Asheville Pawnbroker Bond: A Comprehensive Guide
This guide provides information for insurance agents to help their customers obtain an Asheville Pawnbroker Bond
At a Glance:
- Lowest Cost: $100 per year or $10 per month
- Bond Amount: $5,000
- Who Needs it: All pawnbrokers operating in Asheville, North Carolina
- Purpose: To ensure the public will receive compensation for any damages should the pawnbroker violate licensing law
- Who Requires the Bond: The City of Asheville
Asheville Code of Ordinances 9-221 requires all pawnbrokers operating in the city to obtain a license before conducting business. The Asheville City Council enacted the licensing requirement to ensure that pawnbrokers engage in ethical business practices. To provide financial security for the enforcement of the licensing law, pawnbrokers must purchase and maintain a $5,000 surety bond to be eligible for licensure. Additionally, North Carolina Statute 66-399 mandates that all pawnbrokers operating in the state file a bond with their local municipal authority before conducting business.
What is the Purpose of the Asheville Pawnbroker Bond?
Asheville requires pawnbrokers to purchase a surety bond as part of the application process to obtain a business license. The bond ensures that the public will receive compensation for financial harm if the broker fails to comply with the regulations set forth in Asheville Code of Ordinances 9-224 and North Carolina Statute 66-399. Specifically, the bond protects the public in the event the broker commits any acts of fraud or breaches consumer contracts. In short, the bond is a type of insurance that protects the public if the pawnbroker breaks licensing law.
How Can an Insurance Agent Obtain an Asheville Pawnbroker Surety Bond?
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Is a Credit Check Required for the Asheville Pawnbroker Bond?
No, a credit check is not required for the Asheville Pawnbroker bond. Because the bond is considered relatively low risk, the same low rate is offered to all pawnbrokers operating in the city, regardless of their credit history.
How Much Does the Asheville Pawnbroker Bond Cost?
The Asheville Pawnbroker bond costs just $100 per year or $10 per month.
Who is Required to Purchase the Asheville Pawnbroker Bond?
Asheville requires pawnbrokers to purchase a surety bond as a prerequisite to obtaining a business license. To paraphrase Asheville Code of Ordinances 9-201, a pawnbroker is a person who issues loans at interest to individuals that leave their property, as collateral, for the broker to sell or purchases goods for resale from a dealer/trader.
BondExchange now offers monthly pay-as-you-go subscriptions for surety bonds. Your customers are able to purchase their bonds on a monthly basis and cancel them anytime. Learn more here.
How do Pawnbrokers Apply for a License in Asheville?
Pawnbrokers in Asheville must navigate several steps to secure a business license. Below are the general guidelines, but applicants should refer to the licensing statutes for details on the process
License Period – All Asheville Pawnbroker Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed before the expiration date
Step 1 – Meet the Prerequisites
Asheville requires all pawnbroker license applicants to:
- Provide character references from at least two local citizens
- Not have been convicted of any misdemeanor offense against property
- Not have been convicted of a felony
Step 2 – Contact the Finance Department
To apply for a pawnbroker license in Asheville, applicants should contact the city’s Finance Department. The department will walk the broker through the application process, provide them with any forms that must be submitted, and answer any questions they may have.
Pawnbrokers are required to submit the following items with their license application:
- Statement indicating the net assets or capital the broker will put towards the business as well as an unaudited statement from an accountant or CPA verifying the information
- Affidavit by the broker stating they have never been convicted of a felony as well as a certificate from the county police department verifying this information
Step 3 – Purchase a Surety Bond
Pawnbrokers must purchase and maintain a $5,000 surety bond
How do Pawnbrokers in Asheville Renew Their Licenses?
Prior to the license expiration date, the city will contact the broker with instructions on how to complete the renewal process. All Asheville Pawnbroker Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed before the expiration date.
What are the Insurance Requirements for the Asheville Pawnbroker License?
Asheville does not require pawnbrokers to purchase any form of liability insurance as a prerequisite to obtaining a business license. Pawnbrokers must purchase and maintain a $5,000 surety bond.
How Do Asheville Pawnbrokers File Their Bonds?
Pawnbrokers should submit their completed bond forms, including the power of attorney, to the Finance Department at the following address:
70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801
The surety bond requires signatures from both the surety company that issues the bond and from the broker. The surety company should include the following information on the bond form:
- Legal name, license classification, and address of the entity/individual(s) buying the bond
- Surety company’s name and state of incorporation
- Bond amount
- Date the bond goes into effect
- Date the bond is signed
What Can Asheville Pawnbrokers do to Avoid Claims Against Their Bonds?
To avoid claims against their bonds, pawnbrokers in Asheville must ensure that they:
- Do not engage in any acts of fraud
- Do not breach contracts made with consumers
What Other Insurance Products Can Agents Offer Pawnbrokers in Asheville?
Asheville does not require pawnbrokers to purchase liability insurance as a prerequisite to obtaining a business license. However, most reputable businesses will purchase this insurance anyway. Bonds are our only business at BondExchange, so we do not issue any other types of insurance, but our agents often utilize brokers for this specific line of business. A list of brokers in this space can be found here.
How Can Insurance Agents Prospect for Asheville Pawnbroker Customers?
Asheville unfortunately does not provide a public database of active pawnbrokers in the city. We suggest contacting the city to obtain this information. Contact BondExchange for additional marketing resources. Agents can also leverage our print-mail relationships for discounted mailing services.