National Loan Originator Licensing

The “Federal Housing Finance and Regulatory Reform Act of 2008” is out. Here’s the PDF and here is the summary of the Dodd amendment. There’s a section inside Senator Dodd’s amendment that calls for national loan originator licensing. The first stop is page 34 where the definition of an LO is provided:


The term ‘‘loan originator’’
(i) means an individual who
(I) takes a residential mortgage loan application; and
(II) offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan for compensation or gain;
(ii) does not include any individual
who is not otherwise described in clause (i) and who performs purely administrative or clerical tasks on behalf of a person who is described in any such clause; and (iii) does not include a person or entity that only performs real estate brokerage activities and is licensed or registered in accordance with applicable State law, unless the person or entity is compensated by a lender, a mortgage broker, or other loan originator or by any agent of such lender, mortgage broker, or other loan originator.

For purposes of this subsection, an individual ‘‘assists a consumer in obtaining or applying to obtain a residential mortgage loan’’ by, among other things, advising on loan terms (including rates, fees, other costs), preparing loan packages, or collecting information on behalf of the consumer with regard to a residential mortgage loan.

This broad definition of “loan originator” means that we’ll be licensing LOs no matter where they work: broker, banker, consumer finance company, or credit union. There will be 20 hours of required, pre-licensing education and a national test delivered by the National Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. 75% to pass.

There’s way more to this bill than Nat’l LO licensing. 387 pages more. But that’s a good start.  Here’s the MBAA recap:

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today announced that the Committee passed “The Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008,