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About Colorado Mortgage Licensing: How To Get A Colorado NMLS Mortgage Broker License

Looking to become a Colorado Mortgage Broker or Loan Officer to serve communities in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Centennial, Boulder, and other cities in Colorado? If yes, you've come to the right place!
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The Mortgage Training Center offers a variety of Colorado mortgage licensing and training courses to help you earn your Colorado mortgage license or continuing education credits.

What Does A Colorado Mortgage Broker Do?

A mortgage broker is a licensed professional that acts as a middleman between lenders and purchasers. The broker works to find a mortgage lender with terms and rates that best fit the customer's needs, then going through the required processes and working with the mortgage underwriter to get the loan approved.

What Is The Difference Between A Mortgage Broker And A Mortgage Loan Officer?

Basically, the Mortgage Broker is the business owner and the Mortgage Loan Officer is an employee of the Mortgage Broker. In some instances, like a single-person shop, the Mortgage Broker does the work of the Loan Officer. Bottom line, the Mortgage Broker is responsible for the work output and complying with applicable laws.

What Does A Mortgage Loan Officer Do?

A Mortgage Loan Officer starts the mortgage application process by gathering from potential borrowers the information needed to start that borrower's loan review process. This includes things like W2s, 1099s, bank statements, tax returns, etc.

They are responsible for working with the borrower to complete mortgage loan application, submitting the application to underwriting, following up on any additional information needed or requested from the underwriter, then communicating the loan decision to the potential borrower.

How Do Mortgage Brokers Make Money?

Mortgage brokers make money by dealing with lenders who discount the cost of their mortgage product to allow a mortgage broker the ability to charge a fee by submission of a loan package for funding. This relationship between a mortgage broker and a lender is called wholesale lending.

How To Earn Your NMLS Mortgage Broker License In Colorado

You earn your Colorado mortgage license by:
  • Applying for an NMLS account and ID number
  • Completing your NMLS pre-licensing course requirements (see recommended NMLS licensing courses below)
  • Passing your SAFE licensing exam
Get started by selecting a mortgage pre-licensing course from the list below.

Recommended Colorado Mortgage Broker / SAFE / NMLS Licensing Courses

Potential Mortgage Brokers in Colorado can learn at their own pace with our convenient, cost-effective, state and NMLS-approved mortgage loan officer license training courses.

The Mortgage Training Center offers both online and in-person NMLS licensing and NMLS training courses in Colorado. Simply choose your preferred option from the recommended courses listed on this page, or you can choose "NMLS" and your resident state from the "Licensing" section of the search box herein.
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Colorado Mortgage Licensing Requirements

The SAFE Act requires states to establish minimum rules and standards for the licensing and registration of mortgage loan originators. This allows easy access to a Loan Officer and Mortgage Broker's credentials and allows the public to know what kind of mortgage history these providers have.

Essentially, the SAFE Act requires that state-licensed Mortgage Loan Originators (MLOs) pass a written qualified test with a score of 75% or better, complete at least 20 hours of pre-licensing education courses, and take eight hours of annual continuing education courses.

Mortgage Brokers in Colorado can go to the Colorado Division of Real Estate licenses for the following on NMLS:
  • Mortgage Company Registration
  • Mortgage Loan Originator License
For details on Colorado Mortgage Broker Licensing requirements, go to:
State of Colorado
Division of Real Estate
1560 Broadway, Suite 925
Denver, Colorado 80202
Telephone (303) 894-2166
FAX (303) 894-2683
www.dora.state.co.us/real-estate
For more information on this state's mortgage licensing requirements, go to https://nationwidelicensingsystem.org/slr/Pages/ColoradoAgencies.aspx





Disclaimer: This information provided is based on state laws and regulations, and is subject to change. While we make every effort to asure this information is current and accurate, it is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice, and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein.
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