BANKS AND BANKING
IDAHO RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE PRACTICES ACT
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO MORTGAGE BROKERS AND MORTGAGE LENDERS
26-31-206. LICENSE TO DO BUSINESS AS A MORTGAGE BROKER OR MORTGAGE LENDER. (1) The director shall receive and act on all applications for licenses to do business as a mortgage broker or mortgage lender. Applications shall be filed through the NMLSR, or as otherwise prescribed by the director, shall contain such information as the director may reasonably require, shall be updated through the NMLSR, or as otherwise prescribed by the director, as necessary to keep the information current and shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350).
(2) An application for license may be denied if the director finds that:
(a) The financial responsibility, character and fitness of the license applicant, or of the officers and directors thereof, if the applicant is a corporation, partners thereof if the applicant is a partnership, members or managers thereof if the applicant is a limited liability company and individuals designated in charge of the applicant’s places of business, or other control persons, are not such as to warrant belief that the business will be operated honestly and fairly within the purposes of this part;
(b) The applicant or any control person of the applicant has been convicted of or pled nolo contendere to any felony, or has been convicted of or pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving any aspect of financial services, or a court has accepted a finding of guilt on the part of the applicant or any control person of the applicant of any felony, or of a misdemeanor involving any aspect of financial services, fraud, false statement or omission, any theft or wrongful taking of property, bribery, perjury, forgery, counterfeiting, extortion or conspiracy to commit any of these offenses;
(c) The applicant or any control person of the applicant has had a license to conduct financial services issued by a government agency revoked or suspended under the laws enforced by such agency;
(d) The applicant or any control person of the applicant has filed an application for a license which is false or misleading with respect to any material fact;
(e) The applicant or any partner, officer, director, manager, member, employee, agent or other control person of the applicant has violated this chapter or any rule promulgated or order issued under this chapter and pertinent to this part;
(f) The applicant or any partner, officer, director, manager, member, employee, agent or other control person of the applicant has violated any state or federal law, rule or regulation pertaining to financial services; or
(g) The applicant or any control person of the applicant has not provided information on the application as reasonably required by the director pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, or has provided materially false information.
(3) The director is empowered to conduct investigations, as he may deem necessary, to enable him to determine the existence of the requirements set out in subsection (2) of this section.
(4) Upon written request to the director, an applicant is entitled to a hearing on the question of his qualifications for a license if:
(a) The director has notified the applicant in writing that his application has been denied;
(b) The director has not issued a license within sixty (60) days after receipt of a complete license application from an applicant. If a hearing is held, the applicant shall reimburse, pro rata, the director for his reasonable and necessary expenses incurred as a result of the hearing. A request for hearing may not be made more than fifteen (15) days after the director has mailed a writing to the applicant notifying him that the application has been denied and stating in substance the director’s finding supporting denial of the application.
(5) A license application shall be deemed withdrawn and void if an applicant submits an incomplete license application and, after receipt of a written notice of the application deficiency, fails to provide the director with information necessary to complete the application within sixty (60) days of receipt of the deficiency notice. A written deficiency notice shall be deemed received by a license applicant when:
(a) Placed in regular U.S. mail by the director or his agent using an address provided by the applicant on the license application; or
(b) E-mailed to the applicant using an e-mail address provided by the applicant on the license application; or
(c) Posted by the director or his agent on the NMLSR.
(6) Every licensee under this part shall maintain a home office located in the United States and licensed under this part as the licensee’s principal location for the transaction of mortgage business. The director may, on application through the NMLSR, or as otherwise prescribed by the director, issue additional branch licenses to the same licensee upon compliance with all the provisions of this part governing the issuance of a single license. A separate license shall be required for each place of business from which mortgage brokering activities or mortgage lending activities are directly or indirectly conducted.
(7) No licensee under this part shall change the location of any place of business, consolidate two (2) or more locations or close any home office location without giving the director at least fifteen (15) days’ prior written notice. A licensee under this part shall give written notice to the director within three (3) business days of the closure of any branch location licensed under this part. Written notice of the closure of a home or branch office location shall include a detailed explanation of the disposition of all loan applications pending at the time of closure of the licensed location.
(8) No licensee under this part shall engage in the business of making or brokering residential mortgage loans at any place of business for which he does not hold a license nor shall he engage in business under any other name than that on the license.
(9) The director may suspend action upon a mortgage broker or mortgage lender license application pending resolution of any criminal charges before any court of competent jurisdiction against an applicant which could disqualify that applicant if convicted.
(10) The director may suspend action upon a mortgage broker or mortgage lender license application pending resolution of any civil action or administrative proceeding against an applicant in which the civil action or administrative proceeding involves any aspect of a financial service business and the outcome of which could disqualify the applicant.
(11) A license applicant under this part shall make complete disclosure of all information required in the license application, including information concerning officers, directors, partners, members, managers, employees or agents. A license applicant, or person acting on behalf of the applicant, is not liable in any civil action other than a civil action brought by a governmental agency, related to an alleged untrue statement made pursuant to this part, unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that:
(a) The license applicant, or person acting on behalf of the license applicant, knew at the time that the statement was made that it was false in any material respect; or
(b) The license applicant, or person acting on behalf of the applicant, acted in reckless disregard as to the statement’s truth or falsity.
(12) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, an individual licensed under part 3 of this chapter may apply for a license under this section.
[26-31-206, added 2009, ch. 97, sec. 2, p. 290; am. 2013, ch. 64, sec. 6, p. 146; am. 2020, ch. 100, sec. 6, p. 264.]