A money service means a money changing service or a remittance service. It is an offence to operate a money service in Hong Kong without a license.
Money changing service means a service for exchanging of currencies that is operating in Hong Kong as a business, but not include those service that is incidental to the main business.
Remittance service means a service of one or more of the following that is operated in Hong Kong as a business:
- sending, or arranging for the sending of, money to a place outside Hong Kong;
- receiving, or arranging for the receipt of, money from a place outside Hong Kong;
- arranging for the receipt of money in a place outside Hong Kong.
One shall only operate a money service after being granted a license by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department. Normally, the Money Service Operators (“MSO”) License has a validity period of 2 years. Hence the licensee shall apply for renewal of license before expiration to continue its operation of money service.