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Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

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Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

I made a thread some days back in regards to a medical collection that occurred in another state.  I checked the license registry in NYC and the agency is not listed.  Doesn't this mean that they are not legally allowed to collect a debt from me?

 

What are my options?  What can I do next?

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Epic Contributor

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

It is possible they are listed under a parent company.  Sometimes it is not as easy as just putting in their name. 

Established Member

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

Interesting.  How do I go about finding out whether this is the case?

Epic Contributor

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

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Epic Contributor

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

Some state debt collection practices statutes directly address and require licensing, while others dont.

Contact your state agency that regulates the licensing of debt collectors.  It's their job and expertise, and they can give sound advice on how to deal with any violation.

The FDCPA alone does not address licensing of debt collectors.  That is reserved to the states.

Established Member

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

Just got the agency.  Unfortunately I didn't get sound advice Smiley Sad I am being bounced around and I'm starting to get very frustrated Smiley Frustrated

Established Member

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

They are NOT licensed (as is required in NYC)

Epic Contributor

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

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Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

Ok.  I plan on filing a complaint with both.  What do I do after that?  Do I send any letters?  Contact the OC (the hospital)?

Epic Contributor

Re: Collection agency not licensed in my state. Next steps?

Is the CA on your CR?

 

I would contact the OC and ask to pay it.

 

The CA not licensed only has to assign it to another who is.  Once it's paid they can't.