(a) All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall expire on December 31 of each year. Application for renewal shall be made annually on or before December 1 of each year to be effective for the following year.
(b) Any licensee making proper application, including all supporting documents and all applicable fees required by this chapter and any regulations promulgated by the department, for a license renewal to operate during the following calendar year, and filing the application December 1, shall be permitted to continue to operate pending final approval or disapproval of the application for the license renewal for the following year if final approval or disapproval is not granted prior to February 1.
(c) Each renewal application shall be accompanied by a five hundred dollar ($500) annual license application fee, which fee will not be refunded or prorated.
(d) Any person holding a license pursuant to this chapter who fails to file a proper application for a license renewal for the following year, including the proper fee accompanying the application, on or before February 1, and who files an application after February 1, may be required to pay, in addition to the license fee, a penalty of 10 percent for each month or part thereof that the licensee is delinquent in the payment of such license fee.
(e) The department may require a licensee to renew a license through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry.