MLO Licensing - Getting Started:
Please note that you MUST have completed the 20 hours of pre-licensure education, passed both the National and State components of the SAFE Test, and completed fingerprinting for an FBI criminal history background check BEFORE you submit any jurisdiction specific documents to this Department.
The NMLS website lists licensing information and requirements and contains a checklist to ensure that you have submitted all required jurisdiction-specific documents to the Department. These documents are included with the applicable checklist and document instruction forms in NMLS. Your application is not considered complete until the Department receives all Georgia-specific documents (which must be submitted directly to the Department). Applicants should also familiarize themselves with the applicable Georgia Code Sections and Regulations.
CREDIT HISTORY: Applicants should be aware of disqualifying factors concerning creditworthiness. The Department does not qualify financial responsibility on a credit score, but looks at the MLO applicant’s overall credit report. Judgments, defaults on student or government loans, child support in arrears, and other factors could result in the denial of licensure. Tax liens, charge-offs or collection accounts, and foreclosures or short sales with a deficiency will also negatively affect MLO licensing unless a payment plan is in place and at least 3 consecutive payments have been made prior to the application. (Payment plans will be checked at renewal for continuation.)
- File a New MLO Application through the NMLS (links off-site to NMLS)
- MLO Quick Guide for Submitting the Individual Form (MU-4) (links off-site to NMLS)
- Pre-requisites for a Georgia MLO license (links off-site to NMLS)
- Verification of Lawful Presence within the US
- Georgia-Specific Requirements and Checklist (links off-site to NMLS)
- Examples of Business Cards / Books & Records
- Q&A - GRMA and SAFE Act Applicability to Real Estate Brokers
Please note that the NMLSR federal registration process must be utilized if you are an employee of a bank, bank subsidiary or a credit union. As required under federal law, residential mortgage loan originators employed by banks, savings associations, credit unions, or Farm Credit System institutions must register with the registry, obtain a unique identifier from the registry, and maintain their registrations. Further information regarding the registry and the registration process is available at the registry's website: http://fedregistry.nationwidelicensingsystem.org/Pages/default.aspx.
The Annual License Renewal Period for 2017 will open on November 1, 2016. Information for the 2017 renewal period is available on the Annual Renewal Information page in NMLS.
Need a quick overview of the individual renewal process?
- View a three minute video on the renewal process here.
- View a one page visual overview of the individual renewal process here.
PENDING MLO APPLICATIONS:
Please refrain from calling the Department to ask for status updates regarding your application. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Before contacting the Department, please note the following:
If your application is incomplete, you will be sent an e-mail through NMLS outlining any deficiencies or requirements that are still needed to complete it. It is imperative that your e-mail address in NMLS is accurate and that communications sent do not inadvertently get treated like Spam. Your NMLS record will show your application with a Pending status until it is approved, regardless of whether we have all of your information.
Information is available from the NMLS Consumer Access website once the Department has taken action on an MLO application (i.e., approved, denied, revoked, suspended, expired). If you conduct a search through NMLS Consumer Access and the Department HAS NOT acted on your application, the search will return a "No Match Found" response.
Mortgage Loan Originators who have a current and valid license may use the button/link above to access a secure site for retrieving and printing their 2017 license certificate. License certificates for 2016 can be retrieved from https://bkgfin.dbf.state.ga.us/mbcert2016.html.
You will receive your login information via e-mail from the Department after your renewal or new license has been approved. If you do not remember your password click on this link: MBForgotPassword.html
After a successful login, please be sure to click on the link to open the printing instructions to ensure the best quality printing of your certificate.