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Mortgage Lenders, Brokers, Loan Correspondents, Mortgage Servicers, Loan Originators and Mortgage Consumer Discount Companies
Mortgage lenders directly or indirectly originate and close mortgage loans with their own funds in the primary market for consideration.  
Mortgage brokers directly or indirectly negotiate or place mortgage loans for others in the primary market for consideration.  
Mortgage loan correspondents directly or indirectly originate and close mortgage loans in their own names utilizing funds provided by a wholesale table funder or other funding source and simultaneously assign the loans to the wholesale table funder.
Mortgage Servicers engage in the mortgage loan business by directly or indirectly servicing a mortgage loan.
Mortgage consumer discount companies are consumer lenders that engage in mortgage lending.
Mortgage originators are individuals who take mortgage loan applications or offer or negotiate terms of mortgage loans for compensation or gain. 



Mortgage Servicing Regulations Available
The Department of Banking and Securities has effectively incorporated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's mortgage servicer regulations as required by Act 81 of 2017. The regulations can be found here.

Applications for licensure as a mortgage servicer will be accepted in the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) beginning April 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018. 

Anyone servicing a Pennsylvania mortgage without applying by June 30, 2018, will be considered unlicensed and subject to enforcement action.

Questions about the mortgage servicing license and the license application process can be emailed to

Secretary's Letter on Cybersecurity (PDF)

The Department continues to work collaboratively with federal regulators, other states financial regulators, and other Commonwealth agencies to address cybersecurity challenges.

Changes to FBI fingerprint criminal background checks
Licensees who are required to provide their fingerprints to complete a federal criminal background check should be aware that this service will be provided by a new supplier. Idemia (formerly MorphoTrust USA, LLC), will take over the fingerprinting services contract formerly held by Gemalto (formerly Cogent).

Licensees who are not registered and fingerprinted before November 18, must wait until November 28, to receive those services through the new provider. The only exceptions that will be made during that time frame will be for individuals who have an issue with a fingerprint taken prior to November 18, and will be reprinted by November 27. Those individuals who do not get their reprint by November 27, will need to re-register with the new provider and will have 90 days to get their reprint at no cost.

For FAQs or additional information on fingerprinting services, locations or scheduling an appointment, applicants are encouraged to visit the Idemia supplier website at or

Federal Government Principles on Responding to Cyber Incidents
A Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-41) released on July 26, 2016, sets forth principles governing the federal government’s response to any cyber incident, whether involving government or private sector entities. For significant cyber incidents, PPD-41 also establishes lead federal agencies and an architecture for coordinating the broader federal government response. Learn more:

Cybersecurity Update
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) members have issued a revised Management booklet, which is part of the FFIEC Information Technology Examination Handbook (IT Handbook). The IT Handbook is available here

Mortgage Licensing Act Examination Guidance (PDF)

The Department of Banking and Securities uses NMLS to manage money transmitters licensees.  Through NMLS, your company will be able to apply for, amend and renew your license/registration authority conveniently and safely online. In order to use NMLS, current licensees must enter their company information onto NMLS by creating a base record and obtaining a unique company identifier.

Licensees should direct those who inquire about its license status to the NMLS Consumer Access website at

Contact Us:

For issues or questions regarding an application, contact the Licensing Office or call 717.787.3717.
For compliance issues, contact the Compliance Office or call 717.772.3889.
To file a complaint or ask a question, use our online complaint forms or contact our Consumer Services office at 1.800.PA.BANKS (1.800.722.2657).