In order to become a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in the state of Oregon you’ll need to complete the following steps:
Request your personal NMLS account
The NMLS system is used to process MLO licensing requests for all 50 states, including Oregon. Creating an account is a simple process that only takes a few minutes to complete. Prior to submission of the application, complete at least 20
hours of NMLS-approved pre-licensure education (PE) courses which must include at least 3 hours of federal laws and regulations, 3 hours of ethics, 2 hours of lending standards applicable to nontraditional mortgage and 4 hours of Oregon
- Visit the NMLS online registration portal to request an NMLS account.
- Select the Individual option
- If prompted, complete the security captcha and click next
- Provide the required information and submit your application
Complete Your Oregon NMLS Pre-License Education
To become an Oregon-licensed MLO you'll need to complete the required 20-hour NMLS S.A.F.E pre-licensing course, which must include 4 hours of Oregon content, along with any additional coursework required by the Oregon state licensing agency: The Division of Financial Regulation.
Learn more about the OR DFR here.
NMLS SAFE Mortgage License Training - Required
All states require 20 hours of mortgage education from an NMLS approved mortgage school. If you are seeking a new mortgage license, be sure to enroll in the 20 hours SAFE course in addition to your state-specific education requirements.
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Pass the NMLS Mortgage Licensing Exam
Once you've completed your pre-license education, you'll need to schedule an appointment to take the National Test Component with Uniform State Content through your NMLS account.
SAFE MLO National Test Component
The SAFE MLO exam covers federal mortgage related laws, ethics, Mortgage loan originator activities, and general mortgage knowledge. Effective 4/2/21, test details are as follows:
- 120 questions (115 scored)
- 190 minutes
- Cost $110
Uniform State Content (UST)
The UST portion of the exam covers:
- Regulatory authority, responsibilities and limitations
- Definitions and documents
- License law and regulation
Oregon Department of Financial Regulation
OR requires at least 20 hours of pre-license education and meet one of the following three conditions:
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- Passing results on both the National and Oregon State components of the SAFE Test, or
- Passing results on both the National and Stand-alone UST components of the SAFE Test, or
- Passing results on the National Test Component with Uniform State Content
Apply for your NMLS License
Once you completed the required pre-licensing courses and achieved passing scores on the National and any applicable state required tests, you will be able to apply for your mortgage loan originator license on the NMLS website.
To apply for your Oregon MLO license:
- Login in to your NMLS account.
- Select the filing tab on the top of the screen.
- Select Individual if your applying as an individual.
- Click Request New/Update.
- If you’re directly responsible for the paying the filing fees, click continue.
- If you’re already employed with a mortgage company, your employer may handle this step for you. These fees are not refundable. Check with your employer before you proceed.
- Click Add to apply for your OR license.
- Select the appropriate Oregon License and click Next.
- Select the Oregon Mortgage Loan Originator License and click Next.
- Verify that the information is correct and click Next.
- Read the final page carefully before proceeding. If the information is correct click Finish.
You’re now ready to finalize your application.
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Background Checks, Credit Check, and Fees
In order to complete the final step in becoming a fully licensed Oregon MLO your NMLS ID will need to be sponsored by a state licensed employer. This sponsorship tells the governing agencies that your employer will be supervising your
individual license. You can submit your sponsorship through your NMLS ID. Once your employer sponsorship is associated with your NMLS ID, you'll be ready to do business as an MLO in the state of Oregon.
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