On May 5, 2011, Montana adopted House Bill No. 90, which made numerous revisions to the Montana Mortgage Broker, Mortgage Lender, and Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Act (Act) and changed its title to the Montana Mortgage Act. The revisions included requirements for the licensing and regulation of mortgage servicers. The effective date of the changes is October 1, 2011. And as of the writing of this article, Montana has not yet released an application to apply for the new Mortgage Servicer License.
The revisions also updated application and licensing requirements for brokers, lenders and originators, made a reduction in the number of hours required for continuing education, made changes to recordkeeping, reporting, bonding and disclosure requirements, and made prohibitions against certain acts by mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers. In addition, the Act was revised to conform to federal law and expand the Department of Administration’s rulemaking authority.