Washington, D.C. – The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced today that the South Carolina State Board of Financial Institutions and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs will begin using the National SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) Test with Uniform State Content starting today, bringing the total number of state agencies that use the test to 57.
Passage of the SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 requires all mortgage loan originators (MLOs) to be registered or state-licensed through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS).
“South Carolina’s adoption of the National Test with Uniform State Content represents another critical step toward a single national testing standard for MLOs,” said John Ducrest, Commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Financial Regulation and Chairman of the State Regulatory Registry LLC. “As the test nears full adoption, nearly all MLOs nationwide are now able to fulfill their requirements with a single test, simplifying and streamlining the licensing process.”
The test, which was first made available on April 1, 2013, combines both the national and state testing requirements of the SAFE Act. Previously, South Carolina licensees had to take two tests: one national and one state. The new test replaces the separate, state-specific tests. A license applicant who passes the National SAFE MLO Test with Uniform State Content will not need to take any additional state-specific tests to hold a license within participating states.
Twenty state agencies initially adopted the National SAFE MLO test in April 2013. An additional 32 state agencies adopted the test between July 2013 and December 2016.
More information on the National SAFE MLO test with Uniform State Content is available here.