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Check Cashers, Sales Finance Companies, Retail Sellers, Money Lenders, Money Transmitters, Non-bank ATM Operators and Mortgage Lenders, Brokers and Loan Originators


NMLS is a secure web-based system created by state regulators to provide efficiencies in the processing of state licenses and registrations and to improve supervision of state-regulated industries. Through NMLS, companies maintain a single record which they use to apply for, maintain, renew, and surrender license and registration authorities in one or more states.

Licensees have access to the system 362 days a year, seven days a week with operational assistance available through a national call center. Applicants will need a high-speed Internet connection to access the system.  

Starting Sept. 3, the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (Department) will require all companies holding a money transmitter, check casher, money lender, retail seller, sales finance company or non-bank ATM license or registration to have a complete record in NMLS and submit it to the Department for approval by Dec. 31. Any company wishing to apply for a new license or registration must do so through NMLS starting Sept. 3. The Department will notify each licensee and registrant this month with detailed instructions for transitioning their company and branches onto NMLS.

More information about NMLS can be found online on the NMLS Resource Center.

Applicable DC Law and Regulations

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