Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Renewals on the NMLS

You should have received an email from the Nationwide Mortgage License System (NMLS) notifying you that the renewal season is about to start. If you live in a state that has transitioned onto the NMLS, you need to renew your license. For states whose license period was not the calendar year, this may seem strange. When you moved your licensing record onto the NMLS, you were advised that all licenses would, in the future, expire on December 31st. Renewal fees for some states were prorated to accommodate the change in renewal dates.

In order to renew all of the licenses that you have on the NMLS, you need to review your records to make sure that all of the information is accurate. You can start doing that as of October 13th. Even if there are no changes, you must attest that your records are accurate. Regardless of whether there are any changes, each state may require that you send in additional paperwork, such as financial statements, continuation certificates for surety bonds, or proof that continuing education requirements have been met. Those additional documents must be submitted to the licensing agency within 5 days of your renewing your license. To find out what additional documentation is required, you need to check the NMLS website here:

Don’t forget that, in those states that license individual loan officers, each loan officer must update his/her record and renew his/her license. After that is done, the company must finish up the loan officer renewal process. Renewal for the company cannot be completed until after loan officer licensing is finished.

Remember that all license renewals must be reviewed by the state banking departments so get your renewals done by December 1, 2008. If you wait, your license may expire before your renewal license is issued.