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Are website domain names required to be registered as a trade name or DBA?
The MBLSLA and the SMLA does not require website domain names to be registered as a trade name, or DBA. Websites maintained by individual loan officers should be under the direct oversight of the company that sponsors the MLO. All marketing, including websites, should advertise the licensed company name (e.g. ABC Mortgage) and the individual loan officer’s NMLSR ID number; the web domain name should not be used on its own in advertising. We also recommend that the company NMLSR ID number be listed on marketing and advertisements.