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New Jersey Qualified Individual Residential Mortgage Broker License

Who is required to have this license?

This license is required for a natural person who must be an officer, director, partner, owner or principal of a business entity licensed or to be licensed as a Residential Mortgage Broker and is required as a condition of the business entity’s qualification for licensure. The individual must at a minimum meet all of the licensing criteria for a mortgage loan originator. Residential mortgage loans include both first and second mortgage loans on New Jersey property. A licensed Qualified Individual may act as a mortgage loan originator without additional licensure.  

Who does not need this license?

  • An individual engaged solely as a loan processor or underwriter performing clerical or support duties as an employee, at the direction of and subject to the supervision of a New Jersey licensed Residential Mortgage Broker or a person exempt from licensure under New Jersey law.
  • An individual engaged solely in extensions of credit relating to timeshare plans, as defined in section 101(53D) of title 11, United States Code (11 U.S.C. s.101(53D)).
  • A registered mortgage loan originator who is registered under the federal “Secure and Fair Enforcement Licensing Act of 2008,” title V of Pub.L.110-289 (12 U.S.C. s.5101 et. seq.).
  • A licensed attorney who negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan on behalf of a client as an ancillary matter to the attorney’s representation of a client, unless the attorney is compensated by a residential mortgage lender or residential mortgage broker
  • A person licensed as a NJ real estate broker or salesperson and not engaged in the business of a residential mortgage lender or residential mortgage broker
  • Any individual who offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan: (1) with or behalf of an immediate family member; or (2) secured by a dwelling that served as the individual’s residence

Pre-requisites for license applications? 

  • Completion of 20 hours of NMLS approved pre-licensure education, including 4 hours of New Jersey specific education
  • Successful passage of both the National and State components of the SAFE Test
  • Submission through the NMLS of fingerprints for the completion of a criminal history background check by the FBI
  • Completion of a State criminal history background check through the processes established in New Jersey for a New Jersey State Police check
  • Authorization through the NMLS for the obtaining of a credit report on the applicant
  • Satisfaction of character and fitness requirements
Contact NJ Department of Banking & Insurance, Licensing Services Bureau, Banking licensing staff by phone at (609) 292-7272 (from menu – select 3, select 2, select 1) or send your questions via e-mail to for additional assistance.
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