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A. This article does not apply to any of the following:
1. An operator of a payment system that provides processing, clearing or settlement services between or among persons exempted by this section or licensees in connection with wire transfers, credit card transactions, debit card transactions, stored value transactions, automated clearinghouse transfers or similar transfers of money.
2. A person appointed as an agent of a payee to collect and process a payment from a payor to the payee for goods or services, other than money transmission, provided to the payor by the payee, if all of the following apply:
(a) A written agreement exists between the payee and the agent directing the agent to collect and process payments from payors on the payee's behalf.
(b) The payee holds the agent out to the public as accepting payments for goods or services on the payee's behalf.
(c) Payment for the goods and services is treated as received by the payee on receipt by the agent so that the payor's obligation is extinguished and there is no risk of loss to the payor if the agent fails to remit the money to the payee.
3. A person that acts as an intermediary by processing payments between an entity that has directly incurred an outstanding money transmission obligation to a sender and the sender's designated recipient, if the entity meets all of the following criteria:
(a) Is properly licensed or exempt from the licensing requirements under this article.
(b) Provides a receipt, electronic record or other written confirmation to the sender identifying the entity as the provider of money transmission in the transaction.
(c) Bears sole responsibility to satisfy the outstanding money transmission obligation to the sender, including the obligation to make the sender whole in connection with any failure to transmit the money to the sender's designated recipient.
4. The United States or a department, an agency or an instrumentality of the United States or its agent.
5. Money transmission by the United States postal service or by an agent of the United States postal service.
6. A state, county, city or town or any other governmental agency or governmental subdivision or instrumentality of a state or its agent.
7. A federally insured depository financial institution, bank holding company, office of an international banking corporation, foreign bank that establishes a federal branch pursuant to 12 United States Code section 3102, a corporation organized as a bank service company pursuant to 12 United States Code sections 1861 through 1867 or a corporation organized pursuant to 12 United States Code sections 611 through 633.
8. Electronic funds transfer of governmental benefits for a federal, state, county or governmental agency by a contractor on behalf of the United States or a department, agency or instrumentality of the United States or on behalf of a state or governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality of a state.
9. A board of trade designated as a contract market under the commodity exchange act (7 United States Code sections 1 through 26) or a person that, in the ordinary course of business, provides clearance and settlement services for a board of trade to the extent of its operation as or for the board of trade.
10. A registered futures commission merchant under the federal commodities laws to the extent of its operation as a merchant.
11. A person registered as a securities broker or dealer under federal or state securities laws to the extent of the person's operation.
12. An individual employed by a licensee, an authorized delegate or any person exempt from the licensing requirements of this article when acting within the scope of employment and under the supervision of the licensee, authorized delegate or exempt person as an employee and not as an independent contractor.
13. A person expressly appointed as a third-party service provider to or agent of an entity exempt under paragraph 7 of this subsection solely to the extent that both:
(a) The service provider or agent is engaging in money transmission on behalf of and pursuant to a written agreement with the exempt entity that sets forth the specific functions that the service provider or agent is to perform.
(b) The exempt entity assumes all risk of loss and all legal responsibility for satisfying the outstanding money transmission obligations owed to purchasers and holders of the outstanding money transmission obligations on receipt of the purchaser's or holder's money or monetary value by the service provider or agent.
14. A person exempt by regulation or order if the director finds such exemption to be in the public interest and that regulating the person is not necessary for the purposes of this article.
B. The director may require that any person claiming to be exempt from licensing pursuant to this section provide information and documentation to the director demonstrating that the person qualifies for any claimed exemption.