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Does the District of Columbia Require a Mortgage Dual Authority Bond for Licensure?

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The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking Division administers through the National Mortgage Licensing System, the licensing of mortgage brokers, mortgage lenders and Mortgage Dual Authority licenses.

The District of Columbia Regulations Title 26-C defines the regulations for mortgage brokers.

The following is required for licensure:

1. Complete all pre-licensing education and take the written examinations.
2. Completion of the required licensing through the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) and pay the applicable processing fee, credit report fee, FBI Criminal Background Check Fee.
3. Each business location requires a separate license and bond.
4. Provide formation documentation such as a partnership agreement, Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Charter, Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement, if applicable.
5. A credit report must be obtained for each person of control of the business and they must complete the Identity Verification Process (IDV).
6. 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 balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows and notes, if any. For new businesses, an initial balance sheet is required. Applicant must maintain a minimum of $225,000 in net worth per licensed location.
7. 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
More than $1,000,000 but less than $2,000,000 $17,500
More than $2,000,000 but less than $3,000,000 $25,000
More than $3,000,000 $50,000

If an applicant has multiple licensed business locations, the Commissioner may approve a blanket bond in the amount of $200,000. The name of the principal (applicant) must match exactly as the full legal name of the applicant.
8. Obtain a Certificate of Registration from the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs(DCRA).
9. Applicants using a dba or trade name must be register the name with DCRA.
10. 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.

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a District of Columbia Mortgage Dual Authority Bond is dependent on credit and bond amount required.

Did You Know?

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

Related Links:

NMLS Application Portal
NMLS District of Columbia Mortgage Dual Authority License
NMLS Registration Portal
District of Columbia Information for Mortgage Lenders, Brokers and Loan Originators



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