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RULE §81.100Licensing - General

(a) An individual is required to be licensed under Finance Code, Chapter 157 if the individual:

  (1) Engages in the business of residential mortgage loan origination on real property located in the state of Texas;

  (2) Represents or holds himself out to the public as a "loan officer," "mortgage consultant," "mortgage broker," "loan modification/refinance consultant," or "residential mortgage loan originator," or otherwise represents that the individual can or will perform the activities of a residential mortgage loan originator;

  (3) Provides disclosures to a prospective borrower or discusses or explains such disclosures. Disclosures include but are not limited to the residential mortgage loan originator disclosure form; truth in lending disclosures, the good faith estimate of settlement costs, affiliated business arrangements; and disclosures relating to the dual role as a residential mortgage loan originator and real estate broker or sales agent. An individual who prepares a required disclosure under the direction and supervision of a licensed residential mortgage loan originator, but who does not discuss the disclosure with a prospective borrower shall not be deemed to have provided a disclosure for purposes of this paragraph;

  (4) Determines the lender(s) or investor(s) to whom the loan will be submitted;

  (5) Issues or signs a prequalification letter or preapproval letter; or

  (6) Is a loan processor or underwriter who is an independent contractor.

(b) Applications for a company registration or an originator license must be submitted through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry and must be on the prescribed application forms.

(c) The department is limited to those specific license and registration status codes available through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry maintains a website that contains the specific status codes available and their definitions. The available status codes changed by the department are reflected in the licensee's record on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry and on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry Consumer Access website.

(d) An applicant may be issued a license in an inactive status if the applicant completes the required application form and complies with all requirements of licensure except for the requirement of an approved sponsorship. Upon submission and approval of a sponsorship, the license may be changed to active status.

(e) An originator, through written notice to the department, may place his or her license in an inactive status at any time during the license term. While in an inactive status an originator must not engage in the origination of residential mortgage loans as defined in §81.2(6) of this chapter, and must continue to meet the statutory requirements of the license. Upon submission and approval of a sponsorship, the license may be changed to an active status.

(f) The Commissioner may require such additional, clarifying, or supplemental information from any applicant for the issuance or renewal of any license pursuant to Finance Code, Chapter 157 as is deemed necessary or advisable to determine that the requirements of Finance Code, Chapter 157 have been met and maintained.

(g) The Commissioner may authorize an investigation to be conducted against an originator if there is reasonable cause to suspect or believe that an originator may have been convicted of a criminal offense which may constitute grounds for the suspension or revocation of that originator's license.

(h) An application, notice, or any other filing with the department will only be deemed submitted if it is complete. A filing is complete only if all required supporting documentation is included and only if all required fees have been received by the department. The application may be deemed withdrawn if an applicant fails to provide to the department, within 30 days from the date of request, any information or supplemental documentation.

(i) The Commissioner or the Commissioner's designee may at their discretion, after reviewing the circumstances of each situation, issue a license on a conditional basis.

Source Note: The provisions of this §81.100 adopted to be effective July 5, 2012, 37 TexReg 4873; amended to be effective September 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 5703

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