FAQ - Mortgage Brokers

Mortgage Brokers

1. What is a mortgage broker under NRS 645B?

Nevada law defines a “mortgage broker” as a person, who directly or indirectly:


(a) Holds himself or herself out for hire to serve as an agent for any person in an attempt to obtain a loan which will be secured by a lien on real property;


(b) Holds himself or herself out for hire to serve as an agent for any person who has money to lend, if the loan is or will be secured by a lien on real property;


(c) Holds himself or herself out as being able to make loans secured by liens on real property;


(d) Holds himself or herself out as being able to buy or sell notes secured by liens on real property; or


(e) Offers for sale in this State any security which is exempt from registration under state or federal law and purports to make investments in promissory notes secured by liens on real property.


The term includes a wholesale lender. For additional information concerning wholesale lenders, please see the separate Wholesale Lender under NRS 645B FAQs page.


The term does not include a person who is licensed as a mortgage banker, as defined in NRS 645E.100, unless the person is also licensed as a mortgage broker.


Real property includes both residential and commercial property.
(NRS 645B.0127)

 

2. Who is required to be licensed as a mortgage broker under NRS 645B?

Any person who wishes to engage in any activity meeting the statutory definition of “mortgage broker” with respect to residential or commercial property is required to first obtain a license as a mortgage broker under NRS 645B, unless the person is exempt from licensure under NRS 645B.015, holds a certificate of exemption under NRS 645B.016, and complies with the requirements for that exemption. For additional information concerning exemptions and obtaining a certificate of exemption, see NRS 645B.016.
(NRS 645B.900)

 

3. How do I apply for a mortgage broker license?

Residential or Residential and Commercial
To obtain a mortgage broker license under NRS 645B to conduct residential or residential and commercial mortgage activity, an applicant must submit its application and appropriate fees to the Division through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry (“NMLS”) using the Company Form (MU-1 Form).
[NRS 645B.0137(1); NRS 645B.020]

Please refer to the Nevada Mortgage Broker License Company New Application Checklist and the Nevada Mortgage Broker License Description on the NMLS for submission requirements.

Additional information concerning the requirements to obtain a residential mortgage broker license and application materials may be obtained at: NMLS.

Per NRS 645E.030, a “Commercial mortgage loan” is defined as a loan that:
1. Directly or indirectly, is secured by a lien on commercial property; and
2. Is created with the consent of the owner of the commercial property.

Per NRS 645E.040, “Commercial property” is defined as any real property which is located in this state and which is neither used as a dwelling nor upon which a dwelling is constructed or intended to be constructed.

Commercial Only
To obtain a mortgage broker license under NRS 645B to conduct commercial mortgage activity only, an applicant must meet all of the above requirements, but may submit its application and fees directly to the Division. The application and further instructions may be obtained by contacting the Division at (775) 684-7060.

4. Who is a “qualified employee”?

Each licensed mortgage broker must have a qualified employee at each location licensed with the Nevada Division of Mortgage Lending. The Commissioner will only approve a qualified employee to manage one office. (NRS 645B.021; NAC 645B.030)
A “qualified employee” is a natural person who is designated by a mortgage broker to act on behalf of the mortgage broker and who is approved by the Commissioner. (NAC 645B.008)
A natural person designated as a qualified employee must:

  • Be approved by the Commissioner to serve as a qualified employee for the licensed mortgage broker.
  • Be a licensed mortgage agent in good standing.
  • Be present at the licensed office location for which he or she is the qualified employee the majority of the time that the office is open to the public.
  • Is a resident of this State or is a border state employee; and
  • Has met the requirements of the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act.

(NRS 645B.405; NAC 645B.055)

To designate or change a qualified employee, the Designation of Qualified Employee Form must be completed and submitted to the Division.

5. Does Nevada have a “brick and mortar” requirement to obtain a license as a mortgage broker?

Yes. A company must establish and maintain a physical office location in Nevada in order to become licensed as a mortgage broker. A mortgage broker must also maintain a license for its home/main/corporate office. A license must also be obtained for each additional branch office location from which a mortgage broker will conduct mortgage broker activity on Nevada real property. (NRS 645B.020)

A mortgage broker must post each license in a conspicuous place in the office to which it pertains. (NRS 645B.025)

6. Does Nevada permit a mortgage broker to conduct business using an assumed or fictitious name (DBA)?

Yes. However, the mortgage broker must file with the county clerk in which the business is being conducted a certificate stating the assumed or fictitious name under which business will be conducted. The mortgage broker must file a certified copy of the certificate with the Division and receive from the Division a license or certificate of exemption indicating the fictitious name. A licensee may only conduct business in the name that appears on its license.


A mortgage broker may conduct business using more than one fictitious name only if the mortgage broker obtains a separate license for each fictitious name under which he or she intends to do business. A mortgage broker who conducts business in Nevada using more than one fictitious name is responsible for the conduct of each qualified employee, mortgage agent, and other employee associated with the mortgage broker regardless of the license or name under which the conduct takes place. (NRS 602; NAC 645B.035)

The Division shall not issue a license or certificate of exemption with a name that is the same as or confusingly similar to a name on a license or certificate of exemption previously issued by the Division. (NAC 645B.037)

 

7. Is a license required to conduct mortgage broker activity related to commercial property?

Yes. A person that engages in the activity of a mortgage broker in relation to commercial mortgage activity is required to obtain and maintain the appropriate license under NRS 645B. A person that engages in both commercial and residential mortgage activity must submit its application to the Division through the NMLS. A person that only engages in commercial mortgage activity should contact the Division to obtain an application package.

 

8. How long must a licensed mortgage broker maintain its records for examination by the Commissioner? What records must be maintained?

A mortgage broker must retain complete and suitable records of all his or her completed mortgage transactions for a period of at least 4 years after the date of the last activity relating to the transaction. Unless otherwise stated, after a record has been retained one year or longer, the mortgage broker may cause the record to be reproduced by the microphotographic process, optical disc imaging, or any other equivalent technique designed to ensure an accurate reproduction of the original record.


In addition, a mortgage broker must retain applications for mortgages that were denied or withdrawn for a period of at least 1 year or as otherwise required by federal law.
(NAC 645B.072; NAC 645B.077)

Each mortgage broker must keep and maintain at all times at each location where the mortgage broker conducts business in this state complete and suitable records of all mortgage transactions made by the mortgage broker at that location. Each mortgage broker shall also keep and maintain at all times at each such location all original books, papers and data, or copies thereof, clearly reflecting the financial condition of the business of the mortgage broker.
(NRS 645B.080)
“Complete and suitable records” is defined in NAC 645B.072

9. Must mortgage broker file a monthly report of all closed transactions?

Yes. A mortgage broker is required to submit to the Commissioner a “Monthly Activity Report” (MAR) of the mortgage broker’s activity for the previous month on a form approved by the Commissioner. The report must:

  • Specify the volume of loans arranged by the mortgage broker for the month or state that no loans were arranged in that month;
  • Include any information required;
  • Be submitted to the Commissioner by the 15th day of the month following the month for which the report is made.

Instructions for filing a Monthly Activity Report as well as the Monthly Activity Report Form may be found on the Division’s Website on the Industry Information page for Mortgage Brokers and Mortgage Agents (Instructions for Filing Monthly Activity Reports) (Monthly Activity Report Form)
[NRS 645B.080(2); NAC 645B.070]

10. Must a mortgage broker submit proposed advertisements to the Commissioner for approval?

During the first 12 months of receiving an initial mortgage broker license from the Division, a mortgage broker is required to submit any proposed advertisement that the mortgage broker intends to use in carrying on his or her business to the Commissioner for approval. The Advertisement Submission Form may be found on the Division’s Website on the Industry Information page for Mortgage Brokers and Mortgage Agents. (Advertisement Submission Form)
(NRS 645B.189)

11. Are branch locations required to be licensed?

Yes. A mortgage broker must obtain a license for each branch office from which it will conduct mortgage broker activity on Nevada real property. [NRS 645B.020(2)]

A mortgage broker must post each license in a conspicuous place in the office to which it pertains. (NRS 645B.025)

12. Is a mortgage broker license required to purchase mortgage loans on the secondary market?

The Division does not interpret NRS 645B or NRS 645E to require licensure for an institution that only buys closed loans in a bona fide secondary market transaction. Such activity may, however, trigger other licensing or registration requirements such as filing requirements with the State of Nevada Secretary of State or Department of Taxation or local business licensing authorities.

13. I’m licensed as a mortgage broker and want to add a branch. What is the process to obtain licensure for a new branch?

Prior to beginning to conduct licensable activity from a branch location, a licensee must make application for and obtain a license for that branch location.

If the applicant maintains an NMLS record, the applicant must complete and submit the Branch Form (MU-3 Form) application through NMLS along with the following:

  • A qualified employee must be designated that is a licensed mortgage agent and meets the requirements in NAC 645E.310. A qualified employee that manages or has been designated and approved to manage another office will not be approved.
  • The applicant must have been examined by the Commissioner and received a satisfactory rating during the preceding 12 months or submit a request for a waiver.

If the applicant only conducts commercial mortgage activity and does not maintain an NMLS record, the applicant must obtain a written branch application from the Division. The completed application must be submitted to the Commissioner along with the following:

  • The name, residence address, and telephone number of the qualified employee designated to manage and supervise the branch office;
  • The name of each mortgage agent who intends to work at the branch office; and
  • Evidence that the applicant has met the requirements imposed by the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act, if applicable.

(NAC 645B.030)

14. Are there any exemptions from the licensing requirements for a residential mortgage broker or residential mortgage banker?

Yes. NRS 645B.015 and NRS 645E.150 provide several qualifications that a person may meet to be exempt from the licensing requirements for a mortgage broker or a mortgage banker. However, any person seeking to conduct business under one of the exemptions must file an application for a certificate of exemption from the Commissioner. The application may be obtained by contacting the Division at (775) 684-7060 and requesting the certificate of exemption application for Non-NMLS filers.

15. How do I apply for a certificate of exemption from the licensing requirements under NRS 645B or NRS 645E?

A person claiming an exemption under NRS 645B.015 or NRS 645E.150 that only conducts commercial (non-residential) mortgage activity or does not employ any individual who must be licensed as a residential mortgage loan originator must submit its application for a certificate of exemption directly to the Division. The application may be obtained by contacting the Division at (775) 684-7060 and requesting the certificate of exemption application for non-NMLS filers.

 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Division of Mortgage Lending at (702) 486-0782.