Monthly Archives: December 2014

Update to the Functional Spec for All Approved Courses Posted

NMLS has posted a new version of the 2015 Functional Specification for All Approved Courses (v6.1). At the request of course providers and industry two updates have been made:

  • Section 1.16 provides a more precise definition of mobile devices to mean “small hand-held electronic devices.” NMLS only approves online courses for consumption on desktop and laptop computers and not for such devices as tablets and smart phones.
  • Sections and 4.2 pertaining to course scheduling of Online Instructor-Led (OIL) courses: while course providers may begin offering short hour OIL courses in accordance with the new time requirements beginning January 1, NMLS will not begin enforcement of the new course offering requirements until April 1, 2015. As has always been the case, OIL courses are required to be delivered through the employment of a Learning Management System, to be instructor-led, and students are required to go through the entire course as a cohort.

The updated document is available on the course provider page of the NMLS Resource Center.

57% of Licenses Managed by NMLS Submitted for Renewal

Washington, D.C. – The 2015 renewal period for the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS, or the System) is off to a strong start. The State Regulatory Registry, LLC (SRR), operator of the NMLS, announced today that as of November 30, 57.2 percent of licenses managed within the System have been submitted for renewal, and 63.9 percent of those requests have had their licenses approved. By the same time last year, 53.9 percent of licenses were submitted and 52.9 percent were approved.

As of November 30, 13,615 companies, 17,420 branches, and 129,492 individual licenses have had their renewal applications approved.

“We are happy to see the number of licenses submitted for renewal so far has increased from this time last year, but SRR continues to encourage non-depository entities to submit their annual renewal requests as soon as possible,” said Sue Clark, Director, Regulatory and Consumer Affairs for the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and Chair of the NMLS Policy Committee.

Current renewal facts as of November 30, 2014:

  • 6,969, or 66 percent, of financial institutions have requested renewal;
  • 292,373, or 86 percent, of federal registrants have renewed;
  • 194,923, or 55.9 percent, state mortgage loan originator (MLO) licenses have been requested for renewal and 66.4 percent of those have been approved;
  • As a percentage of renewable licenses, the number of MLOs to request renewal is three percentage points higher than in 2013, and the approval rate of those requests has increased by 10 percentage points;
  • 79,701, or 65 percent, of state-licensed MLOs have completed annual continuing education; and
  • NMLS system enhancements to streamline the renewal process and recent changes to the NMLS Resource Center have resulted in a 20 percent decrease in volume to the call center.

SRR launched the “Your License is Your Business” renewal campaign on November 1, 2014. With the campaign, SRR seeks to educate the businesses and individuals holding more than 439,000 licenses managed in NMLS that submitting renewal requests in November significantly reduces the likelihood of a license being terminated on January 1, 2015.

NMLS makes renewing a license easy, and yet too many licensees lose their ability to operate in January because they wait until the last minute to complete professional requirements such as continuing education courses or background checks and submit their renewal request late in December.

In past years, 94 percent of all renewal applications submitted during November have been approved by December 31. The likelihood of renewal applications being approved before 2015 decreases significantly the longer individuals wait to submit their renewal applications. Historically, 80 percent of applications submitted by December 15 have been approved by December 31; that number drops to only 46 percent when the renewal is requested after December 15.

SRR is encouraging licensees to remember that their license is their business. Licensees should start reviewing their license records now and submit renewal requests as early as possible. It is important to also note that some state agencies have additional requirements that must be satisfied outside of NMLS. More information about renewing through NMLS can be found on the Streamlined Annual Renewals page of the NMLS Resource Center.

NMLS to Host Webinar on Course Survey Process on December 9

NMLS will host a webinar on December 9 at 2pm ET with approved course providers to solicit feedback and review proposed changes to its course surveys.  The webinar will provide a high level overview of the survey process, review proposed changes to some of the survey questions, and allow course providers to provide any feedback they may have about the process..  To participate in the webinar please RSVP to Mike Bray ( by December 5.  A link and conference call details will be sent to those who have RSVP’d on December 8.