Do I use the FHA Online Application if I want to apply for my branch office to be FHA approved?

No. The FHA Online Application is only for new lenders seeking FHA Approval.   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. 

For an explanation of the branch registration process, please see 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.

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-05104