How does an FHA-approved lender register a new branch office?

All  branch offices in which a lender conducts FHA business, including originating, underwriting, and/or servicing FHA-insured mortgages must be registered. The lender must register each branch office and pay branch office registration fees through the Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP). A 10-digit FHA Lender ID will be assigned to each registered branch office. 

The lender cannot register a new branch office within a HUD Field Office jurisdiction in which it has withdrawn a branch office in the last six months.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 lender 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 located at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh/lender/   under the LEAP Information link in the Approvals & Renewals section. 

For more information see Handbook 4000.1 I.A.4.a. available at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh

All policy information contained in this knowledge base article is based upon the referenced HUD policy document. Any lending or insuring decisions should adhere to the specific information contained in that underlying policy document.


Topic Number: KA-05103