Illinois passed a bill requiring the licensing of loan originators. Under the bill, mortgage loan originators and loan processors of underwriters acting as independent contractors must obtain a license under the Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987, unless exempt. The bill also establishes loan originator requirements with respect to education, exemptions, fees, renewals, bonds and notifications. In addition, the bill requires all application forms, solicitations and advertisements to contain the NMLS unique identifier of the person originating the mortgage loan. The bill became effective on July 31, 2009; however, mortgage loan originators and loan processors of underwriters acting as independent contractors have until July 31, 2010 to obtain a license.