Statement from Commissioner Pieciak: DFR staff continue to work remotely and will do so until further notice. The department is still conducting business, however there may be some temporary delays in DFR services. 

Mortgage Broker - Sole Proprietor

The State of Vermont participates in the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS).  All applications for a lender license must be submitted through NMLS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Mortgage Lenders and Mortgage Brokers

Jurisdiction Specific Forms

  • Mortgage Broker License Bond
  • Financial Statement
  • Mortgage Broker Prospective Borrower Agreement

Reports

Vermont does not require any reports outside of NMLS at this time. 

Vermont Related/Referenced Statutes and Regulations


Who is required to have this license?

A sole proprietor who for compensation or gain, or in the expectation of compensation or gain, directly or indirectly negotiates, places, assists in placement, finds or offers to negotiate, place, assist in placement or find mortgage loans, other than commercial loans, on real property located in Vermont for others. No person, other than the sole proprietor, is authorized to act as a mortgage broker under a Mortgage Broker – Sole Proprietor License.  If the sole proprietor authorizes other persons to act as a mortgage broker under the license, or if the sole proprietor originates more than 5 mortgage loans in a calendar year, then a Mortgage Broker Company License is required.

Who does not need this license?

The following is a partial list of exceptions.  For a complete list of exceptions, please refer to 8 V.S.A. § 2201(d)

  • a real estate broker or salesperson, provided the real estate broker or real estate salesperson is not compensated for providing the mortgage information or assistance in addition to the compensation received from the seller or buyer for a real estate transaction
  • an attorney licensed to practice law in Vermont acting in his/her professional capacity
  • a person engaged in activities solely in connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of one or more previously originated loans
What are the fees?

Initial Application:

$600.00 (includes a $250.00 Licensing Fee, a $250.00 Investigation Fee; and the $100 NMLS processing fee)

Renewal:

  • If originated 5 or fewer mortgage loans in calendar year - $350.00 (Includes $100 NMLS processing fee)
  • If originated more than 5 mortgage loans in calendar year - $600.00 (Includes $100 NMLS processing fee)
  • Change in Address: $100.00
What are the prerequisites for license application?
  • The applicant must be licensed to engage in mortgage broker activity in his/her state of domicile and must be in good standing in his/her state of domicile with his/her banking regulator or equivalent financial industry regulator.
  • Bond amount: $ 25,000.00, minimum amount (the required bond amount increases based upon the dollar amount of loans originated in Vermont)
  • Registered Agent recorded with the Vermont Secretary of State.

Contact Information

Department of Financial Regulation
Consumer Services 
89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05620 - 3101

802-828-3301
833-DFR-HOTLINE (toll free)
833-337-4685 (toll free)

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