Laws and rules: Collection agencies

Current laws and rules

New laws and rules

ESHB 1822: Adding “debt buyers” to the definition of a collection agency

This bill, adopted by the 2013 Legislature, adds “debt buyers” to the definition of a collection agency. The new law:

  • Makes all debt buyers and others who meet the definition of a collection agency subject to the Washington Collection Agency Act (RCW 19.16) and current administrative rules (WAC 308-29).
  • Clarifies that licensees are prohibited from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. This means that lawyers can practice law and also hold a collection agency license.

Rulemaking activity

There is no collection agency rulemaking activity at this time.

Explanation of abbreviations

  • RCW—Revised Code of Washington (Washington State laws)
  • WAC—Washington Administrative Code (Washington State agency regulations)

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