On June 1, the Department of Administration of the State of Montana certified to the Secretary of State a new rule covering provisions related to, among other things, the revocation and suspension of mortgage licenses, the reinstatement of expired or suspended licenses, and applications for initial licenses near year end. Specifically, the rule provides that (i) the department may “suspend or revoke a license for a violation of the Montana Mortgage Act, this subchapter, or for any other violation of state or federal law pertaining to licensees or residential mortgage loans”; (ii) a military member or reservist whose license expired or was suspended when the licensee was on active duty at the time of renewal may have a license reinstated provided the department receives (within 30 days of the licensee’s discharge from active duty) an acceptable sponsorship request through the NMLS from the licensee’s employing mortgage broker or mortgage lender, as well as a completed mortgage loan originator license renewal or reinstatement form submitted separate from the NMLS renewal process during the same timeframe; and (iii) applicants who are approved for licensure during the renewal period of November 1 through December 31, and who are requesting the issuance of a license immediately, must submit certain application materials within a specified timeframe or their application will be deemed abandoned.
The rule also amends provisions related to mortgage licensing examination fees, the submission of consumer complaints, information-sharing arrangements, mortgage loan origination disclosure forms, and the certification process for bona fide not-for-profit entities.
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