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Finance Code Section 22009 defines finance lender as follows" "includes any person who is engaged in the business of making consumer loans or making commercial loans. The business of making consumer loans or commercial loans may include lending money and taking, in the name of the lender, or in any other name, in whole or in part, as security for a loan, any contract or obligation involving the forfeiture of rights in or to personal property, the use and possession of which property is retained by other than the mortgagee or lender, or any lien on, assignment of, or power of attorney relative to wages, salary, earnings, income, or commission."
Finance Code section 22100 requires every finance lender to be licensed.
There is an exemption if the loan is a commercial loan and there are 5 or fewer in any 12 month period. Section 22050(e).
A commercial loan is defined as follows (22502) Commercial loan" means a loan of a principal amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000) or more, or any loan under an open-end credit program, whether secured by either real or personal property, or both, or unsecured, the proceeds of which are intended by the borrower for use primarily for other than personal, family, or household purposes. For purposes of determining whether a loan is a commercial loan, the lender may rely on any written statement of intended purposes signed by the borrower. The statement may be a separate statement signed by the borrower or may be contained in a loan application or other document signed by the borrower. The lender shall not be required to ascertain that the proceeds of the loan are used in accordance with the statement of intended purposes.
I do not know if you qualify for the exemption for commercial loans. If you do not you are required to be licensed to do the type of financing you are doing.
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