Mortgage Broker/Lender Requirements

Mortgage Broker/Lender License General Requirements

Here are the steps generally required to obtain a Mortgage Broker/Lender License:

Applying for a Mortgage Broker/Lender License

  • NMLS Application fee
  • Credit Report fee
  • Criminal background check
  • Registered Agent
  • Qualified Individual
  • Surety Bond Requirements
  • In State branch Requirement (if applicable)
  • Foreign Registration with Secretary of State
Experience Qualifications
Most states require one to three years experience before you can able to be a licensed mortgage broker or lender.

Education and Testing Requirements 

You are also required to take 20 hours of classes through a state/NMLS-approved course provider. Upon completion of your education requirements, you will have to pass the National in-person test named “SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator Test – National Component with Uniform State Content” before you can apply for your license.

A test score of minimum of 75% is required. Qualified Individual Requirement Every mortgage brokerage firm is required to hire someone who will oversee the legal/regulatory requirements by ensuring that the company operates lawfully and follows all applicable rules and regulations. The title is referred to as a “qualified individual.” Typically, the QI is the person applying for the mortgage broker license. 

To be a QI, you must:

-Live where the company Headquarters office is located.

-Have the required industry-related experience 

-Pass the National “Uniform” exam 

-Complete State Specific online education (if Applicable)

Surety Bond Requirements 

Most states require a surety bond with the state you’re applying for to protect your clients from damages resulting from fraud, misrepresentation, and other forms of wrongful injury caused by you or your employees. The amount of the bond will depend on your previous year’s origination volume and if you’re applying for a broker or lender license. 

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