All licensees shall notify the commissioner of any changes in shareholders, directors, officers, trustees, managers, and other persons participating in the escrow business directly or indirectly compensated by the escrow agent (other than usual and customary employees who file pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 17414.1 and Section 17419), by filing by certified mail, return receipt requested, for those persons a statement of identity and questionnaire, as prescribed by the commissioner for those persons, and fingerprint images and related information, submitted using the process established by the Department of Justice for requesting state and federal summary criminal history information. Persons who have previously submitted fingerprints or fingerprint images and related information to the commissioner may so notify the commissioner and need not submit additional fingerprint images and related information unless requested to do so by the commissioner. The commissioner shall provide written notice to both the licensee and to the person if any of the information received pursuant to this division shows that the person’s employment, participation, or ownership interest would be in violation of Section 17414.1, and upon that notification the escrow agent shall deny the person the employment or interest. No person shall have access to trust funds or sign checks or otherwise perform any activities related to the processing of escrow transactions after the licensed escrow agent has been notified by the commissioner that the person’s employment, participation, or ownership interest is in violation of Section 17414.1. The requirements set forth in this section are in addition to those required under Section 17213.

The commissioner may by regulation require licensees to file at such times as he or she may specify additional information as he or she may reasonably require regarding any changes in the information provided in any application filed pursuant to this division.

Terms Used In California Financial Code 17212.1

  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • escrow agent: as used in this division includes joint control agents and Internet escrow agents. See California Government Code 25831
  • Person: includes any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, limited liability company, syndicate, estate, trust, business trust, or organization of any kind. See California Education Code 18561

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 262, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2009.)