The Mortgagee must register each branch office and pay the branch office registration fee through the Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP). A 10-digit FHA Lender ID will be assigned to each registered branch office. All branch offices in which a Mortgagee conducts FHA business, including originating, underwriting, and/or servicing FHA-insured Mortgages must be registered.
The Mortgagee cannot register a new branch office within a HUD Field Office jurisdiction in which it has withdrawn a branch office in the last six months. Instead, the Mortgagee must make a request through LEAP to reassign the former office’s 10-digit FHA Lender ID to the new branch and pay the branch office registration fee.
For information on adding a branch refer to the LEAP User Manual that can be accessed using the LEAP Information link in the Approvals & Renewals section at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh/lender/
For more information see Handbook 4000.1 I.A.4.a. available at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh