California Financial Code
When authorized by the commissioner as provided in this chapter, a corporation may be organized under the laws of this state, or an existing California corporation may amend its articles of incorporation, to engage in an industrial loan business. Except as otherwise provided in this division, an industrial loan company may be incorporated pursuant to Division 1 (commencing with Section 100), Title 1, of the Corporations Code.
Each industrial loan company, other than a premium finance agency, that has issued and has outstanding thrift obligations shall, as a condition to its authority to conduct business under this division, participate as a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
If the commissioner approves an application to engage in business as an industrial loan company filed pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 18115) of this chapter, he shall issue a certificate in duplicate authorizing the organization of the corporation, or the amendment of its articles of incorporation, and specifying the date on which, and the conditions under which, it may commence business as an industrial loan company, including the place where it will be located.
Upon filing an application for approval of proposed articles of incorporation with the commissioner, or upon filing an amendment to the articles of a proposed industrial loan company changing the name of an existing corporation, the incorporators shall file an application for a certificate of reservation of the name of the proposed company as set forth in the articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State pursuant to Section 201 of the Corporations Code. The application filed with the Secretary of State shall recite the fact of the pendency of the application and the Secretary of State shall issue a certificate of reservation upon such an application for a certificate and upon payment of any required fee. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 201 of the Corporations Code, the name contained in the certificate of reservation shall be reserved to the applicant until the commissioner refuses to issue a certificate of approval or, if a certificate is issued, as long as a certificate continues in force or effect, or for a period of up to one year from the date when the application is filed in accordance with this article, pending the applicant's fulfillment of any requirements precedent to opening for business. The Secretary of State may, upon the request of the applicant and the approval of the commissioner, extend the reservation of the name for an additional six months.
Companies authorized to engage in the industrial loan business after the effective date of the act which added this section shall have the words "industrial loan company," "investment and loan," "thrift company," "thrift and loan company," or "bank" as part of the company name included in the articles of incorporation.
The articles of incorporation of an industrial loan company, in addition to the statement required by subdivision (b) of Section 202 of the Corporations Code, shall expressly state that its purpose is to engage in an industrial loan business pursuant to this division. The Secretary of State shall not file articles for the incorporation of an industrial loan company or an amendment to the articles of an existing corporation to engage in an industrial loan business unless there is filed with the Secretary of State a duplicate of the certificate issued by the commissioner pursuant to Section 18101.
An industrial loan company's certificate to engage in the industrial loan business is not transferable or assignable.
Except as otherwise authorized under existing law, no person, unless lawfully authorized to do business in this state under the provisions of this division and who is actually engaged in carrying on an industrial loan business, shall:
(a) Do business under any name or title that contains the following terms:
(1) "Industrial Loan Company."
(2) "Investment and Loan Company."
(3) "Thrift Company."
(4) "Thrift and Loan Company."
(b) Use any name or sign, or circulate or use any letterhead, billhead, circular, or paper, whatever, or advertise or represent in any manner that indicates or reasonably implies that the business is the character or kind of business carried on or transacted by an industrial loan business or is likely to lead any person to believe that the business is that of an industrial loan company.