32-9-104. Exemptions -- proof of exemption. (1) The provisions of this part do not apply to:
(a) an entity that is an agency of the federal, state, tribal, or local government;
(b) an individual who is an employee of a federal, state, tribal, local government, or housing finance agency acting as a loan originator only pursuant to the individual's official duties as an employee of the federal, state, tribal, local government, or housing finance agency;
(c) an entity described in 32-9-103(38)(a)(i) through (38)(a)(iii);
(d) a registered mortgage loan originator when acting for an entity described in 32-9-103(38)(a)(i) through (38)(a)(iii);
(e) an individual who performs only administrative or clerical tasks at the direction of and subject to the supervision and instruction of an individual who:
(i) is a licensed and registered mortgage loan originator pursuant to this part; or
(ii) is not required to be licensed in accordance with subsection (1)(b), (1)(d), or (1)(g);
(f) an entity that is a bona fide not-for-profit entity;
(g) an employee of a bona fide not-for-profit entity who acts as a loan originator only with respect to work duties for the bona fide not-for-profit entity and who acts as a loan originator only with respect to residential mortgage loans with terms that are favorable to the borrower;
(h) a person that performs only real estate brokerage activities and is licensed or registered pursuant to 37-51-301 unless the person is compensated by a mortgage broker, a mortgage lender, or a mortgage loan originator or an agent of the mortgage broker, mortgage lender, or mortgage loan originator;
(i) a person regulated by the commissioner of insurance if that person's principal business is that of preparing abstracts or making searches of titles that are used as a basis for the issuance of any title insurance policy by a company doing business under the laws of this state relating to insurance companies;
(j) a Montana-licensed attorney performing activities that fall within the definition of a mortgage loan originator if the activities are:
(i) considered by the Montana supreme court to be part of the authorized practice of law within this state;
(ii) carried out within an attorney-client relationship; and
(iii) accomplished by the attorney in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and standards; or
(k) an individual who is an employee of a retailer of manufactured or modular homes if the employee is performing only administrative or clerical tasks in connection with the sale or lease of a manufactured or modular home and if the individual receives no compensation or other gain from a mortgage lender or a mortgage broker for the performance of the administrative or clerical tasks.
(2) (a) To qualify for an exemption under subsection (1)(f), an entity shall certify, on a form prescribed by the department, that it is a bona fide not-for-profit entity and shall provide additional documentation as required by the department by rule. To maintain this exemption, the entity shall file the prescribed certification and accompanying documentation by December 31 of each year.
(b) In determining whether an entity is a bona fide not-for-profit entity, the department may rely on its receipt and review of:
(i) reports filed with federal, state, tribal, local government, or housing finance agencies and authorities; or
(ii) reports and attestations prescribed by the department.
(3) The burden of proving an exemption under this section is on the person claiming the exemption. (See part compiler's comment regarding contingent suspension.)
History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 516, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 301, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 321, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 317, L. 2011; amd. Sec. 20, Ch. 123, L. 2013; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 125, L. 2013; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 24, L. 2015.