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Merchant Acquirers

The Department of Banking and Finance regulates Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Banks (MALPBs) that are chartered by the State of Georgia.

An MALPB is a type of special purpose bank, chartered under the Georgia Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank Act, O.C.G.A. § 7-9-1 et seq.  The law is intended to allow merchant acquirers, who qualify for and receive the special purpose charter, to enter card networks directly rather than operating through a financial institution sponsor. 


Add Department Accepts MALPB Charter Application from Credorax Bank North America, MALPB to your Calendar (ics)
Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:30pm to Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:00pm

On September 29, 2014, the Department accepted the merchant acquirer limited purpose bank (“MALPB”) charter application from Credorax Bank North America, MALPB (“Credorax”).  Pursuant to Department Rule 80-12-2-.07, the Department will receive public comments on Credorax’s charter application through October 29, 2014.  The public portion of Credorax’s application is available from the Department upon request directed to Murali Ramachandran, Corporate Manager, at murali@dbf.state.ga.us or (770) 986-1645.


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