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Illinois Residential Mortgage License Bond

How much does a residential mortgage bond cost in Illinois?

Illinois residential mortgage license surety bond amounts must be at least $25,000 for all licenses and at least $100,000 for applicants without an Illinois office. The amount of the bond is dependent on the volume of Illinois loan applications taken in the previous calendar year and the cost is determined by an underwriter. For highly qualified applicants, the cost of residential mortgage bonds are typically 1-3% of the required bond amount.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
$25,000 Residential Mortgage License Bond $0 - $5,000,000 in loans during previous calendar year $25,000 Starts at $250 Apply Now
$50,000 Residential Mortgage License Bond $5,000,001 - $20,000,000 in loans during previous calendar year $50,000 Starts at $500 Apply Now
$75,000 Residential Mortgage License Bond $20,000,001 - $50,000,000 in loans during previous calendar year $75,000 Starts at $750 Apply Now
$100,000 Residential Mortgage License Bond $50,000,001 - $100,000,000 in loans during previous calendar year $100,000 Starts at $1,000 Apply Now
$125,000 Residential Mortgage License Bond Over $100,000,000 in loans during previous calendar year $125,000 Starts at $1,500 Apply Now
*The bond premium rate quotes provided to you through this website are for pricing comparisons and quotation estimate purposes only. The bond rate quotes provided are based on general assumptions that may or may not be applicable to you and are subject to change at any time. These rate quotes do not constitute an offer of insurance, nor is any contract, agreement, or bond coverage implied, formed or bound by the provision of rate quotes. Bondability, final bond premium rate quotes and an offer of insurance, if any, will be determined by the insurance company providing your bond. You must contact us directly to obtain a quote for binding purposes.

Why do I need this bond?

The state of Illinois mandates that any company or entity involved in the business of residential mortgage brokering, funding, originating, servicing or purchasing should post a surety bond as part of the licensing process. This bond has been put into place for the protection of consumers against any financial damages that may occur during the mortgage process due to a violation of the law.

What’s the fine print?

These bonds expire annually on December 31, so your bond premium could be prorated depending on when you buy it. Our team of surety experts works hard to get you bonded according to your specific needs.

If the surety wishes to cancel the bond before the expiration date, notice must be given to the state at least 30 days prior to the termination date.

How to become a residential mortgage licensee in Illinois

All license applicants must have the following:

  • a net worth of at least $50,000 for mortgage brokers with Illinois offices
  • a net worth of at least $150,000 for mortgage brokers without an office in the state
  • a surety bond in the correct amount
  • a criminal background check and credit check
  • 3 years experience or equivalent coursework

Mortgage Industry Surety Bonds Avaiable Nationwide

Many states have their own surety bond requirements for mortgage professionals. This means mortgage professionals who work in several states often have multiple surety bonds. Use the map below to learn more about mortgage bonds in other states.

Additional Resources

Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Administrative Code Title 38 Section 1050.490 Bonding Requirements

Illinois Residential Mortgage License Details

Illinois Residential Mortgage License Application

Illinois Residential Mortgage License Bond Form

State of Illinois Surety Bond FAQ

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