The federal bank, thrift, and credit union regulatory agencies, along with the Farm Credit Administration, announced that the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry will begin accepting federal registrations. Under the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (S.A.F.E. Act) and the agencies’ final rules, residential mortgage loan originators employed by banks, savings associations, credit unions, or Farm Credit System institutions must register with the registry, obtain a unique identifier, and maintain their registrations. Following expiration of the 180-day initial registration period on July 29, 2011, employees of an agency-regulated institution subject to the registration requirements must meet these requirements in order to originate residential mortgage loans. More information regarding the registry and the registration process is available at the registry’s website