Now that you have gotten your mortgage lending license you are
wondering how, when and what is required to maintain your license. Read on to learn about MLO and NMLS
continuing eduation requirements to keep your license in good standing.
What are the continuing education requirements for mortgage loan originators?
The SAFE Act mandates that state-licensed mortgage loan originators complete 8 hours of continuing education
annually. The 8 hours must include:
- 3 hours of Federal law and regulations
- 2 hours of ethics, including instruction on fraud, consumer protection, and fair lending
- 2 hours related to the nontraditional mortgage marketplace
- 1 hour of undefined instruction on mortgage origination
Do states have different requirements for mortgage continuing education?
Yes. The majority of states only require the SAFE Act minimum of eight hours of continuing education;
however, several states require that licensees complete state-specific law hours. In some cases, the
state-specific hours are within the eight hours required, but some states require more than eight hours. For
more information, view the state-specific
education chart provided by the NMLS.
When should I have all my mortgage continuing education completed?
For most states, the NMLS recommends that all CE is completed by the SMART deadline to ensure all
credits are submitted and approved in time for mortgage license renewal on January 1st. Be sure to review
your state's CE
OnCourse Learning offers a full catalog of continuing education
Can I complete the same course in two successive renewals?
No. The SAFE Act does not permit licensees to complete the same course in two successive renewals.
I took more hours than I needed to renew last year. Can I use those to renew this year?
No. Continuing education only counts for the year in which it is taken.
What happens if I don't get my continuing education done on time?
Many states allow for a reinstatement period, typically from January 1 to February 28. During this
reinstatement period, you must complete continuing education specifically approved by the NMLS as “Late CE”.
What is "credit banking" and how does it work?
The NMLS requires all completed hours to be "banked" with the NMLS. OnCourse Learning, as your NMLS-approved
course provider, will transmit your completion record to the NMLS within seven days after you have finished
your coursework and your session has ended. The NMLS charges $1.50 per credit hour to bank your credit
What exactly is an NMLS "unique identifier?"
Each mortgage loan originator registered in the NMLS will be permanently assigned a number that will help
electronically track them.
A mortgage loan originator's unique identifier will not change as he or she moves from state to state. In
fact, the process of getting your MLO license in additional states is streamlined by just adding the new
state's license to the current record.
Do I need an NMLS unique identifier to have my credits banked with the NMLS or to enroll for the SAFE Loan
Yes. To have your credits banked or to enroll for the SAFE Loan Originator Test, you must have a unique
identifier. The NMLS Resource Center makes it easy to get registered and receive your unique identifier.
What is the NMLS, or NMLSR?
NMLS is the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System. Each mortgage loan originator license
applicant is required to submit certain information, including fingerprints, personal history, and
experience. This information is stored in a national database of mortgage originators, developed and
maintained by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the NMLS?
For questions relating to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System, please contact the NMLS Call Center at