2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 6:966 — Procedure

§966.  Procedure

A.(1)  The procedures set forth in this Chapter may be used to obtain possession and dispose of collateral following default by a debtor without previous citation and judgment to enforce a security interest evidenced by a security agreement or a lease.

(2)  Prior to the use of the procedures set forth in this Chapter, a secured party shall send notice to all debtors in writing at the last known address of the debtors, of the right of the secured party to take possession of the collateral without further notice upon default as defined in R.S. 6:965(C).  Such notice shall include the debtor's name, last known address, and description of the collateral and the following in at least twelve-point type:

"Louisiana law permits repossession of motor vehicles upon default without further notice or judicial process."

(3)  After obtaining possession of the collateral, the secured party may dispose of it in any manner permitted by Chapter 9 of the Louisiana Commercial Law, R.S. 10:9-101 et seq. or by resort to available judicial procedures, and may cause the collateral to be retitled.  Unless the secured party causes the collateral to be sold at judicial sale under ordinary or executory process, all receipts from the secured party's disposition of the collateral shall be applied as set forth in R.S. 10:9-601, and the secured party shall be obligated to account to the debtor for any surplus.

B.  Unless otherwise agreed, a secured party has, on default, the right to take possession of the collateral.  In taking possession, a secured party may proceed without judicial process if this can be done without a breach of the peace or may proceed by other remedies available by law.

C.  The provisions of this Section may be utilized only by the following:

(1)  Financial institutions chartered under the laws of the state of Louisiana, another state, or the United States.

(2)  Persons licensed or regulated as lenders by the commissioner of financial institutions pursuant to the Louisiana Consumer Credit Law, R.S. 9:3510 et seq.

(3)  Persons licensed or regulated as lenders by the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission pursuant to the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act, R.S. 6:969.1 et seq.

D.(1)(a)  Any individual who physically obtains possession of the collateral pursuant to this Chapter shall obtain a repossession agent license from the Office of Financial Institutions.

(b)  On or before January 1, 2005, the commissioner of financial institutions shall issue licenses to repossession agents who are members of the following organizations:  National Finance Adjusters, Inc., Allied Finance Adjusters Conference, Inc., Time Adjusters Conference, Inc., or the American Recovery Association, Inc., or a Louisiana association of duly licensed repossession agents recognized as a viable association by the commissioner of financial institutions, and who meet any additional qualifications for licensure established by the commissioner of financial institutions pursuant to rules and regulations adopted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

(2)  In the event a tow truck, as defined in R.S. 32:1713, is required to be used in the repossession, the provisions of Chapter 16 of Title 32 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 pertaining to said tow truck shall apply.  The tow truck owner or operator, as defined in R.S. 32:1713, shall possess a common carrier certificate issued by the Louisiana Public Service Commission pursuant to R.S. 45:164.

E.  The secured party shall have and retain all of the possessory and enforcement rights provided under Chapter 9 of the Louisiana Commercial Laws, R.S. 10:9-101 et seq., including the right to recover a deficiency or any other costs associated with the seizure proceeding provided for in this Chapter.

F.  If the debtor has personal property of his own or of another inside the repossessed collateral, the owner of the personal property shall have ten days in which to contact the repossessing creditor and demand the return of his property.  The secured party shall immediately return the personal effects upon request of the debtor.  At the end of thirty days following the repossession of the collateral, the personal effects located inside of the repossessed collateral shall be deemed abandoned and the secured party shall no longer be responsible for such personal effects.

Acts 1992, No. 235, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 927, §1; Acts 2001, No. 8, §2, eff. July 1, 2001; Acts 2001, No. 9, §1, eff. July 1, 2001; Acts 2001, No. 943, §§1 and 2; Acts 2003, No. 646, §1; Acts 2004, No. 191, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005.

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