Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wyoming Enacts Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing and Registration

On March 12, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed HB 169, a bill that modifies the Wyoming Residential Mortgage Practices Act and Uniform Consumer Credit Code to provide for mortgage loan originator licensing and registration. Among other things, the bill details (i) the initial application process, (ii) pre-licensing education, (iii) testing requirements, (iv) the renewal process, and (v) continuing education requirements. While the bill goes into effect July 1, 2009, loan originators have until July 1, 2010 to register or obtain licensure.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

HUD Reviews S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act Model Legislation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reviewed model legislation developed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators regarding the Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act (Act). The Act primarily addresses the licensing and registration standards for "loan originators," as defined by the Act. The model legislation would require loan originators both to obtain a state license and to register under the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. Among other things, the model legislation addresses (i) license and registration requirements, (ii) application procedures, (iii) pre-licensing, renewal, and continuing education requirements, and (iv) enforcement, violation, and penalties. For a copy of the Federal Register notice, please see For a copy of the model legislation, please see