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The District of Columbia (DC), Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking Division also known as the Division administers through the National Mortgage Licensing System, the licensing of mortgage brokers, mortgage lenders and mortgage dual authority lenders and brokers. The District of Columbia Regulations Title 26-C defines the regulations for mortgage brokers. Mortgage brokers must obtain a license and surety bond prior to offering any mortgage related services. The surety bond ensures compliance of state laws and honest and ethical services to clients.

Surety Bond Requirements:

A surety bond is required based on the total dollar volume of the loans written.

 Total Dollar Volume of Loans Minimum Bond Required
 $1,000,000 or less $12,500 surety bond
 More than $1,000,000 but less than $2,000,000 $17,500 surety bond
 More than $2,000,000 but less than $3,000,000 $25,000 surety bond
 More than $3,000,000 $50,000 surety bond

The Division may approve a $200,000 blanket surety bond for businesses with multiple locations. Each location will still require an individual application to be submitted for approval.

License Requirements:

  1. Complete all pre-licensing education and take the written examinations and earn a passing grade.
  2. Complete the required mortgage broker license found on the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) and pay the applicable FBI Criminal Background Check Fee, NMLS processing fee, and credit report fee.
  3. Obtain a Certificate of Registration from the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs(DCRA).
  4. A credit report must be obtained for each person of control of the business and they must complete the Identity Verification Process (IDV).
  5. For applicants with previous District of Columbia mortgage broker activity, provide details on the type of activity, transactions, dollar volume, time period and any other pertinent information.
  6. Provide formation documentation such as the business Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement, Partnership Agreement, Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Charter, if applicable.
  7. Provide an unaudited financial statement that is dated within 90 days of the application and for the previous two years prepared by a CPA. Financial statements include a statement of cash flows, balance sheet, income statement, and notes, if any. New businesses are required to submit an initial balance sheet. Applicants must maintain a minimum of $25,000 in net worth per licensed location.
  8. Applicants using a trade name or dba must be register the name with DCRA.

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a District of Columbia Mortgage Broker Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the bond amount required. Premiums start at .75% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote that fits your specific situation.

Did You Know?

The District of Columbia mortgage broker license must be renewed by December 31 each year.

Related Links:

NMLS - District of Columbia Mortgage Broker License New Application Checklist
NMLS Registration Portal
District of Columbia Information for Mortgage Lenders, Brokers and Loan Originators

More Surety Bond Questions?

Check out our FAQ page or What’s a Surety Bond? page. Should you need or choose to buy a surety bond, buy from us. SuretyGroup.com has been underwriting surety bonds throughout the U.S. for more than 35 years. When you work with us, you enjoy the unique benefit of dealing with a team of highly experienced surety agents with in-house underwriting authority. This allows you to receive competitive, low rates, quick approvals, and immediate bond delivery. In most cases, your bond will be delivered within 24 hours after you apply for it.


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