Payments received from an obligor under an open end consumer credit plan by the creditor shall be posted promptly to the obligor’s account as specified in regulations of the Bureau. Such regulations shall prevent a finance charge from being imposed on any obligor if the creditor has received the obligor’s payment in readily identifiable form, by 5:00 p.m. on the date on which such payment is due, in the amount, manner, and location indicated by the creditor to avoid the imposition thereof.
(b) Application of payments
(1) In general
Upon receipt of a payment from a cardholder, the card issuer shall apply amounts in excess of the minimum payment amount first to the card balance bearing the highest rate of interest, and then to each successive balance bearing the next highest rate of interest, until the payment is exhausted.
(2) Clarification relating to certain deferred interest arrangements
A creditor shall allocate the entire amount paid by the consumer in excess of the minimum payment amount to a balance on which interest is deferred during the last 2 billing cycles immediately preceding the expiration of the period during which interest is deferred.
(c) Changes by card issuer
If a card issuer makes a material change in the mailing address, office, or procedures for handling cardholder payments, and such change causes a material delay in the crediting of a cardholder payment made during the 60-day period following the date on which such change took effect, the card issuer may not impose any late fee or finance charge for a late payment on the credit card account to which such payment was credited.
Pub. L. 111–203, title X, §§ 1100A(2),
1100H,July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 2107, 2113, provided that, effective on the designated transfer date, this section is amended by striking “Board” each place that term appears and inserting “Bureau”. See Effective Date of 2010 Amendment note below.
Pub. L. 111–203, title X, §§ 1087,
1100H,July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 2086, 2113, provided that, effective on the designated transfer date, the Fair Credit Billing Act (title III of Pub. L. 93–495) is amended by striking “Board” each place that term appears and inserting “Bureau”. See Effective Date of 2010 Amendment note below.
2009—Pub. L. 111–24, § 104(1), substituted “Prompt and fair crediting of payments” for “Prompt crediting of payments” in section catchline, designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), and inserted subsec. (a) heading.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–24, § 104(2), (3), inserted “, by 5:00 p.m. on the date on which such payment is due,” after “in readily identifiable form” and substituted “manner, and location” for “manner, location, and time”.
Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 111–24, § 104(4), added subsecs. (b) and (c).
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.
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