The Complete Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker License Guide (2021)
Mortgage professionals in Pennsylvania have to undergo a licensing procedure with state authorities in order to launch their operations. You need to get a Pennsylvania mortgage broker license, so that you comply with applicable rules.
The licensing body is the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. The process is handled by the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS).
In order to obtain a Pennsylvania mortgage licenses, you have to fulfill a range of requirements. You can delve into the details in the guide below.
Choose a Mortgage License Type
There are different license types that you can apply for, depending on your exact activities:
- Mortgage Broker License (company) – negotiating and arranging first and secondary loans
- Mortgage Lender License (company) – originating and closing first and secondary loans with own funds
- Mortgage Loan Correspondent License (company) – originating and closing loans with wholesale table funders or other
- Mortgage Originator License (individual) – working with loan applications and negotiating loan terms
You can find the full list of license types on the NMLS website.
Meet the Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker License Requirements
The Department has defined strict criteria that you have to satisfy, so that you can launch your mortgage business. They are slightly different for each license type.
When applying for a company license (broker, lender or loan correspondent), you have to provide your business registration documents from the Department of State.
You also have to showcase the following documents:
- Trade name (if applicable) – registration with the Department of State
- Business plan
- Organizational chart
- Policies and procedures
- Books and records location
Criminal Background Checks
You have to provide an FBI fingerprint check, as well as a criminal background history check from the Pennsylvania State Police. For companies, this applies for all control persons, including the qualifying individual.
Credit Report and Financial Statements
You have to authorize a credit report for all license types. For mortgage companies in Pennsylvania, all control persons have to provide such a report.
In addition, you also have to showcase your latest financial statements for the previous fiscal year.
Mortgage lenders in PA have to demonstrate proof of a line of credit or mortgage-funding capability of not less than $1,000,000.
Education and State Exams
All applicants have to complete 20 hours of NMLS approved pre-licensure training, including 3 hours of Pennsylvania law. Then you also have to pass a state test.
Provide a Surety Bond
Most mortgage professionals in Pennsylvania have to provide a surety bond as a part of the licensing process. It ensures your legal compliance.
The amounts of the Pennsylvania mortgage broker bond vary by license type:
- Pennsylvania mortgage brokers – between $50,000 and $150,000 depending on the amount of loan originations in the state, and $100,000 if accepting advanced fees
- Mortgage lenders – between $100,000 and $500,000 depending on the amount of loan originations in the state
- Mortgage loan correspondents – between $100,000 and $500,000 depending on the amount of loan originations in the state, and $100,000 if accepting advanced fees
The bonding process entails that you cover a small fraction of the required amount. It is based on the strength of your personal and business finances. Applicants with stable finances can expect rates between 0.5% and 5%.
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Complete the Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker License Application
Once you’ve made sure that you meet all licensing requirements, you can complete the application form for your license type. You can submit all documents online.
If some of the paperwork has to be sent to the Department, within 5 business days you have to mail it to:
Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities
Non-Depository Licensing Office
17 N 2nd Street, Ste 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2290
License and Registration Fees
When submitting your application, you also have to pay the applicable fees:
- Mortgage broker – $1,100, plus a $15 credit report fee per control person
- Mortgage lender and loan correspondent – $1,600, plus a $15 credit report fee per control person
- Mortgage originator – $230, plus a $15 credit report fee and $36.25 criminal background check fee
Have more questions about getting your Pennsylvania mortgage broker license and bonding? Don’t hesitate to call us at 877.514.5146.
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