How to Get Your Mortgage License in Washington

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How-To Licensing Guide

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

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Step 1

Request your personal NMLS account

The NMLS system is used to process MLO licensing requests for all 50 states, including Washington. 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 Washington NMLS Pre-License Education

To become a Washington-licensed MLO you'll need to complete the required 22-hour NMLS S.A.F.E pre-licensing course, including 4 hours covering Washington law, along with any additional course work required by either of Washington state licensing agencies: The Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).

NMLS SAFE Mortgage License Training - Required

All states require 20 hours of mortgage education from a NMLS approved mortgage school. If you're seeking a new Mortgage License be sure to enroll in a comprehensive 20 Hour SAFE course in addition to your state required education or sign-up for a single course that satisfies all of the WA MLO requirements.


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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 either The National Test Component or The National Test Component with Uniform State Content through your NMLS account. In addition, you will have to satisfy any additional testing required by the WA DFI.

SAFE MLO National Test Component

The SAFE MLO exam covers federal mortgage related laws, ethics, Mortgage loan originator activities, and general mortgage knowledge.

  • 125 questions (115 scored)
  • 190 minutes
  • Cost $110

Uniform State Content

Although it's not required in Washington, you can still take and the UST portion the exam, which covers:

  • State law and regulation definitions
  • License law and regulation
  • Compliance

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The WA 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 Washington 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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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 Washington 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 WA license.
  • Select the appropriate Washington License and click Next.
  • Select the Washington 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 Washington 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
WA Application $155 YES
Fingerprints

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.


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Step 6

Get Hired

In order to complete the final step in becoming a fully licensed Washington 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 Washington.