The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation ("DFPI") announced that debt collectors licensed prior to January 1, 2024, will be required to file an annual report by March 15, 2024, through the DFPI portal.

This will be the first year that the annual report requirement goes into effect and follows the DFPI's announcement that the proposed annual report regulations were finalized. With the March 15th deadline approaching, California debt collectors should prepare by reviewing and compiling the required information.

Debt collector licensees should expect to report California collection activity for 2023, including information relating to:

  1. California debtor accounts purchased;
  2. California debtor accounts collected;
  3. face value dollar amount of California debtor accounts in the licensee's portfolio;
  4. outstanding debt amounts that remain uncollected;
  5. net proceeds generated by California debtor accounts;
  6. whether the licensee acted as a debt collector, debt buyer, or both; and
  7. litigation or enforcement actions regarding debt collection practices.

It will be important to take note that the reporting requirement relates to the activity that occurred in the preceding year. To read more click here.