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 Getting Started: State-Licensed Companies

​​​If you are a federally chartered or insured institution, go to the Federal Registry Resource Center.

NMLS is the system of record for nonbank, financial services licensing and registration in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. All jurisdictions manage mortgage licenses on NMLS and 63 regulatory agencies use NMLS for issuing licenses in the money services businesses, debt, and consumer finance industries.

Getting Started

Step 1 - Determine if an NMLS account is necessary

Go to the State Licensing page to review the state agency's licensing requirements to:

  • Apply for a license
  • Transition an existing license

The State Licensing Requirements page provides license descriptions and checklists for licenses managed through NMLS. The NMLS Expanded Industries page provides information on additional financial service industries that manage licenses on NMLS.

Step 2 - Complete the Company Account Request Form

You must create an NMLS account to apply for a state license, register, or transition an existing license.

Complete the Company Account Request Form. When the request is validated by the NMLS Entitlement Group, the system will create an account for the company and issue usernames and passwords to the designated Account Administrators. 

 Note for Sole Proprietors:

Sole proprietors are required to have two accounts, one for the company record and one for the individual record. A company account request form is required to obtain a company account.

Step 3 - Complete the Company Form

Complete the Company Form (MU1) to apply for a state license (or registration) or transition an existing license. Individual Forms for certain control people, direct and indirect owners, executive officers, branch managers, and qualifying individuals​ may also be required.

Review the following resources for assistance with completing the Company Form (MU1):

Optional: Complete Branch Forms

Submit the Branch Form (MU3) to apply for a state license, registration, or transition an existing license for a specific branch location once the company form is complete. 

Review the following resources for assistance with completing the Branch Form (MU3) :

Does your company employ mortgage loan originators (MLOs)?

Review the following resources on ​MLO requirements and how to sponsor them if your company employs MLOs.

NOTE: All company control persons in the mortgage,​ money services businesses, debt, and consumer finance industries must create an individual (MU2) account. 

A​dditional Requirements

There are common requirements that be apply to​ your entity. Review the resources below to determine what pertains to your company's license:

 

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