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Pennsylvania Mortgage Servicer Bond Requirements

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Pennsylvania's Department of Banking and Securities licenses and regulates financial services businesses in the state, plus enforces compliance with state and federal laws. One of the industries regulated by the Department is Mortgage Services.

In 2017, Pennsylvania passed Senate Bill 751, which requires all mortgage servicers in the state to be licensed and to obtain a surety bond. A surety bond protects consumers from harmful actions by a mortgage servicer.

License applications are accepted in the NMLS. Licenses renew yearly by June 30.

What is a Mortgage Servicer?

A mortgage servicer is a company that directly or indirectly services a mortgage loan. A borrower pays their mortgage loan payments to a mortgage servicer. The servicer can be the originator of the loan or a company that purchased the servicing rights from the original mortgage lender.

Obligee and Surety & Fidelity Bonds

Pennsylvania's Department of Banking and Securities is the obligee that requires a surety bond for mortgage servicers. The surety bond must be for $500,000.

A fidelity bond is required in an amount that meets the guidelines for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

License Requirements

A separate license is required for each location where servicing activities are conducted.

Required fees include:

  • Pennsylvania License Application fee $2500
  • NMLS initial processing fee $100
  • Credit report for control persons $15
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Background Check $22
  • MU2 Individual FBI Criminal Background Checks $22.60
  • Third Party Investigatory Background Checks: fees vary

Activities authorized to be conducted with a mortgage servicer license include:

  • First Mortgage Servicing
  • Third-Party Mortgage Servicing
  • Subordinate Lien Mortgage Servicing
  • Third-Party Subordinate Lien Mortgage Servicing
  • Master Servicing
  • Reverse Mortgage Servicing

Application Requirements:

  • Submission of Company Form (MU1) serves as the application for the license through the NMLS
  • Financial Statements showing a net worth of at least $250,000
  • Resident/Registered Agent
  • Primary Contact Employees
  • Non-Primary Contact Employees
  • Approvals and Designations
  • Bank Account information
  • Disclosure Questions
  • Qualifying Individual
  • Pre-Licensure Education and Training
  • Control Person (MU2) Attestation
  • Books and Records
  • Credit Report
  • Obtain a $500,000 surety bond. Upload a copy of the bond into NMLS.
  • Fidelity Bond (to protect the servicer and customers against fraudulent acts by employees)
  • Business Plan
  • Internal Policies and Procedures
  • Certificate of Authority/Foreign Registration Statement
  • Other Trade Name
  • Formation Documents
  • Management Chart
  • Organizational Chart/Description

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a Pennsylvania Mortgage Servicer Surety & Fidelity Bond is based on credit, the bond amount required, and business and personal financial statements.

Did You Know?

Applications for a Pennsylvania Mortgage Servicer are made through the NMLS Website

Related Links

Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities - Mortgage Servicing criteria and standards
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 751
Pennsylvania NMLS Mortgage Servicer License

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