(1) It is unlawful for a person to directly or indirectly engage in or attempt to engage in business as an appraisal management company or to advertise or hold itself out as engaging in or conducting business as an appraisal management company in this state without first obtaining a registration issued by the board.
(2) An application for the registration required by subsection (1) of this section shall include the following information:
(a) The name of the person seeking registration and any other name or names, if any, under which it will do business in this state;
(b) The business address of the person seeking registration;
(c) The telephone contact information of the person seeking registration;
(d) If the person seeking registration is not a corporation that is domiciled in this state, the name and contact information for the person's agent for service of process in this state;
(e) The name, address, and contact information for any person that owns ten percent or more of the person seeking registration;
(f) The name, address, and contact information for one controlling person designated as the main contact for all communication between the person seeking registration and the board;
(g) A certification that the person seeking registration has a system and process in place to verify that an appraiser selected to the appraiser panel of the person seeking registration holds a license or certification in good standing in this state pursuant to the Real Property Appraiser Act;
(h) A certification that the person seeking registration requires appraisers completing appraisal services at the person's request to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, including the requirements for geographic and product competence;
(i) A certification that the person seeking registration has a system in place to verify that only licensed or certified appraisers are used for federally related transactions;
(j) A certification that the person seeking registration has a system in place to require that appraisals are conducted independently and free from inappropriate influence and coercion as required by the appraisal independence standards established under section 129E of the federal Truth in Lending Act, as amended, including the requirements for payment of a reasonable and customary fee to appraisers when the appraisal management company is providing appraisal services for a consumer credit transaction secured by the principal dwelling of a consumer;
(k) A certification that the person seeking registration maintains a detailed record of each request for appraisal services that it receives and the appraiser that performs the residential real estate appraisal services for the appraisal management company;
(l) If the person seeking registration is a nonresident, an irrevocable consent for service of process, if required pursuant to section 76-3205; and
(m) Any other information required by the board which is reasonably necessary to implement the Nebraska Appraisal Management Company Registration Act.
(3) An applicant for registration as an appraisal management company in this state shall submit to the board an application on a form or forms prescribed by the board.
(4) An applicant for registration as an appraisal management company in this state shall furnish to the board, at the time of making application, a surety bond in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars. The surety bond required under this subsection shall be issued by a bonding company or insurance company authorized to do business in this state, and a copy of the bond shall be filed with the board. The bond shall be in favor of the state for the benefit of any person who is damaged by any violation of the Nebraska Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. The bond shall also be in favor of any person damaged by such a violation. Any person claiming against the bond for a violation of the act may maintain an action at law against the appraisal management company and against the surety. The aggregate liability of the surety to all persons damaged by a violation of the act by an appraisal management company shall not exceed the amount of the bond. The bond shall be maintained until one year after the date that the appraisal management company ceases operation in this state.
(5) A registration issued pursuant to the Nebraska Appraisal Management Company Registration Act shall be valid for two years after the date on which it is issued. An application for the renewal of a registration shall include substantially similar information required for the initial registration as provided in subsection (2) of this section.