2019 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 57 - Trade Practices and Regulations
Article 12 - Unfair Trade Practices
Section 57-12-26 - Gift certificates; expiration; fees; penalties.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 57-12-26 (2019)

A. As used in this section, "gift certificate" means a writing identified as a gift certificate that is not redeemable in cash and is usable in its face amount in lieu of cash in exchange for goods or services supplied by a seller, but does not include a gift certificate useable with multiple unaffiliated sellers or goods or services. "Gift certificate" includes an electronic card with a banked dollar value, a merchandise credit, a certificate where the issuer has received payment for the full face value for the future purchase or delivery of goods or services and any other medium that evidences the giving of consideration in exchange for the right to redeem the certificate, electronic card or other medium for goods or services of at least an equal value. "Gift certificate" does not include:

(1) gift certificates, store gift cards or general use prepaid cards distributed to a consumer for promotional, award, incentive, rebate or other similar purposes without any money or other tangible thing of value being given by the consumer in exchange for the gift certificate, store gift card or general use prepaid card;

(2) gift certificates, store gift cards or general use prepaid cards that are sold below face value or at a volume discount to employers or to nonprofit and charitable organizations for fund-raising purposes;

(3) written promises, plastic cards or other electronic devices that are:

(a) used solely for telephone services; or

(b) are associated with a deposit, checking, savings or similar account at a banking or other similarly regulated financial institution and that provide payments solely by debiting such account; and

(4) gift certificates issued by banks, savings and loan associations and their affiliates and subsidiaries, licensed money transmitters or credit unions operating pursuant to the laws of the United States or New Mexico.

B. A gift certificate shall not have an expiration date less than sixty months after the date upon which the gift certificate was issued. If an expiration date is not conspicuously stated on a gift certificate, that gift certificate shall be presumed to have no expiration date and shall be valid until redeemed or replaced.

C. An issuer of a gift certificate shall not charge a fee of any kind in relation to the sale, redemption or replacement of a gift certificate other than an initial charge not exceeding the face value of the gift certificate, nor may a gift certificate be reduced in value by any fee, including a service or dormancy fee.

D. A violation of this section shall constitute an unfair or deceptive trade practice and shall be subject to the penalties set forth in the Unfair Practices Act.

History: Laws 2007, ch. 125, § 1.

ANNOTATIONS

Compiler's notes. — This section was not enacted as a new section of the Unfair Practices Act, however, it has been compiled with that act because it adopts the penalties of that act.

Effective dates. — Laws 2007, ch. 125, § 5 made the section effective July 1, 2007.

Severability. — Laws 2007, ch. 125, § 3 provided for the severability of Laws 2007, ch. 125, §§ 1 and 2 if any part or application thereof is held invalid.

Applicability. — Laws 2007, ch. 125, §4 provided that Laws 2007, ch. 125, §§ 1 and 2 apply to gift certificates sold or offered for sale on or after July 1, 2007.

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