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Some retailers act as creditors, financing the sales of their goods and services by allowing their customers to make payments over time.
Texas law requires creditors who originate, service, or collect on retail installment agreements to register with the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC) within 60 days from the time they begin financing.
Retailers that provide financing through third-party lenders are also required to register.
Acquiring A Registration & Existing Registrants
Businesses wishing to act as creditors can register by creating an account and submitting an application using ALECS. Please turn your browsers auto fill feature off prior to beginning your application. To avoid any potential glitches, please use Chrome or Firefox browsers.
To complete the annual renewal, log in to ALECS, click on Manage My Business and Renew Registration in the next screen. Select your registration type, check the disclaimer box and complete your payment. .
The registration & annual renewal fees are:
$15 for manufactured housing :
Creditors whose financing is governed by Chapter 347 of the Texas Finance Code.
$10 for all others
Creditors whose financing is governed by Chapter 345 of the Texas Finance Code.
Step by Step How to Guide- Online Renewal
Requirement to Register Retail Seller Locations (Feb. 17, 2022)
OCCC Notice on Retail Installment Contracts (Jan. 15, 2016)
Motorcycle Dealers: Registration and Documentary Fees (July 22, 2014)
Increased Documentary Fee (Aug. 27, 2013)
Debt Cancellation Agreements
Form Submission Information and Resources
Statutes & Rules
These are the primary statutes and rules that apply to registered creditors. This is not a complete list of laws that registered creditors are required to comply with.
Primary State Statutes
Chapter 345, Texas Finance Code: Retail Installment Sales
Chapter 347, Texas Finance Code: Manufactured Home Credit Transactions
Title 7, Chapter 86, Texas Administrative Code
Other State Statutes
Texas Constitution and Statutes
Federal Statutes & Rules
U.S. Government Publishing Office