Seller of Checks

​Licensed under chapter 217 of the Wisconsin Statutes, sellers of checks engage in the business of transmitting money and/or selling or issuing checks, including money orders, traveler's checks and prepaid cards.

Wisconsin seller of checks licensees are required to maintain their Wisconsin licenses on the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry (NMLS).   Information about Wisconsin seller of checks licensing is found in the NMLS Resource Center and information about licensed Wisconsin sellers of checks is found on the NMLS Consumer Access website.

2023 WI Act 267 & the Money Transmitter Modernization Act

WI Act 267 was signed by Governor Evers on April 4, 2024, and will become effective on January 1, 2025. The act repeals and replaces Chapter 217 of the Wisconsin Statutes, currently known as the Seller of Checks law. The current Seller of Checks license is being renamed the Money Transmitter license.

Existing Seller of Checks licensees will not be required to reapply but will be required to comply with the Money Transmitters law beginning January 1, 2025.  Beginning September 1, 2024, the division will begin accepting applications through NMLS under the new money transmitter law. The name of the license will be Money Transmitter. The division encourages companies requiring a license to apply now as a Seller of Checks under the current law with the understanding that they must comply with the new law by January 1, 2025.  

More information about the new law is found here.

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Helpful Information

  • Virtual Currency:  Wis. Stat. ch. 217, the "Seller of Checks" law, does not currently give the Department of Financial Institutions the authority to regulate virtual currency. The Division of Banking (division) is therefore unable to license or supervise companies whose business activities are limited to those involving virtual currency. However, should the transmission of virtual currency include the involvement of sovereign currency, it may be subject to licensure depending on how the transaction is structured. The division would encourage companies to consult with their legal counsel to determine whether the business activities they plan to conduct meet those defined in chapter 217 as requiring licensure. Please be advised, this position is given subject to subsequent changes required by any regulations or interpretations by the division under chapter 217.
  • Notice to Customers:  The Division of Banking is aware that some of the companies it has licensed to sell or issue checks or receive sovereign currency for transmission, may also transmit virtual currency. Please be advised that the virtual currency activities of those licensees are not subject to the statutory authority of the division under Wis. Stat. ch. 217.
  • Cybersecurity Resources:
    • Cybersecurity 101 – a resource developed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors intended to be an easily-digestible, non-technical reference guide to help executives develop a comprehensive, responsive cybersecurity program in line with best practices.
    • Ransomware Self-Assessment Tool – a resource developed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors in conjunction with the Bankers Electronic Crimes Taskforce and the United States Secret Service which contains important controls that all types of companies should use to assess their efforts to mitigate risks associated with ransomware and to identify opportunities for increasing security.

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