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More On Licensing / Having Actual Business Location Within The State And Contract Compliance - November 28, 2016

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MORE ON LICENSING
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Ken
    With regards to your commentary of November 16, 2016.  If a license holder is retired (not an employee the company) and allowing that company to use his license, regardless of any agreement, he is selling his license.  If he is performing this for more than one company, he is selling his license.  In CT it is a fineable offense.
J Yusza Jr
Monitor Controls Inc
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RESPONSE
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    I understand your position but it ignores the possibility that the license holder is actually going to perform all activities and assume all responsibility required of the license holder.  That is exactly why the Qualifier Agreement is necessary.  If looking for a license holder or if you'd like to hold the license for a company contact our Contract Administrator Eileen Wagda at 516 747 6700 x 312; she maintains the list and makes the match,  or, you can DIY on The Alarm Exchange in the License Holders and those looking for Qualifiers category.
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HAVING ACTUAL BUSINESS LOCATION WITHIN THE STATE AND CONTRACT COMPLIANCE
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Ken;
    On some state license applications they ask for in-state Principal Office Address, New York and Maryland as examples.   When expanding to an adjacent state, opening and staffing a physical location can be cost prohibitive when you don't have a fat book of business in the state to justify the cost which may not come for some period of time.  If a company were to use their Registered Agent (with their permission) or a virtual office space, is that complying with the law?
Name Withheld
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    Each state has its own requirements when it comes to licensing.  Having a physical office within the state may be one requirement and if it is, then you have to comply.  You need to check the statute carefully to see what is required.  For example, you mention New York.  New York doesn't require a physical office for the conduct of business.  It does require that a licensed company maintain an office where the license is posted and all customer files and employee files are maintained.  This is referred to as a Secondary Office.  My office serves as a Secondary Office for many companies.  We post the licenses, maintain the files, get mail from the licensing agency and communicate with the licensed alarm companies.  We provide a Secondary Office Agreement.  This is not circumventing the law, it's complying with the law.  Same as getting a license holder and entering into a Qualifier Agreement.  For more information on our Secondary Office Agreement and service contact our Contract Administrator Eileen Wagda at 516 747 6700 x 312.
    You have to check each state to check requirements.  Some states require an office address but no office; some a registered agent to accept service of process.  Be sure to comply with the office regulation and all other license requirements.  Many of these requirements, by the way, affect the contract with the consumer.  Our Standard Form Agreements are customized state by state to comply.  We check the latest terminology required, font size and placement, layout and other contractual requirements. Importantly, we understand your business so we know what laws apply.  Often confusing alarm industry contracts with home improvement contracts or retail installment or retail finance contracts ends up with unnecessary provisions.  
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