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Interested in serving on the Collection Agency Board?

We currently have an opening for a public member on the board. If you’re interested in filling this seat, please apply right away at http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards/application/default.aspx

For complete details, see Washington State Collection Agency Board.

New law adds “debt buyers” to the definition of collection agency

A new amendment to the Washington Collection Agency Act was adopted by the 2013 Legislature. The amending bill, ESHB 1822, adds “debt buyers” to the definition of a collection agency. All debt buyers and others who meet the definition of a collection agency are now subject to the Washington Collection Agency Act (RCW 19.16) and current administrative rules (WAC 308-29).

The revised law also 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.

We encourage potential applicants to submit their license applications as soon as possible.

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