Section 8-19A-5

Licensing; application for license.

(a) Prior to doing business in this state, a commercial telephone seller shall obtain a license from the division. Doing business in this state includes both telephone solicitation from a location in Alabama and solicitation from other states or nations of purchasers located in Alabama.

(b) An applicant for a license as a commercial telephone seller shall submit to the division, in the form prescribed, a written application for the license. The application shall set forth the following information:

(1) The true name, date of birth, driver's license number, Social Security number, and home address of the applicant, including each name under which he or she intends to do business.

(2) Each business or occupation engaged in by the applicant during the three years immediately preceding the date of the application, and the location thereof.

(3) The previous experience of the applicant as a commercial telephone seller or salesperson.

(4) Whether the applicant has previously been arrested for, convicted of, or is under indictment or information for, a felony and, if so, the nature of the felony. Conviction includes a finding of guilt where adjudication has been withheld.

(5) Whether the applicant has previously been convicted of, or is under indictment or information for, racketeering or any offense involving fraud, theft, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, or misappropriation of property. Conviction includes a finding of guilt where adjudication has been withheld.

(6) Whether there has ever been a judicial or administrative finding that the applicant has previously been convicted of acting as a salesperson without a license, or whether a license has previously been refused, revoked, or suspended in any jurisdiction.

(7) Whether the applicant has worked for, or been affiliated with, a company that has had entered against it an injunction, a temporary restraining order, or a final judgment or order, including a stipulated judgment or order, an assurance of voluntary compliance, or any similar document, in any civil or administrative action involving racketeering, fraud, theft, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, or misappropriation of property or the use of any untrue, deceptive, or misleading representation or the use of any unfair, unlawful, or deceptive trade practice.

(8) Whether the applicant has had entered against him or her an injunction, a temporary restraining order, or a final judgment or order, including a stipulated judgment or order, an assurance of voluntary compliance, or any similar document, in any civil or administrative action involving racketeering, fraud, theft, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, or misappropriation of property or the use of any untrue, deceptive, or misleading representation or the use of any unfair, unlawful, or deceptive trade practice; and whether or not there is any litigation pending against the applicant.

(9) The name of any parent or affiliated entity that:

a. Will engage in a business transaction with the purchaser relating to any sale solicited by the applicant.

b. Accepts responsibility or is otherwise held out by the applicant as being responsible for any statement or act of the applicant relating to any sale solicited by the applicant.

(10) The complete street address of each location, designating the principal location, from which the applicant will be doing business. If any location is a mail drop, this shall be disclosed.

(11) A list of all telephone numbers currently used or to be used by the applicant, with the address where each telephone having these numbers will be located.

(12) The true name, current home address, date of birth, Social Security number, and all other names by which each person below is now known, or was previously known:

a. Principal officer, director, trustee, shareholder, owner, or partner of the applicant, and every other person responsible for the management of the business of the applicant.

b. Office manager or other person principally responsible for a location from which the applicant will do business.

c. Salesperson(s) or other person(s) to be employed by the applicant.

(c) The application shall be accompanied by a copy of any: Script, outline, or presentation the applicant will require or suggest a salesperson to use when soliciting, or, if no document is used, a statement to that effect; sales information or literature to be provided by the applicant to a salesperson; and sales information or literature to be provided by the applicant to a purchaser in connection with any solicitation.

(d) When an application sets forth information regarding an applicant as described in subdivisions (4) to (8), inclusive, of subsection (b), the applicant shall:

(1) Identify the court or administrative agency rendering the conviction, judgment, or order against the person or pending litigation.

(2) Provide the docket number of the matter; the date of the conviction, judgment, or order; and the name of the governmental agency, if any, that brought the action resulting in the conviction, judgment, or order. The applicant shall also include all pending civil or criminal litigation.

(e) If the applicant is other than a natural person, or if any parent or affiliated entity is identified pursuant to subsection (b)(9), the applicant shall, for itself and any entity, identify its place of organization and:

(1) In the case of a partnership, provide a copy of any written partnership agreement.

(2) In the case of a corporation, provide a copy of its articles of incorporation and bylaws.

(f) An application filed pursuant to this chapter shall be verified and accompanied by:

(1) A bond, letter of credit, or certificate of deposit satisfying the requirements of Section 8-19A-10.

(2) An annual license fee in the amount of $500.00.

(g) The division shall issue a license number to all commercial telephone sellers.

(h) It is a violation of this chapter for a commercial telephone seller to:

(1) Fail to maintain a valid license.

(2) Advertise that one is licensed as a commercial seller or represent that the licensing constitutes approval or endorsement by any government or governmental office or agency.

(3) Provide inaccurate or incomplete information to the division when making a license application.

(4) Misrepresent that a person is registered or that a person has a valid license number.

(Acts 1994, No. 94-650, p. 1220, §5.)