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How-To Licensing Guide

In order to become a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in the state of Texas you’ll need to complete the following steps:

Step 1

Request your personal NMLS account

The NMLS system is used to process MLO licensing requests for all 50 states, including Texas. Creating an account is a simple process that only takes a few minutes to complete.

  1. Visit the NMLS online registration portal to request an NMLS account.
  2. Select the Individual option
  3. If prompted, complete the security captcha and click next
  4. Provide the required information and submit your application

Step 2

Complete Your Texas NMLS Pre-License Education

To become a Texas-licensed MLO you'll need to complete the required 20-hour NMLS S.A.F.E pre-licensing course along with any additional course work required by either of Texas state licensing agencies: The Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner or The Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending.

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 hour SAFE course in addition to your state-specific education requirements

TX-OCCC License Overview

The TX-OCCC License is required for individuals who for compensation or gain or in the expectation of compensation or gain, take a residential mortgage loan application or offer or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan. This includes originators of liens on mobile homes or manufactured homes that are used as a residence.

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TX-SML License Overview

The TX-SML is required for an employee of any corporation, company, partnership, association, or sole proprietorship licensed or registered under Texas Finance Code Chapter 156 or Chapter 157 who takes a residential mortgage loan application or offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage.

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Step 3

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.

Related Post: How to Take the NMLS Mortgage Loan Officer Exam

SAFE MLO National Test Component

The SAFE MLO exam covers federal mortgage related laws, ethics, Mortgage loan originator activities, and general mortgage knowledge. Effective 4/5/21, 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
  • Compliance

Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner

The TX-OCCC requires at least 20 hours of pre-license education and meet one of the three conditions listed below:

  1. Passing results on both the National and Texas State components of the SAFE Test
  2. Passing results on both the National and Stand-alone UST components of the SAFE Test
  3. Passing results on the National Test Component with Uniform State Content

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Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending

The TX-SML requires the applicant to take at least 23 hours of pre-license education, 3 of which are Texas-specific. The applicant must obtain a passing score on the National Test Component with Uniform State Content and complied with 3 hours of pre-licensing Texas specific education.

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Step 4

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 Texas 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 TX license.
  • Select the appropriate Texas License and click Next.
  • Select the Texas 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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Step 5

Background Checks, Credit Check, and Fees

The SAFE act established licensing and registration standards for all Mortgage Loan Originators. In order to receive your Texas MLO certification, you'll need to provide the following information and pay the associated fees:

Request Fee Required
NMLS Processing $30 YES
FBI CBC $36.25 YES
Credit Report $15 YES
TX-OCCC Application - OCCC License Only
TX-OCCC License/Registration $225* Required
TX-SML Application $190 SML License Only

* This fee includes a $25 non-refundable recovery fund fee.


Create a Fieldprint account and register for an appointment.

Criminal Background Check

Initiate a criminal background check through your NMLS account.

Credit Report

Authorize a credit report via your NMLS account.

Step 6

Get Hired

In order to complete the final step in becoming a fully licensed Texas MLO your NMLS ID will need to be sponsored by a state licensed employer. Texas offers an “Approved-Inactive” license status. This means, if you are not currently employed by a mortgage company or your employer has not requested sponsorship on your behalf, the license may be issued until sponsorship by a mortgage company is acquired.

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 Texas.

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