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On June 4, the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Financial Institutions Division advised collection agency licensees that they may operate their business while following all remaining emergency directives issued by the governor, state agencies, justice court orders, and all applicable state and federal laws. The issuance follows guidance issued on March 20, which deemed a collection agency a non-essential business under the Nevada governor’s orders to close non-essential business (previously discussed here).
On June 1, South Dakota’s Division of Banking updated Memorandum 11-003 (previously covered here) to extend the time period in which licensed mortgage loan originators can work from home until December 31, 2020, so long as certain conditions relating to data and records security are met.
On May 28, the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division extended its guidance allowing mortgage licensees and their staff to work from home until August 31, 2020 (previously covered here). The guidance permits licensees and their staff to work from their home residences, which may not be licensed as a branch, if various conditions regarding data and information security, worker and customer health, and advertising are met.
South Carolina regulator updates guidance on working remotely and defers deadline for submitting the 2019 mortgage log
On May 28, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs issued updated interim guidance (previously discussed here) regarding working remotely from unlicensed locations and the deadline for submission of the 2019 mortgage log. The updated interim guidance provides that, until July 1, 2020, licensed mortgage loan originators are permitted to work from home, whether in South Carolina or another state, even if the home is not a licensed branch. The guidance also notes the deferral of filing deadline for the 2019 mortgage log required of mortgage broker companies until June 1, 2020.
On March 25, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NMLS Policy Committee extended the deadline for certain reporting obligations satisfied through NMLS, and the enrollment window for taking the SAFE MLO test.
Companies required to submit financial statements, the Mortgage Call Report, and the Money Services Businesses Call Report will have an additional 60 days from pre-established deadlines to submit such reports. Individuals will have the testing window on their test appointments extended 180 days.
The NMLS Resource Center has been updated with additional resources to provide updates on state agency operating status. In addition, the NMLS Policy Committee is encouraging states to accept documentation electronically that otherwise may have been required in hard copy.
The full announcement can be found on the NMLS Resource Center.
Florida Office of Financial Regulation sets forth options related to the operation of various financial services industries
On March 20, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation issued guidance to consumer finance industries regarding remote work. Specifically, mortgage loan originators may work remotely so long as they do not conduct business in a manner that would require a license for their home. In addition, state licensed mortgage companies are advised to take precautions to maintain safety and security of data and records in connection with remote work.
On August 16, the Finance Commission of Texas adopted provisions to amend various licensing requirements for residential mortgage loan originators (MLOs) regulated by the state’s Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC), and implement licensing provisions in HB 1442, which took effect September 1. The amendments adopted by the Commission in August “maintain the current one-year term, the current December 31 expiration date, and the current reinstatement period from January 1 through the last day of February.” The Commission further clarified that these amendments apply to MLOs regulated by the OCCC, not just those applying for licensure. The amendments took effect September 5.
On August 28, the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions published in the Indiana Register an emergency rule providing 120-day temporary authority for certain mortgage loan originators (MLOs) to originate loans in Indiana without a state license, pursuant to Section 106 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The new rule provides that in order to be eligible for temporary authority to operate, an MLO, among other things, must have been licensed as an MLO in another state continuously during the past 30 days or operating as a registered MLO for a depository institution continuously for the past year. The rule permits an eligible MLO applicant to engage in mortgage transactions while their application is pending for licensure for up to 120 days or upon approval of the licensing application, whichever is sooner, beginning November 24.
On June 7, the Hawaii governor signed HB 988, which provides 120-day temporary authority for certain mortgage loan originators to originate loans in Hawaii without a state license. Pursuant to Section 106 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, the bill allows a federally-registered mortgage loan originator (MLO) holding an MLO license in another state while employed by a Hawaii-licensed mortgage company, to have temporary authority to act as a state-licensed MLO for a period not to exceed 120 days while the MLO’s Hawaii license application is pending. MLOs with temporary authority are subject to the applicable laws of Hawaii to the same extent as persons licensed by Hawaii. The bill is effective on November 24.
On June 10, the Texas governor signed SB 2330, which provides, among other things, for a federally-registered mortgage loan originator (MLO) who does not hold a state license to have temporary authority to act as a state-licensed MLO for a period not to exceed 120 days while their state MLO license application is pending. Subject to certain conditions, a federally-registered MLO who becomes employed by an entity that is licensed or registered in Texas for mortgage loan origination may temporarily act as a state-licensed MLO in the state before their license is issued for up to 120 days if (i) the individual was registered in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry as a loan originator within one year of the state application; or (ii) is licensed by another state or governmental jurisdiction to engage in mortgage loan origination. The bill is effective on November 24.
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