Why Choose RealEstateU to get your MLO license?

  • Only $199
  • Online instructor-led and self-study course
  • Complete your required Ohio MLO pre-license education in 14 days

NMLS ID

The first step to obtaining your MLO license is creating an NMLS account to get your NMLS ID.
Obtain your NMLS ID if you don’t have one:

You will need your NMLS ID when you go through your National and State Modules.

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OH MLO License Course

This is the package you need to get your MLO license in Ohio

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20 Hour SAFE Comprehensive: Becoming a Mortgage Loan Originator Course

  • 14-day online instructor-led course
  • Satisfies all of the CA-DFPI MLO pre-licensing education requirements
  • 20-Hour SAFE Comprehensive Course NMLS Approval Number: 16066

4-Hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws Course

  • Online Self-study course
  • Satisfies all of the OH MLO pre-licensing education requirements
  • 4-Hour OH SAFE Course NMLS Approval Number: 16244

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OH MLO License Course + Study Guide

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20 Hour SAFE Comprehensive: Becoming a Mortgage Loan Originator Course

  • 14-day online instructor-led course
  • Satisfies all of the CA-DFPI MLO pre-licensing education requirements
  • 20-Hour SAFE Comprehensive Course NMLS Approval Number: 16066

4-Hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws Course

  • Online Self-study course
  • Satisfies all of the OH MLO pre-licensing education requirements
  • 4-Hour OH SAFE Course NMLS Approval Number: 16244

National SAFE Exam Prep Guide

  • Reduce your study time by up to 90%
  • Focus on the information you need to know for the exam
  • Consider this guide as the "Cliff Notes" for the National exam
  • Includes 5 practice exams

Refund Policy

The RealEstateU® 20-hour SAFE Comprehensive: Becoming a Mortgage Loan Originator course and 4-hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws course are eligible for a refund within 72 hours of purchase.

The RealEstateU® 20-hour SAFE Comprehensive: Becoming a Mortgage Loan Originator course is a 14 day course. Students must complete the course materials and pass the course final exam by 11pm local time on the 14th day of the course. If a student does not complete the course materials and pass the course final exam in time, the student will not be given credit for the course and must repurchase and restart the course from the beginning.

The 4-hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws course must be completed within 90 days of purchase. If the student does not complete all of the course materials and pass the course final exam within 90 days, they will not be given credit for the course and must repurchase and restart the course from the beginning.

There is no opportunity for any course extensions.

FAQs: Obtaining an MLO License in Ohio

An MLO license is a Mortgage Loan Originator license. The license is issued by the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions. It authorizes a compensated individual to take residential mortgage loan applications and negotiate the terms of residential mortgage loans secured by properties located within the state of Ohio.

Several Ohio MLO license requirements must be met before obtaining a license. 

  • Complete the 20 Hour SAFE Comprehensive course and the 4 Hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws course.
  • Sit for the National Mortgage Loan Originator test and pass the exam.
  • Pay the required license fees through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing Service (NMLS). Attach the application with details of residency and employment history. 
  • Complete fingerprinting to clear criminal background checks by the state and federal agencies.
  • Submit a credit report that proves you can take financial responsibility.
  • Be covered under an employer’s lending bond or obtain an individual surety bond.

The Ohio Division of Financial Institutions issues an MLO license in Ohio after these conditions are met.

The Ohio Division of Financial Institutions charges a license application fee of $200.

Additional  fees paid through NMLS regardless of license issuer are $36.25 for a FBI criminal background check, NMLS processing fee of $30, and $15 credit report charge.

There is also the cost of completing an MLO license course in Ohio. The OH MLO pre-licensing courses are offered by RealEstateU for $199.

After completing the NMLS MLO pre-licensing course, you must pay $110 to take the National MLO SAFE test.

The total Ohio MLO license cost works out to $590.25.

Several factors determine the time it takes to get an MLO license in Ohio.

  • It takes about two weeks to obtain a unique identification number from NMLS. This period includes time taken for documentation and background checks. 
  • The pre-license coursework is 24 hours and this will take 14 days to complete, even if you study at your preferred pace. 
  • Schedule and pass the SAFE ACT MLO test.
  • Go through the checklist of requirements for new applications located here!
  • Next, the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions will review your application and the time for it depends on the number of pending new applications. Typically, the time taken at this stage is thirty to sixty days.

Hence, get an MLO license in Ohio in 2 to 4 months after all the variables given above are considered.

The Ohio MLO license education requirement consists of 24 hours of coursework.  This includes the National 20-hour SAFE Comprehensive course and the 4-hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws course.

Check out the RealEstateU MLO license course in Ohio by scrolling up to the course packages on this page.

If you act as a mortgage loan originator for pay or other compensation on behalf of a non-depository lender offering residential mortgage loans secured by real estate located in the state of Ohio, you are required to obtain a Ohio Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) license. Acting as a mortgage loan originator means taking residential mortgage loan applications and/or negotiating the terms of residential mortgage loans.

Independent Contractor mortgage loan processors and mortgage loan underwriters are also required to obtain this license.

Yes. The National 20-hour SAFE Comprehensive course can be taken online as an instructor-led course that is taken over a 14-day period.  The 4-hour OH SAFE: Ohio Laws course can be taken online as an online self-study course.

After completing the RealEstateU pre-licensing coursework, you can apply online for an MLO license through the NMLS. However, you must go to an in-person center to submit your fingerprints and sit for the MLO SAFE ACT test.

An individual who has a Ohio Mortgage Loan Originator license can negotiate residential mortgage loan terms and take residential mortgage loan applications that have as security or collateral residential real estate located in Ohio. In addition to “Mortgage Loan Originator”, some companies have titles such as “Loan Consultant,” “Mortgage Loan Officer,” or simply “Loan Officer" that apply to individuals filing these roles.

Generally, Mortgage Loan Originators work in Ohio on commission. This might be a straight commission, some sort of draw against future commissions arrangement, or perhaps as salary plus commission.

Ohio MLO employers who hire entry level mortgage loan originators understand that training and building a “pipeline” of business takes some time, so they may pay an initial salary.

Some jurisdictions in OH require general licenses for any business operating there. To get a license, register your business with the Ohio Department of State, Corporation Bureau.

Starting an independent mortgage brokerage business in Ohio will require that you complete the process of obtaining a OH Mortgage Broker License for your company or yourself as a broker, and a Mortgage Loan Originator License which authorizes you to engage in mortgage loan origination activities.

Ohio is a large, diverse, and highly populated state, and business conditions vary greatly between locations.

Ohio is the 7th most populous US state with a population of nearly 12 million. Hence, there will always be a high demand for housing, leading to a need for residential mortgage loans. The sheer size of the residential housing market makes Ohio a great place for the mortgage business.

First, think about your career goals before searching for a company in Ohio to join as a Mortgage Loan Originator. 

Do you want to be a neighborhood lender, developing your source of business within a community or network? Or do you prefer the pace of a volume-driven phone bank where numerous leads crop up every day? 

After deciding on this aspect, search for and find MLO employers that fit your MLO career goals.