Occupational Board Reform Act

General Information

Committee of Jurisdiction:Banking, Commerce and Insurance
Occupation Regulated:Mortgage Loan Originator
Occupational Board:N/A
Contact:Darcy Bailar, Deputy Director
Purpose:Under the Nebraska Residential Mortgage Licensing Act, an individual, not otherwise exempted from licensing, cannot engage in, or offer to engage in, the business of a mortgage loan originator for residential real estate without first obtaining a license under the Nebraska Residential Mortgage Licensing Act. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 45-727.
Regulated Professionals:6,614 Current Approved Licenses (11/1/2022)
Year Created:2009
Year Active:2010
Sunset Date:N/A


Statutory Authorization:Nebraska Residential Mortgage Licensing Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 45-727 to 45-736.
Parent Agency:Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance


Number of Members:NA
Who Appoints:NA
Legislative Approval:NA
Qualifications of Members:NA
Per Diem:No
Expense Reimbursement:No
Term Length:NA
Terms Rotate or Expire at Once:


Required FY 2022-2021:0
Held FY 2022-2021:0
Required FY 2021-2020:0
Held FY 2021-2020:0
Required FY 2020-2019:0
Held FY 2020-2019:0
Required FY 2019-2018:0
Held FY 2019-2018:0
Required FY 2018-2017:0
Held FY 2018-2017:0


Support Staff:2 *Whole compensation figures. Does not consider percentage allocation of time.
Shared or Separate:Shared
FY 2022-2021 Budget:163444
FY 2021-2020 Budget:164013
FY 2020-2019 Budget:154092
FY 2019-2018 Budget:149201
FY 2018-2017 Budget:133186
Other Funding Sources:No Other Funding Sources
Spending Authority:Neb. Rev. Stat. § 8-601 (Director may employ as may be necessary for administration.)


Government Certificates Issued:17669
Issued Certificate Descriptions:“Issued” in this context means license approved by the Department in Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry.
Government Certificates Revoked:1
Revoked Certificate Descriptions:“Revoked” refers to situations where the Department has taken away a previously issued license in the National Mortgage Licensing System.
Government Certificates Denied:98
Denied Certificate Descriptions:“Denied” refers to initial license applications that the Department directly denied and does not include abandoned or withdrawn license applications.
Government Certificates Penalties Against:5
Penalty Certificate Descriptions:“Penalty” means instances where the Department took administrative action against a licensee or an applicant as a result of their professional conduct or failure to meet licensing requirements. This could include consent orders, suspensions, or other such actions.
Explanation of Effectiveness:https://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/SurveyDocs/explanation1668521064.pdf
Potential HarmThe Nebraska Residential Mortgage Licensing Act is designed to enhance consumer protection and reduce fraud by establishing minimum standards for the licensing of state-licensed mortgage loan originators. By establishing and following licensing standards under the Act, the State works in concert and coordination with other states to provide uniform license applications and reporting requirements for licensees. Licensing under the Act also improves the flow of communication between state regulators to make consumers safer. The licensing measures provide consumers with easily accessible information, at no charge, regarding employment, disciplinary, and enforcement history of licensed loan originators. Individuals who act as mortgage loan originators are in a position of trust and have access to sensitive personal financial information about Nebraska consumers. The Department has a strong interest in monitoring the industry and removing bad actors. From the numbers provided in this survey, the limited number of license denials demonstrates a low barrier of entry into the profession. While most registrants meet minimum standards for licensure, the existing regulatory framework gives the Department the necessary authority to remove bad actors from taking advantage of the sensitive information and position of power they have access to. Licensing of mortgage loan originators provides increased integrity of the residential mortgage loan market. Thus, licensing of mortgage loan originators plays a vital role in helping prevent an economically perilous residential mortgage loan environment. What is the potential harm if this occupation is no longer licensed, certified, or regulated? Nebraska would lose its ability and authority monitor residential mortgage originators and remove bad actors. Mortgage loan originators have access to sensitive personal and financial information of Nebraska consumers. As such, must meet certain minimum requirements related to education, knowledge, and character. The ability to remove bad actors from the marketplace is an important protection for Nebraska consumers. All States have mortgage loan originator licensing acts based around the Federal SAFE Act. Disciplinary actions and violations of one jurisdiction’s laws and rules may be the basis for a denial of a registrant in another jurisdiction. The Department is able to share license information with other state or federal agencies. If Nebraska stopped licensing and regulating this occupation it would lose its accreditation status from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. * Provide a comparison of whether and how other states regulate the occupation. See above.
Regulation Comparison:https://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/SurveyDocs/comparison1668521064.pdf
Subject to Regulations of Act(LB407):No
Survey Submitted: November 15, 2022 08:04 AM