(A) A mortgage banker seeking exemption from registration pursuant to division (G)(2)(h) of section 1322.01 of the Revised Code shall submit an application to the superintendent of financial institutions along with a nonrefundable fee of three hundred fifty dollars for each location of an office to be maintained by the mortgage banker. The application shall be in a form prescribed by the superintendent and shall include all of the following:
(1) The mortgage banker's business name and state of incorporation or business registration;
(2) The names of the owners, officers, or partners having control of the business;
(3) An attestation to all of the following:
(a) That the mortgage banker and its owners, officers, or partners identified in division (A)(2) of this section have not had a mortgage banker license, mortgage broker certificate of registration, or loan originator license, or any comparable authority, revoked in any governmental jurisdiction;
(b) That the mortgage banker and its owners, officers, or partners identified in division (A)(2) of this section have not been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the following in a domestic, foreign, or military court:
(i) During the seven-year period immediately preceding the date of application for exemption, a misdemeanor involving theft or any felony;
(ii) At any time prior to the date the application for exemption is approved, a felony involving an act of fraud, dishonesty, a breach of trust, theft, or money laundering.
(c) That, with respect to financing residential mortgage loans, the mortgage banker conducts business with residents of this state, or secures its loans with property located in this state, under authority of an approval described in division (G)(2)(h) of section 1322.01 of the Revised Code.
(4) The names of all loan originators or licensees under the mortgage banker's control and direction;
(5) An acknowledgment of understanding that the mortgage banker is subject to the regulatory authority of the division of financial institutions as provided in this section;
(6) Any further reasonable information that the superintendent may require.
(1) If the superintendent determines that the mortgage banker honestly made the attestation required under division (A)(3) of this section and otherwise qualifies for exemption, the superintendent shall issue a letter of exemption. Additional certified copies of a letter of exemption shall be provided upon request and the payment of seventy-five dollars per copy.
(2) If the superintendent determines that the mortgage banker does not qualify for exemption, the superintendent shall issue a notice of denial, and the mortgage banker may request a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(C) All of the following conditions apply to any mortgage banker holding a valid letter of exemption:
(1) The mortgage banker shall be subject to examination in the same manner as a registrant with respect to the conduct of the mortgage banker's loan originators. In conducting any out-of-state examination, a mortgage banker shall be responsible for paying the costs of the division in the same manner as a registrant.
(2) The mortgage banker shall have an affirmative duty to supervise the conduct of its loan originators, and to cooperate with investigations by the division with respect to that conduct, in the same manner as is required of registrants.
(3) The mortgage banker shall keep and maintain records of all transactions relating to the conduct of its loan originators in the same manner as is required of registrants.
(4) The mortgage banker may provide the surety bond for its licensees in the same manner as is permitted for registrants.
(D) A letter of exemption expires annually on the thirty-first day of December and may be renewed on or before that date by submitting an application that meets the requirements of division (A) of this section and a nonrefundable renewal fee of three hundred fifty dollars for each location of an office to be maintained by the mortgage banker.
(E) The superintendent may issue a notice to revoke or suspend a letter of exemption if the superintendent finds that the letter was obtained through a false or fraudulent representation of a material fact, or the omission of a material fact, required by law, or that a condition for exemption is no longer being met. Prior to issuing an order of revocation or suspension, the mortgage banker shall be given an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(F) All information obtained by the division pursuant to an examination or investigation under this section shall be subject to the confidentiality requirements set forth in section 1322.061 of the Revised Code.
(G) All money collected under this section shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the consumer finance fund created in section 1321.21 of the Revised Code.
(H) A mortgage banker that holds a valid letter of exemption, and any licensee employed by the mortgage banker, shall not be required to comply with section 1322.062 of the Revised Code with respect to any transaction covered under the authority of an approval described in division (G)(2)(h) of section 1322.01 of the Revised Code. Compliance shall be required, however, with respect to transactions not covered under the authority of an approval described in that division.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.17,SB 124, §1, eff. 12/28/2009.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Related Legislative Provision: See 128th General AssemblyFile No.17,SB 124, §5
See 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §745.60.