Section 34-27A-51

Application; certificate of registration.

(a) Application for registration under this article shall be made in writing to the board on forms prescribed by the board and shall include all of the following:

(1) The name of the applicant.

(2) The business, physical, and email address of the applicant.

(3) A telephone number and other contact information for the applicant.

(4) If the applicant is a not an Alabama domestic corporation, the name and contact information for the registered agent of the applicant for service of process in this state.

(5) The name, address, and contact information of a principal contact for the applicant.

(6) Certification that the applicant verifies that any person added to an appraiser panel of the applicant, for the purpose of appraising property within the state, holds a license in good standing in this state pursuant to Article 1.

(7) Certification that the applicant requires that all appraisers shall have geographic competency to perform an appraisal assignment.

(8) Certification that the applicant reviews the work of all appraisers that are performing real estate appraisal services for the applicant on a periodic basis to verify that the real estate appraisal services are being conducted in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Article 1.

(9) Certification that the applicant maintains records of each service request that it receives and identification of the appraiser that performs the real estate appraisal services for the applicant.

(10) Certification that the applicant has a system in place to require that appraisals are conducted independently and free from inappropriate influence and coercion as required by the appraisal independence standards established under Section 129E of the Truth in Lending Act, including the requirement that fee appraisers be compensated at a customary and reasonable rate when the appraisal management company is providing services for a consumer credit transaction secured by the principal dwelling of the consumer.

(11) An irrevocable uniform consent to service of process.

(12) Any other information required by the board and reasonably necessary to complete registration.

(b) Upon receipt of a properly completed application for registration, the board shall issue to the applicant a certificate of registration authorizing the applicant to do business as a real estate appraisal management company in this state.

(c) Registration granted by the board pursuant to this article shall be valid for one year from the date on which it is issued.

(Act 2011-701, p. 2161, §3.)