(a) An application for a license as an escrow agent shall be in writing and in such form as is prescribed by the commissioner. The application shall be verified by the oath of the applicant.
(b) Notwithstanding any other law, the commissioner may by rule or order prescribe circumstances under which to accept electronic records or electronic signatures. This section does not require the commissioner to accept electronic records or electronic signatures.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Electronic record” means an initial license application,
or material modification of that license application, and any other record created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means. “Electronic records” also includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(A) An application, amendment, supplement, and exhibit, filed for any order, license, consent, or other authority.
(B) A financial statement, report, or advertising.
(C) An order, license, consent, or other authority.
(D) A notice of public hearing, accusation, and statement of issues in connection with any application, registration, order, license, consent, or other authority.
(E) A proposed decision of a hearing officer and a decision of the
(F) The transcripts of a hearing and correspondence between a party and the commissioner directly relating to the record.
(G) A release, newsletter, interpretive opinion, determination, or specific ruling.
(H) Correspondence between a party and the commissioner directly relating to any document listed in subparagraphs (A) to (G), inclusive.
(2) “Electronic signature” means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with an electronic record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the electronic record.
(d) The Legislature finds and declares that the Department of Business Oversight has continuously implemented methods to
accept records filed electronically, and is encouraged to continue to expand its use of electronic filings to the extent feasible, as budget, resources, and equipment are made available to accomplish that goal.