79/month. Multiply that by 1000 clients and you've got recurring revenue of $79,000 a month. Scale it from there and you've got an empire. Some of our Credit Repair Cloud users have as many as 10,000 clients. This is why the monthly recurring model works so well for credit repair. Want to see the profit potential of the recurring revenue model? Click here www.creditrepaircloud.com/calculator

How do I classify my services? There are many ways to use your credit repair knowledge to enhance your existing business. Many mortgage brokers, loan officers, realtors and auto dealers use our professional credit repair business software to offer "credit enhancement" for free in order to generate new qualified leads and close more loans (instead of charging for "credit repair services"). While we cannot offer you "legal advice," we do list the information we've gathered from each state.

Can I charge upfront for Credit Repair Services? In a few states you’re not allowed to collect money up front for credit repair. How do you make money that way? Easy: Get paid for the work you do! Yes, this is how all successful credit repair companies get paid. They import a report and send off a round of letters (about 10 mins of work) and then they charge a 1st work fee. Then every month they send off another round of letters or click to update status of items that were removed (about 5 minutes of work) and they charge a monthly fee.

Are Licenses or Bonds Required? We're not aware of any states requiring a "credit repair license" but a few states do require a surety bond (at the time of this writing most states do not require a bond). If your state does require a bond (read below for details of your state), you are not required to secure your bond from your same state. Bonds are a minimal expense (usually under a few hundred dollars) because you order them from a bond service and pay only a small fraction of the bond yourself. A Credit Repair Services Organization Bond protects you.  For more information about Credit Repair Services Organization Bonds, contact our source for surety bonds "Bonds Express" at The American Credit Repair Academy: Resources page.

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Georgia

Ga. Code Ann., § 16-9-59
§ 16-9-59. Operating credit repair services organization

Ga. Code Ann., § 16-9-59

Title 16. Crimes and Offenses

Chapter 9. Forgery and Fraudulent Practices
Article 4. Fraud and Related Offenses

§ 16-9-59. Operating credit repair services organization

(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Buyer" means any individual who is solicited to purchase or who purchases the services of a credit repair services organization.

(2)(A) "Credit repair services organization" means any person who, with respect to the extension of credit to a buyer by others, sells, provides, or performs, or represents that he can or will sell, provide, or perform, in return for the payment of money or other valuable consideration any of the following services:
(i) Improving a buyer's credit record, history, or rating;
(ii) Obtaining an extension of credit for a buyer;
(iii) Providing advice or assistance to a buyer with regard to either division (i) or (ii) of this subparagraph.
(B) "Credit repair services organization" does not include:
(i) Any person authorized to make loans or extensions of credit under the laws of this state or the United States who is subject to regulation and supervision by this state or the United States ;
(ii) Any bank or savings and loan institution whose deposits or accounts are eligible for insurance by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Savings Association Insurance Fund of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;
(iii) Any nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
(iv) Any person licensed as a real estate broker by this state if the person is acting within the course and scope of that license;
(v) Any person licensed to practice law in this state if the person renders services within the course and scope of his or her practice as an attorney;
(vi) Any broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission if the broker-dealer is acting within the course and scope of those regulatory agencies; or
(vii) Any consumer reporting agency as defined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. 1681-1681t).
(3) "Extension of credit" means the right to defer payment of debt or to incur debt and defer its payment, offered or granted primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.

(b) A person commits the offense of operating a credit repair services organization when he or she owns, operates, or is affiliated with a credit repair services organization.

(c) Any person who commits the offense of operating a credit repair services organization shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Laws 1987, p. 1413, § 1; Laws 1988, p. 13, § 16.

Case Law
I identified only one case construing the act. The annotations contained the following note:

There is no irreconcilable conflict between the provisions of the credit repair law set forth at O.C.G.A. § 16-9-59 and the provisions of the debt adjustment law set forth at O.C.G.A. § 18-5-1 et. seq. with regard to their effect on the operation of consumer debt counseling services by nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although exempt from the credit repair law, such organizations are prohibited from engaging in the activities proscribed by the debt adjustment law. Op.Atty.Gen. No. U97-6, Jan. 31, 1997.


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