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January 23, 2012

 


NMLS: MLO Testing Handbook - 2012


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The NMLS has recently updated its MLO Testing Handbook, which is a detailed guide for the entire testing process (i.e., creating an enrollment, scheduling a testing appointment, testing center information, and so forth).

The S.A.F.E. Act's Mortgage Loan Originator Test (SAFE MLO Test) is comprised of two parts: a National Component and a State Component. In order to enroll for a test component, the MLO (Mortgage Loan Originator) must establish an account in NMLS.

Many state agencies require a passing score on both the National and State Component, prior to the MLO submitting an application through NMLS.

The MLO will receive preliminary test results (pass or fail) before leaving the testing center. Within 72 hours of taking a test, the MLO receives an email stating the official test results are available to view in NMLS.

If you do not pass a component of the test, there is a waiting period between test retakes. We previously provided information about the NMLS retake policy HERE.

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The National Component of the SAFE MLO Test must be taken by all state licensed MLOs.
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The State Component of the SAFE MLO Test must be taken by for each jurisdiction in which an MLO holds a license.

MLOs seeking licenses in multiple jurisdictions must pass the State specific test component for each jurisdiction in which they wish to get licensed.
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Federally registered MLOs are not required to take either the National Component or the State Component of the SAFE MLO Test.
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An overview of what will be covered on each test component, the number of questions, how each test is weighted and corresponding reference lists.
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National and State list of test components and the effective date for each (if applicable).
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The NMLS cancellation policy requires the MLO to cancel or reschedule an exam by no later than 12:00PM local time two (2) business days (Monday-Friday) prior to the test appointment. Failure to follow the cancellation and/or reschedule policy or a failure to show up for a scheduled test results in the test enrollment window being closed.

The MLO must then request and pay for a new enrollment window in NMLS prior to scheduling a new test appointment.
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The SAFE MLO Test may be taken three (3) times before the MLO is required to sit out a 180-day wait period.

The MLO must request and pay for a separate test enrollment for each attempt to pass a national or state test. (The MLO is subject to a waiting period of thirty (30) calendar days from the previous test date prior to retaking the test.)

After every third failed test, the MLO is subject to a waiting period of one hundred eighty (180) calendar days before being permitted to retake the test.
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