(a) Information clearly and conspicuously disclosed; “annual percentage rate” and “finance charge”; order of disclosures and use of different terminology
Information required by this subchapter shall be disclosed clearly and conspicuously, in accordance with regulations of the Bureau. The terms “annual percentage rate” and “finance charge” shall be disclosed more conspicuously than other terms, data, or information provided in connection with a transaction, except information relating to the identify of the creditor. Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, regulations of the Bureau need not require that disclosures pursuant to this subchapter be made in the order set forth in this subchapter and, except as otherwise provided, may permit the use of terminology different from that employed in this subchapter if it conveys substantially the same meaning.
(b) Optional information by creditor or lessor
Any creditor or lessor may supply additional information or explanation with any disclosures required under parts D and E of this subchapter and, except as provided in sections
1638(b)(1) of this title, under this part.
(c) Tabular format required for certain disclosures under section
(1) In general
The information described in paragraphs (1)(A), (3)(B)(i)(I), (4)(A), and (4)(C)(i)(I) of section
1637(c) of this title shall be—
(A)disclosed in the form and manner which the Bureau shall prescribe by regulations; and
(B)placed in a conspicuous and prominent location on or with any written application, solicitation, or other document or paper with respect to which such disclosure is required.
(2) Tabular format
(A) Form of table to be prescribed
In the regulations prescribed under paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection, the Bureau shall require that the disclosure of such information shall, to the extent the Bureau determines to be practicable and appropriate, be in the form of a table which—
(i)contains clear and concise headings for each item of such information; and
(ii)provides a clear and concise form for stating each item of information required to be disclosed under each such heading.
(B) Bureau discretion in prescribing order and wording of table
In prescribing the form of the table under subparagraph (A), the Bureau may—
(i)list the items required to be included in the table in a different order than the order in which such items are set forth in paragraph (1)(A) or (4)(A) of section
1637(c) of this title; and
(ii)subject to subparagraph (C), employ terminology which is different than the terminology which is employed in section
1637(c) of this title if such terminology conveys substantially the same meaning.
(C) Grace period
Either the heading or the statement under the heading which relates to the time period referred to in section
1637(c)(1)(A)(iii) of this title shall contain the term “grace period”.
(d) Additional electronic disclosures
(1) Posting agreements
Each creditor shall establish and maintain an Internet site on which the creditor shall post the written agreement between the creditor and the consumer for each credit card account under an open-end consumer credit plan.
(2) Creditor to provide contracts to the Bureau
Each creditor shall provide to the Bureau, in electronic format, the consumer credit card agreements that it publishes on its Internet site.
(3) Record repository
The Bureau shall establish and maintain on its publicly available Internet site a central repository of the consumer credit card agreements received from creditors pursuant to this subsection, and such agreements shall be easily accessible and retrievable by the public.
This subsection shall not apply to individually negotiated changes to contractual terms, such as individually modified workouts or renegotiations of amounts owed by a consumer under an open end consumer credit plan.
The Bureau, in consultation with the other Federal banking agencies (as that term is defined in section
1681a of this title) and the Bureau, may promulgate regulations to implement this subsection, including specifying the format for posting the agreements on the Internet sites of creditors and establishing exceptions to paragraphs (1) and (2), in any case in which the administrative burden outweighs the benefit of increased transparency, such as where a credit card plan has a de minimis number of consumer account holders.
1980—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–221substituted provisions setting forth form of disclosure to meet requirements of this subchapter, for provisions setting forth form of disclosure authorized under this part or part D of this subchapter.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–221substituted provisions setting forth disclosure requirements for additional information by creditors or lessors, for provisions setting forth disclosure requirements for additional information by creditors.
1974—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 93–495inserted references to part D of this subchapter.
Effective Date of 2010 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 111–203effective on the designated transfer date, see section 1100H ofPub. L. 111–203, set out as a note under section
552a of Title
5, Government Organization and Employees.
Effective Date of 2009 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 111–24effective 9 months after May 22, 2009, except as otherwise specifically provided, see section 3 ofPub. L. 111–24, set out as a note under section
1602 of this title.
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment
For effective date of amendments by Pub. L. 100–709, see Regulations; Effective Date note below.
Effective Date of 1980 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 96–221effective on expiration of two years and six months after Mar. 31, 1980, with all regulations, forms, and clauses required to be prescribed to be promulgated at least one year prior to such effective date, and allowing any creditor to comply with any amendments, in accordance with the regulations, forms, and clauses prescribed by the Board prior to such effective date, see section 625 ofPub. L. 96–221, set out as a note under section
1602 of this title.
For provisions relating to promulgation of regulations to implement amendment by Pub. L. 100–709, and effective date of such amendment in connection with those regulations, see section 7 ofPub. L. 100–709, set out as a note under section
1637a of this title.
For provisions relating to promulgation of regulations to implement amendment by Pub. L. 100–583, and effective date of such amendment in connection with those regulations, see section 7 ofPub. L. 100–583, set out as a note under section
1637 of this title.
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