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Virginia SAFE / Mortgage Licensing

About Virginia Mortgage Licensing

Looking to become a Virginia Mortgage Broker or Loan Officer to serve communities in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and other cities in Virginia? If yes, you've come to the right place!
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The Mortgage Training Center offers a variety of Virginia mortgage licensing and training courses to help you earn your Virginia mortgage license or continuing education credits.

What Does A Virginia 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 License In Virginia

You earn your Virginia 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 Virginia Mortgage Broker / SAFE / NMLS Licensing Courses

Learn at your 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 Virginia. 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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Virginia 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 pass the 20-hour NMLS licensing exam, and take eight hours of annual continuing education courses.

For further details on Virginia Mortgage Broker Licensing requirements, go to:

Bureau of Financial Institutions
P.O. Box 640
Richmond, Virginia 23218-0640
Phone: (804) 371-9690
Fax: (804) 371-9416
E-mail: bfiquestions@scc.virginia.gov

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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