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Do Mortgage Servicers in Montana Need to Have a Surety Bond?


Mortgage Servicers, Lenders, Brokers and Mortgage Broker Independent Contractor Entities in Montana are required to apply for a license through the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) and file a Montana Mortgage Servicer Surety Bond as a condition of licensure.

Licensing requirements are as follows:

Complete the application and pay the credit report, license, NMLS processing, and FBI criminal background check fees.

Applicants, a director, general partner, executive officers, direct owners and indirect owners with at least a 10% interest in the company are required to have a FBI criminal background check.

Provide the following: a business plan, organizational chart, management chart, a schedule of fees and costs for services charged, and a Certificate of Authority or Good Standing Certificate (if applicable).

Applicants that will be using a dba or trade name must register with the Montana Secretary of State and obtain a Certificate of Registration of Assumed Business Name.

Mortgage brokers must sponsor at least one mortgage loan originator for licensure.

A $100,000 surety bond s required for the servicer license.

Bonds will be uploaded electronically into the NMLS ESB system by the surety company the bond is purchased through.

If any of the disclosure statements were answered "yes," provide an explanation for each.

Establish a trust account if any funds for borrowers will be held.

Provide a copy of formation documents if the business is a partnership, limited liability company or corporation, unincorporated association, not for profit corporation, trust or sole proprietor if using a dba name.

Complete the Escrow Account Authorization.

Licenses expire December 31 each year.

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium you pay for a Montana Servicer Surety Bond is dependent of credit, and business and personal financial statements.

Have Questions?

Contact our Surety Bond Specialists at:

Phone: 1‑844‑432‑6637
Fax:     404-351-3237
Hours: 8:00-5:00 CST, Monday through Friday

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