2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 58: Financial Institutions and Regulations
Article 15: Small Loan Business, 58-15-1 through 58-15-39
Section 58-15-34: Payday loan products; prohibited acts.


NM Stat § 58-15-34 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis) What's This?

58-15-34. Payday loan products; prohibited acts.

A licensee shall not:

A. enter into an agreement for a renewed payday loan or otherwise refinance or extend the term of a payday loan;

B. enter into an agreement for a payday loan with a consumer who is participating in a payment plan pursuant to Section 58-15-35 NMSA 1978;

C. threaten or intimidate a consumer or threaten to use or request the use of criminal process in this or another state to collect on a payday loan product;

D. use a device or agreement that would have the effect of charging or collecting more fees, charges or interest than that allowed by law by entering into a different type of transaction with the consumer that has that effect;

E. require a consumer to enter into a new payday loan to pay an existing payday loan in whole or in part when the existing loan is eligible for a payment plan pursuant to Section 58-15-35 NMSA 1978;

F. charge a fee to cash a check representing the proceeds of a payday loan product;

G. charge a late fee or delinquency charge if a consumer fails to repay a payday loan product on time;

H. assign or attempt to assign a consumer's personal check to a third party unless for collection purposes;

I. use or attempt to use the check written by the consumer for a payday loan product as collateral for purposes other than repaying that payday loan product;

J. require a consumer to provide multiple checks or multiple debt authorizations;

K. accept collateral for a payday loan product other than the consumer's check or debit authorization or require a consumer to provide a guaranty from another person for a payday loan product;

L. include any of the following provisions in a payday loan product agreement:

(1) a hold harmless clause;

(2) a confession of judgment clause or power of attorney;

(3) an assignment of or order for payment of wages or other compensation for services;

(4) a waiver of claims for punitive damages;

(5) a provision in which the consumer agrees not to assert a claim or defense arising out of the contract;

(6) a waiver of a provision of the New Mexico Small Loan Act of 1955 [58-15-31 NMSA 1978];

(7) a waiver of the right to enter into a payment plan pursuant to Section 58-15-35 NMSA 1978; or

(8) a waiver of any rights secured by New Mexico law;

M. make a payday loan product contingent on the purchase of insurance or other goods or services;

N. take a check, instrument or form in which blanks are left to be filled in after execution of the check, instrument or form;

O. offer, arrange, act as an agent for or assist a third party in any way in the making of a payday loan product unless the third party complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations;

P. knowingly enter into a payday loan product with a consumer who lacks the capacity to consent; or

Q. use an agency agreement or partnership agreement as a scheme or contrivance to circumvent the application of the provisions of the New Mexico Small Loan Act of 1955 to a consumer's payday loan product. For the purposes of this subsection:

(1) "agency agreement" means any agreement between in-state entities and a banking corporation, savings and loan association or credit union operating under the laws of the United States or of any state whereby the in-state agent holds a predominant economic interest in the revenues generated by a payday loan made to New Mexico residents; and

(2) "partnership agreement" means any agreement between in-state entities and a banking corporation, savings and loan association or credit union operating under the laws of the United States or of any state whereby the in-state partner holds a predominant economic interest in the revenues generated by a payday loan made to New Mexico residents.

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