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  ( Division 7 repealed and added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 964. )

CHAPTER 5. Administration and Powers of the Commissioner [18339 - 18427.11]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 964. )

ARTICLE 2. Examinations [18390 - 18396]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 964. )


For the purpose of discovering violations of this division or securing information required, the commissioner may at any time investigate the affairs and examine the books, accounts, records, and files of every corporation engaged in the business of an industrial loan company or broker, or its holding company or affiliates, whether such corporation acts or claims to act as principal or agent, or under or without the authority of this division. For the purposes of examination and investigation, the commissioner and the commissioner’s duly designated representatives shall have free access to the offices and places of business, books, accounts, papers, records, files, safes and vaults of all such corporations and their holding companies or affiliates.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 418, Sec. 3.)


Whenever in the judgment of the commissioner the condition of any industrial loan company renders it necessary or expedient to devote any extraordinary attention to its affairs, the commissioner may make any extra examination or investigation and perform any necessary services in connection with its affairs.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 964.)


The industrial loan company examined shall pay to the commissioner the cost of any examination, investigation or services, including the salary or other compensation paid to the persons making the examination or investigation or rendering services, and overhead costs in connection therewith as fixed by the commissioner. In determining the cost of examination, investigation, or services, the commissioner may use the estimated average hourly cost for all persons performing examinations, investigations, or services for industrial loan companies for the fiscal year.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 946, Sec. 4.)


The commissioner shall, upon receipt of written notification by an industrial loan company that it intends to engage in or is engaging in transactions permitted under Section 18209, make an examination of the affairs and records of each such industrial loan company at least once each year. Such examination shall be made or performed unless such company notifies the commissioner of its election to discontinue such activity and gives evidence that it has disposed of all evidences of indebtedness arising from any such transactions.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 964.)


Investigation and examination reports prepared by the commissioner’s duly designated representatives shall not be public records. Those reports may be disclosed to the officers and directors of a company which is the subject of a report for the purpose of corrective action by those officers or directors. Any such disclosure shall not operate as a waiver of the exemption specified in subdivision (d) of Section 6254 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 537, Sec. 1.)


(a) In this section, “governmental agency” includes, without limitation, any agency of this state, of any other state of the United States, of the United States, or of any foreign nation.

(b) The commissioner may furnish information to a governmental agency that regulates financial institutions.

(c) The commissioner may furnish to a governmental agency that administers a loan guarantee or similar program, information relating to a person who participates in the program.

(d) The commissioner may furnish to a governmental agency that regulates business activities, other than the type described in subdivision (b), information relating to:

(1) A suspected violation of a law administered by the agency.

(2) A person involved in an application to the agency for a license, approval, or other authorization.

(e) The commissioner may furnish to a governmental agency that is a law enforcement agency, information relating to a suspected crime.

(f) This section does not prescribe the only circumstances under which the commissioner may furnish information.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 479, Sec. 5. Effective October 2, 1995.)

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