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Collector Licence

Who Needs This Licence?

Anyone who is employed by a Collection Agency to trace debtors and/or collect accounts from debtors in Nova Scotia on behalf of third parties. For information on Collection Agency licensing, please see our page on Collection Agency License.

Also, Anyone who will act as the manager for a collection agency or one the agency branch locations.

Issuing Department / Agency:
  Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Application and / or further information?
  Contact: Business Licensing Section
Service Nova Scotia
  Telephone: 902-424-5200 (in metro)
  Toll-free: 1-800-670-4357 (within Nova Scotia)
  Visit: By Appointment Only - call 902-424-5552
  Business Hours: 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday (except holidays).
Application Forms & Process:

With this Licence, there are two different ways to submit your application form: 

A) You can send in a hard copy. You can get an application form by: 
       (1) downloading a form from our website; 
       (2) visiting any Access Nova Scotia Centre; or 
       (3) calling the office listed above. 

Regardless of the process used to apply for this licence, permit, registration or certificate, you must send in the signed original application containing your signature in ink. If a signed copy is not submitted, you will be requested to do so which may lead to a delay in the issuance process.

B) You can fill it out online. To do this, you must be able to pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express Credit Card. We cannot accept any form of Debit cards online at this time. 

If you wish to apply online, please make sure you have at hand the information listed below, then click here to begin.

Information you will need to fill out your application form:

  • Your prospective employer's name, address and NS Registry of Joint Stock Companies number.
  • Details are required if you have



  • ever been licensed under any provincial or federal statute
  • had a licence refused, suspended or revoked
  • been involved in a personal or corporate bankruptcy
  • unpaid judgements outstanding
  • been convicted of a offence under the law and not been pardoned
  • Your employment history for the past three years.

You can get a Licensing Guide online, any Access Nova Scotia Centre or have one mailed out by contacting Business Licensing Section listed above.

Applications for a Collector Licence must be signed by the employer, who must be an officer (or designate) of a licensed collection agency. 

The completed application is submitted to the Department, along with the applicable fee (see Price below).

If you apply online, you will be mailed a completed version of the application form for you to sign and in order for you to have the Certificate of Employer or Sponsor section of the application completed by an officer (or designate) of the company you will be representing.  You may then return the application by mail or fax, or in person to any Access Nova Scotia Centre.

The application process includes background criminal checks and suitability evaluations.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be sent to the employer by mail.

Waiting Period:

10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry & Renewal:
  This licence is valid to the end of the term of the employer's annual licence.  It can be renewed, the Department will send a renewal notice, but it is NOT sent to the individual licence holder.  Instead, it is included in the notice which is sent to the licensed company for whom the individual works.
Price: (No tax is charged)

Licence: $66.00
Manager Exam: $49.80

Payment Options

Payment for new applications only (not renewals) may be submitted online by visiting
-credit card payment only - (Visa, Master Card or American Express).

Drop Off
Any Access Nova Scotia Centre
- Cash, Cheque, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

By Mail
P.O. Box 1529, Halifax, NS  B3J 2Y4
- Cheque, Money Order, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

All cheques, money orders and bank drafts should be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Related Requirements:
Additional Information:


Legislative Authority: 
  Collection Agencies Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 77

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